Monday, May 20, 2024

Ionia boys basketball wins district semifinal over Portland, 53-43; will play for district title again

Around a minute showed on the game clock, Scott Swinehart looked up at Forest Hills Eastern’s scoreboard. Not much time left, he almost cracked a half-smile.

His Ionia boys basketball team was leading Wednesday’s Division 2 district semifinal by double digits, seemed like the Bulldogs were just about to win the game over Portland — their third win this season over the Raiders and No. 14 in a row in the series overall, a streak dating back to March 10, 2017, in a district final at Charlotte.

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