Boys Face Stiff Competition in Wolverine Conference

By Travis Smola

The Vicksburg boys’ basketball team dropped its first two games back from Christmas break, but are still sitting in a good position with a 5-3 record. Their latest was a 64-49 win against Edwardsburg.

Their first game off the break was a tough test against Portage Northern that the Bulldogs eventually lost 61-55. The following game, the Bulldogs scored their fewest points all year in a 50-37 loss against Sturgis. The Trojans had a clear size advantage over Vicksburg.

This year’s squad is the embodiment of the word team. No one player has stood out as the go-to guy and Johnson noted they’ve had five different leading scorers in seven games. “We’ve got eight or nine guys that can play,” he said.

After two consecutive losses to start back from winter break, Vicksburg bounced back with a big win. By a score of 55-47, they won against a previously unbeaten Dowagiac squad that had knocked out Sturgis just before the winter break.

For Johnson, the win just goes to show how chaotic the southern part of the Wolverine Conference is this year. “You better be prepared every night,” Johnson said. The Wolverine is especially competitive for both boys and girls basketball this year and should make for some exciting matchups going forward.

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