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South Christian Comeback In This Week’s Flashback

Contact:  John Johnson
517.332.5046 or media@mhsaa.com

EAST LANSING, Mich. – Aug. 8 –  A fourth-quarter comeback by Grand Rapids South Christian to win the 1988 Class B Boys Basketball crown is the feature in this week’s 80’s Finals Flashback series on MHSAA.TV.  The seventh game in our weekly summer series is the future Michigan State star-laden clash between the Sailors and Redford Bishop Borgess.

Here’s a look at this week’s game:

Week of August 8 – Grand Rapids South Christian 69, Redford Bishop Borgess 66 – 1988 Class B Boys Basketball Final - A battle of future Michigan State University players was a feature of the Class B showdown. Matt Steigenga of Grand Rapids South Christian, and Parish Hickman, 6-7, 205-pound forward from Redford Bishop Borgess, were the focal points of the game. Leading 53-45 after three quarters, Borgess appeared to be in the driver's seat. However, Steigenga began a Sailor comeback with a thundering dunk off an offensive rebound to open the fourth quarter of play. South Christian scored eight of the next 10 points, tieing the contest at 55 with 5:29 remaining. Despite picking up his fourth personal foul before the end of the first half, Steigenga grabbed six offensive rebounds in the final frame, while Mark Wierenga, scored eight of his 21 points as the Sailors defeated Borgess, 69-66. The Spartans had one last chance when sophomore Shawn Respert hit a three-pointer with 10 seconds remaining to pull within three. The future MSU star launched a 35-footer at the buzzer that could have tied the game, but the shot bounced off the rim.  Steigenga and Hickman each finished with 21 points apiece. (Watch that Steigenga fourth-quarter dunk by Clicking Here)

A new game will be posted online each Monday through the week of August 22.  DVD’s may be purchased directly from the MHSAA.TV Website – just click the Get DVD button below the player. 

Next week’s game is the 1988 Class C Girls Basketball Final between St. Joseph Lake Michigan Catholic and Ontonagon.  The 80’s Finals Flashback series runs through the week of August 22.

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