While Harper Creek played a starter down due to illness, two of the other four starters powered the Beavers in a 84-52 thrashing of the Portage Central Mustangs Tuesday night. Senior Khylen Watkins scored a game-high 24 points, half of them coming from four three-balls, while senior TraVon Johnson added 23 points to keep the eighth-ranked in Class B Beavers undefeated at 5-0. Watkins and Johnson combined to shoot 71 percent from the field, while Harper Creek hit six from long range, their best showing of the season.

The Beavers were also without James Cadena, their second leading scorer, due to illness. His replacement, senior Coleton Swims, didn't score but had six assists on the night, all in the first quarter.

Sophomore Raine Potts scored 15 points for the Mustangs (1-4) off the bench to lead the way in the loss.

Here are the rest of the scores, including a shocking win for Battle Creek Central on the road at Holt.

GREATER BATTLE CREEK BASKETBALL GAME RECAPS:

Tuesday, Jan. 6
BOYS BASKETBALL

Game of the Night (broadcasted on WBCK):

  • Harper Creek 84, Portage Central 52
  • Harper Creek 5-0 - Portage Central 1-4

Battle Creek Games:

  • Battle Creek Central 56, Holt 55 (BC Central 2-5)
  • Plainwell 75, Lakeview 63 (Lakeview 0-5)
  • Pennfield 70, Comstock 46 (Pennfield 4-1)

Area Games:

  • Athens 55, Tekonsha 48 (Athens 2-2, Tekonsha 1-5)
  • Mendon 56, Galesburg-Augusta 43 (Galesburg-Augusta 0-5)
  • Hastings 66, Maple Valley 46 (Maple Valley 1-3)
  • Marshall 72, Gull Lake 69 (Marshall 5-0, Gull Lake 0-5)
  • Olivet 67, Parchment 47 (Olivet 3-2)

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Battle Creek Games:

  • Plainwell 45, Lakeview 41 - OT (Lakeview 2-3)
  • Harper Creek 57, Portage Central 36 (Harper Creek 1-4)
  • Battle Creek Central 66, Pennfield 48 (BC Central 4-4, Pennfield 3-3)
  • St. Philip 55, Litchfield 12 (St. Philip 6-2)
  • Calhoun Christian 44, Athens Factoryville Christian 22 (Calhoun Christian 3-2)

Area Games:

  • Jackson Christian 51, Bellevue 29 (Bellevue 2-3)
  • LaGrange Prairie Heights (IN) 46, Bronson 43 (Bronson 4-2)
  • Climax-Scotts 54, North Adams-Jerome 15 (Climax-Scotts 6-1)
  • Mendon 42, Galesburg-Augusta 38 (Galesburg-Augusta 5-3)
  • Marshall 49, Gull Lake 32 (Marshall 6-1, Gull Lake 4-3)
  • Homer 58, Athens 49 (Homer 5-2, Athens 3-3)
  • Hastings 57, Maple Valley 33 (Maple Valley 2-4)
  • Olivet 44, Parchment 31 (Olivet 5-2)
  • Springport 53, Quincy 19 (Quincy 0-5)
  • Tekonsha vs. Waldron (Tekonsha 0-3)
  • Reading 52, Union City 26 (Union City 2-5)

Wednesday, Jan. 7
GIRLS BASKETBALL

Area Games:

  • Delton vs. South Haven (Delton 1-3)