by Ben Murphy
The second ranked Northern Michigan Christian boys basketball team took a step out of league play on Friday night, taking on a solid Traverse City Christian team. The visiting Comets were up to the task though, getting a 36-31 victory.
“Tough game, we had good half court defense but our shooting was the worst it has been all year,” head coach Kyle Benthem said. “Very happy that game is over, TCC took the air out of the ball and really slowed the game down. It worked very well and got our kids out of sync. I want to thank our fan base for traveling so well and the support they are giving us. We need to play better down the stretch and that falls on me.”
The game was deadlocked at 9-apiece after the first quarter, though NMC held small 17-13 and 24-23 leads after the other quarter breaks. The Comets had their best offensive frame of the night in the fourth, putting in 12 points.
The Comets were led by Trevin Winkle with 20 points and eight rebounds and Blake DeZeeuw added 13 points.
NMC (17-0 overall, 14-0 Highland) was at home against Beal City on Thursday, hosts Frankfort on Saturday and wraps up the regular season on Thursday at crosstown rival McBain.