Ferris’ Men Score Huge Victory Over Grand Valley

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ALLENDALE — Ferris’ State men’s basketball team earned an 83-76 GLIAC victory over arch-rival Grand Valley to remain the only conference school undefeated on Thursday.

Dorian Aluyi was 5 of 7 in the 3-point area and scored 23 points while shooting five rebounds while Lee Higgins added 21 points with 7-of-10 shooting from the floor and had five rebounds. Walt Kelser had 10 points and nine rebounds. Ben Davidson had nine points from the bench.

Aluyi and Lee Higgins got a pair of big hat-tricks about four minutes late in the game to help the Bulldogs cement their lead.


“They got the license to shoot when they’re open,” Ferris coach Andy Bronkema said. “If they can shoot it when they’re open, they can shoot it and they’ve done it and they’ve done it and we trust them. I thought those games were big. But I thought grainy games were bigger. We’ve had just enough gritty games. Grand Valley is so strong with its half-court defense and it’s like a fortress. It is difficult to enter it. It’s hard to get hits. Their field goal percentage defense is there for a reason every year.

“We just made enough gritty games. These are the ones that excited me. A few times we had offensive rebounds and found a way to put them back, like picking up a loose ball. It was the games that did it tonight. It was a bit like the Duluth game (January 2) with two teams coming and going. One team had to lose and one team had to win. Half the fans are happy and half the fans are sad.

Ferris was passed 46-44 but only committed five turnovers.

“It’s an incredible rating,” Bronkema said. “I have to go back to the movie on this one and check it out. So many big plays have been made. There were even guys who weren’t playing very well but fought hard and were where they were supposed to be. They were jostling. There were many scenarios. It was a fairly cool night.

Jake Van Tubbergen and Delson Brown had 17 points each for Grand Valley.

The GVSU Arena was filled with many Ferris fans.

“It was loud for us,” Bronkema said. “For most people, it’s five minutes closer than Big Rapids. So come to Big Rapids and support both teams. We appreciate that. There are so many people who love Bulldogs and have enjoyed this game. There are so many familiar faces. It’s quite exciting”

Ferris is 12-3 overall and 7-0 in the GLIAC. Grand Valley drops to 3-2 and 9-3.

“We had a lot of freshmen in the game and they were making great plays for us,” Bronkema said.

The Bulldogs play in Davenport on Saturday.

BOYS BASKETBALL

East Mason County 55, Baldwin 51

CUSTER — The Baldwin boys’ basketball team lost their first game of the season Thursday at Mason County Eastern.

Coach JJ Eads called it a “very frustrating night”. His team fell to 5-1 and 5-1 in the West Michigan D League. MCE is 4-1 in the league and 4-2 overall.

“We lost a 15-point lead in the second quarter,” Baldwin coach JJ Eads said. “MCE got under five at halftime 29-24. We led basically until the three-minute mark. Our lack of defensive rebound was the main downside tonight.

Carmelo Lindsey scored 20 points while SJ Hossler had 13 for Baldwin.

“We haven’t shot well from the 3-point line yet,” Eads said.

Baldwin will be at Traverse City Christian on Tuesday in a non-league game.

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