By Ben Murphy
Beaverton may not have been able to defend its Jack Pine Conference championship this year, but they managed to show they were still plenty good Monday night, topping host Harrison 66-32 in Jack Pine Conference boys’ basketball.
“It was a tough, tough game,” Harrison head coach Jim Hoshield said. “Everything they threw up went in and we couldn’t rebound, we didn’t play inside the paint like I wanted to. Our game plan was to hit the boards hard and play hard-nose, gutty defense and not give up uncontested shots. Well, to say the least we didn’t stick to our game plan very well.”
The Beavers outscored Harrison in every quarter, with Beaverton leading 16-10 after the first, 35-17 at the half and 50-25 entering the fourth.
“Beaverton is a good team,” Hoshield said. “We broke their press pretty easy compared to the last time we played. I just hope we continue on working to get better every time we hit the floor.”
Bret Coughlin led Harrison with 12 points and Justin Yager added eight.
Harrison (4-13 overall, 3-9 JPC) played at Houghton Lake on Thursday, hosts Meridian in a make-up game on Saturday and opens class ‘B’ district play on Monday against Big Rapids, in Reed City.
Hoshield also announced that the team will be hosting its third annual Parent-Sons Basketball game and banquet on March 8. For more information contact the school’s athletic office.