COLOMA — First Zach Goodline had to help Coloma win a key Southwestern Athletic Conference Lakeshore Division boys basketball matchup with Martin.

Once the game was in hand, he was able to think about a personal milestone.

Goodline scored his 2,000th career point as Coloma defeated Martin 78-48 to take sole possession of first place in the SAC Lakeshore. He finished with a game-high 31 points, and added eight rebounds and six assists.

“We lost to Martin the first time, so I was just trying to get a ‘W’,” Goodline said. “I know the 2,000 points is going to come. Then I saw everybody hold up ‘7’ in the fourth quarter, so I got a couple buckets down the stretch. I started off slow, but in the second half I played better.”

Coloma lost the girls game of the doubleheader 37-30.

In the boys game, Martin (5-2 SAC Lakeshore, 9-2) led 19-18 midway through the second quarter, and Goodline had just two points at the time. However, Coloma closed the half on an 18-2 run to lead 36-21 at the break. Martin never got closer than nine in the second half.

“There’s probably a little bit of conditioning that’s involved in that,” Coloma coach Paul Marfia said. “(Martin) was relying a lot on jump shots for their scoring, and I think in the second half their legs were a little tired and they were just a little off.”

Goodline scored 18 of his points in the fourth quarter. After struggling with his shot early on, he began to find his range in the fourth. A pair of long, contested 3-pointers back-to-back made the score 73-43 and put him just a point away from 2,000.

“The past couple games I’ve been struggling from the 3-point line,” Goodline said. “Second half my shots started to fall. This is our first game at home in almost a month, since Benton Harbor (on Jan. 15). It was nice playing at home where I shoot hundreds of shots every day.”

Goodline then drew a foul and made the first of two foul shots to reach the milestone. He missed the second and left the game shortly after.

“If you’ve never watched him play and you don’t know him, you’d think he has to be a ballhog or a kid that shoots a lot because he has that many points,” Marfia said. “But he is probably one of the most unselfish people I’ve ever coached that can shoot as good as he does. He gets more joy watching other people score and being excited about that.”

Goodline, the reigning state champion in the MHSAA’s annual free-throw contest, was 12 for 14 from the line. Twice he was awarded four free throws after he was fouled going to the basket and Martin defenders were hit with technical fouls for complaining about the call. Each time, he sank all four free throws.

Goodline’s late performance overshadowed a strong game from his younger brother. Sophomore Drew Goodline finished with 19 points, going 6-for-8 from the field and 4-for-4 from the line. Phillip Caldwell added 10 points.

Alex Hardy and Clayton Geerlings each scored 14 to lead Martin.

In the girls game, Coloma (2-5, 3-8) had a chance for an upset, leading 30-29 with 2:13 left. Martin (5-1, 7-1) recovered to score the game’s final seven points for the win.

“We had them down,” Coloma coach Kim Swisher said. “Costly turnovers definitely at the end. They’re probably one of the more physical teams we’ll see.

“Overall it was a good night. We’re improving every day. We’re looking at the bigger picture down the road here in a month. That’s what we’re all striving for.”

Megan Neubecker led Coloma with 10 points and nine rebounds. Jaclyn Hildebrand scored a game-high 14 for Martin.

Coloma 78, Martin 48


Carter Hilton 1 0-0 3, Cayden Curry 3 0-0 8, Alex Hardy 5 0-2 14, Collin Coburn 1 0-0 2, Clayton Geerlings 6 0-0 14, Mitchell Jager 1 0-0 3, Jacob Yowler 2 0-0 4. Totals: 19 0-2 48.


Zach Goodline 7 12-14 31, Drew Goodline 6 4-4 19, Kenny Crowder 3 0-0 6, Michael Dancer 1 0-1 2, Isaiah Reinhardt 1 0-0 2, Jackson Hodges 1 0-0 2, Hunter Crist 3 0-0 6, Phillip Caldwell 3 3-5 10. Totals: 25 19-24 78.



3-point goals — Martin 10 (Hardy 4, Curry 2, Geerlings 2, Jager, Hilton), Coloma 9 (Z. Goodline 5, D. Goodline 3, Caldwell). Total fouls — Martin 19, Coloma 8. Fouled out — none. Technical fouls — Martin bench, Geerlings (M), Curry (M). Rebounds — Coloma 43 (Z. Goodline 8, Crowder 8), Martin 28 (Hilton 7).

Records — Martin 5-2 SAC Lakeshore, 9-2; Coloma 6-1, 9-4.

Martin 37, Coloma 30


Kiaya Warner 2 2-5 6, Briana Warner 2 0-0 4, Jaclyn Hildebrand 5 3-6 14, Gracie Shettler 1 1-2 4, Faith Guritz 2 3-3 7, Freddie Elkins 1 0-0 2. Totals: 13 9-16 37.


Megan Neubecker 2 6-6 10, Megan Koenigshof 3 0-0 6, Marissa Sherburn 2 0-0 5, Cassidy Dryer 1 0-0 2, Vanessa Crisenbery 1 1-3 3, A. Allmon 1 1-2 4. Totals: 10 8-11 30.



3-point goals — Martin 2 (Hildebrand, Shettler), Coloma 2 (Sherburn, Allmon). Total fouls — Martin 15, Coloma 14. Fouled out — none. Technical fouls — none.

Records — Martin 5-1, 7-1; Coloma 2-5, 3-8.

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