With 36 seconds left in Tuesday’s home game, the Greenville Yellow Jackets boys basketball team was up by six points with junior Caleb Clements heading to the line.
Junior Trevor Zamarron could feel it — he threw his hands up in the air and walked to the student section to hand out some high-fives. The Jackets were 36 seconds away from their first victory since Dec. 29.
Belding has had its fair share of struggles against Sparta since the latter joined the O-K Silver at the beginning of the 2020-2021 season. The Spartans won the first conference meeting in the COVID-19 shortened season and swept the Black Knights last season.
Prior to the Spartans realigning in the Silver, they had won three-straight standalone games in the nonconference. Belding hadn’t beaten Sparta since 2016 — that changed on Jan. 10 when the Black Knights beat the Spartans by three points in Belding.
Most opponents who step into Community Fieldhouse to play the Eagles’ girls basketball team know the objective — score at least 30 points.
In games this season where the Carson City-Crystal Eagles give up at least 30 points on defense, the Eagles are 1-3, with their only win coming against Tri County. It doesn’t sound too difficult on paper, but through 16 games, only four opponents have completed the feat against the solid 2-3 zone defense of the Eagles.
Shea Ingles emerged from the Central Montcalm locker room on Friday drenched, from head to toe. The celebration in the Green Hornet locker room was both joyous and sneaky.
Ingles said he walked into the room, waiting to scream and celebrate with his guys after a 55-32 win over Central State Activities Association, and cross-county, rival Lakeview — but no one was in the room. The Hornets had done this to their head coach already once before.
JT Smith has had a prolific basketball career at Montabella High School.
The senior will be the first to tell you about some of the best wins and achievements he’s had in his basketball career. But he had a chance to do one thing he’d never done in his basketball career on Wednesday — beat Carson City-Crystal.
Mason Smith has evolved as a floor general for the Carson City-Crystal boys basketball team in his senior season. He directs traffic throughout the Eagles’ offensive sets and can make the timely passes with power and precision.
Smith has also stepped up as a leader for the Eagles, and he’s a dual threat on either side of the floor. CC-C had a steadfast leader in Mitchell Wing last year who could score the ball with ease. Smith was the secondary punch in that combination last year, but he’s that first hit — the shock to the system in the backcourt — to other teams.