The midday matchup of Bellarmine Prep and Kentwood was everything it was cracked up to be: a battle between Bellarmine’s elite backcourt and Kentwood powerful frontcourt.
The big guys won.
Hulking sophomore Josh Smith scored 29 points, and smooth senior Jeremy Green scored 27 in Kentwood’s 80-75 victory. When the Conks got the ball inside, they finished. Kentwood shot 69 percent in the win.
“I think we can live with that,” coach Michael Angelidis said with a smile.
It came down to a compelling fourth quarter, but Kentwood rally won this game in the first. The Conks, ranked sixth in 4A for the moment, came out taking advantage of every Bellarmine mistake and getting the ball inside to Smith and Green.
Behind guards Abdul Gaddy and Avery Bradley — who was limping for most of the second half with a sore ankle — Bellarmine came back, though, cutting the lead down to one. Bradley scored 30, and Gaddy scored 26. Together, they shot 20-for-43.
Then Kentwood held on in the fourth, making all nine of its fourth-quarter shots for the win. Smith, who made 14 of 15 shots, also had six rebounds and four blocks.