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Second half defense propels Zeeland East to win over Reeths-Puffer

Chix allow just 10 points after halftime in win
Posted at 8:08 AM, Feb 12, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-12 23:41:27-05
Zeeland East 50, Reeths-Puffer 29

Zeeland East broke open a close game with a strong defensive effort in the second half Thursday as the Chix beat OK Green foe Reeths-Puffer, 50-29.

Zeeland East (2-0, 2-0), which led by four at the break, outscored the Rockets 27-10 after halftime.

"We really came out with defensive intensity, Zeeland East senior center Nate Claerbaut said about the second half." Coach was telling us to lock them down on D in the second half, we held them to ten points, that is exactly what we did."

Nate Claerbaut led the charge for the Chix with 13 points and 10 rebounds, senior Luke Gruppen scored 11 points off the bench and senior Trip Riemersma added 10 point and 6 boards.

"This opponent was going to be stronger than last week," Nate Claerbaut said about Reeths-Puffer which had opened the season with a win over Wyoming. "We just had to come out and play hard and that is exactly what we did."

Puffer (1-1, 1-1) was led by Kendall Smith's 12 points