Eaton Rapids scored the first nine points of the game last night against Portland and led at the end of the first quarter 23-8. The Greyhounds were dressed in special Purple and Pink uniforms to commemorate Eaton Rapids fans and parents who were fighting cancer or had successfully survived it. They played fast and hard all night and used their bench extensively. They led at half-time 37-14, and at the end of the third quarter 61-28. Early in the fourth quarter they extended their lead to 68-28 and a running clock remained in effect for the rest of the game. The Greyhounds were simply unstoppable.
Portland could not seem to get into any flow. Eaton Rapids double-teamed the ball wherever it went. The Raiders passed and shared the ball well but most of their shots clinked off the rim or simply popped out of the basket. Aryan Virk and Owen Russell, the Raiders two top scorers, were held to a combined 13 points. Eaton Rapids on the other hand had eleven players score in the game and were led by Gleason and Sysum with 13 and 11 points respectively.
Eaton Rapids moved to 13-3 on the year. They have lost twice to Lansing Catholic and once to Ionia. All three were very close games. Last week they defeated Division I powerhouse Okemos in overtime. They will be heavy favorites in the upcoming MHSAA District in Olivet, where the Raiders are also scheduled to play, and could have a deep tournament run this year.
Portland, now 5-12 on the year, will return to action next Friday night when they host Charlotte who is 3-12 on the year. The Raiders lost to Charlotte earlier in the season in overtime. Coach Jason Goerge, who sat out last nights game serving a one-game MHSAA suspension, will return to the bench on Friday night.