Godwin Heights takes Silver again with win over Calvin Christian
Grandville – Lamar Norman was determined to dunk on someone, Tuesday night.
He did. And it was over the tallest guy on the floor.
Norman had 24 points as Wyoming Godwin Heights beat Grandville Calvin Christian, 69-53.
The Wolverines, the top-ranked team and defending champs in Class B, improve to 16-2 and 9-0 in the OK Silver Division. The win clinches the league championship for a remarkable seventh consecutive season.
“I think it’s a real good confidence boost for us,” said senior Leon Redd, who finished with 20 points. “I think it’s good to show people that we’re going to continue to contend every year.”
Norman is one of the state’s top sophomores. He said he’s 6-foot-2, but his stylish high-top fade haircut may add a few inches.
“I think it adds like two inches,” Norman said.
He didn’t need the extra height when he dunked over Calvin Christian’s 6-foot-9 Blake Verbeek in the fourth quarter, another outstanding player in the 2018 class.
“In my mind, I was like ‘I’m gonna dunk on somebody, sometime,’” said Norman, who also had five steals and two assists. “I tried it and he went up (to block the shot) and I got it in. It felt good.”
The game was tied 28-28 at halftime.
Squires senior guard Tony DeWitte had back-to-back steals that resulted in baskets in the final minute of the first half. The first one, DeWitte took it himself. The second steal, he passed it up court to a streaking senior Braden Stevens.
But the third quarter was all Godwin Heights. Redd went on a tear, scoring 13 points in the quarter.
“They made a huge run in the third quarter,” Calvin Christian coach Ryan Stevens said. “We didn’t stop the ball and we didn’t answer after they went on like a 14-0 run.”
Said Redd: “I feel like we didn’t come out like we should have,” Redd said. “We came out kinda slow. They came out hard and gave us a fight.”
The Wolverines put the game away for good when Norman stole a pass at mid-court, drove hard to the lane and threw down a dunk over a defender to give Godwin a 41-30 lead with 5:44 to go in the third quarter.
Stevens said he can appreciate the dominance of Godwin Heights, which is a combined 66-4 over the last three seasons.
“It shows we have someone in our league that’s really good,” said Stevens, who is in his 18th season at Calvin Christian. “They are one of the best teams in the area year in and year out. I love to play them.”
Christian Rodriguez, a junior guard, had 11 points and six assists for the Wolverines.
DeWitte led Calvin Christian (14-3, 6-3) with 18 points and four assists. Verbeek had 11 points, eight rebounds and four blocked shots.