(New Buffalo, MI) - Despite losing two starting players to injury and sickness, the boys’ basketball team from New Buffalo easily improved to 17-1 on the season Tuesday night. The Bison, ranked No. 2 in Class D, beat Michigan Lutheran 95 to 52.
Ryan Vinson was out with the flu, and Mark Shaw sat out the game with a sprained ankle suffered on the hardwood last week. However, Head Coach Nate Tripp said his remaining players didn’t miss a beat.
“The starting unit that we had last night came out extremely hard. Very purposed and determined,” Tripp said.
The Bison jumped out to a 14 point lead at the end of the first quarter, then led by 25 points heading into the final period.
Tripp complimented the play of Anthony Lijewski and Zack Forker, who stepped up with 22 points and 20 points, respectively. The 6’ 9” Forker was 10 for 12 shooting from the floor. He also grabbed ten rebounds and blocked four shots.
Tripp also raved about the continued sensational play of Jeremiah Mitchell, who scored 21 points and grabbed 14 rebounds. Mitchell also dished out nine assists.
“Every game, [Jeremiah Mitchel] tends to get better and better and better,” Tripp said.
New Buffalo hosts Eau Claire Friday night. The Beavers (13-4) are ranked No. 14 in Class D under the Michigan High School Athletic Association power rankings based mainly on the strength of schedule.
The Bison defeated Eau Claire last month 85-76.
“Eau Claire is going to be a really tough game. They’re very quick. They match up with us very well speed-wise,” Tripp said.
Tripp said he expects Vinson and Shaw to be back on the court against the Beavers.