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**Article Written by Tim Smith
Yes, Plymouth Christian Academy did lead 26-20 at halftime of Friday’s Class D boys basketball district final against Ann Arbor Rudolf Steiner.
But the wearers of the purple might have been feeling a little blue because the game at PCA wasn’t going as smoothly as they thought it should have.
“I think we were a little overzealous in the first half,” Eagles head coach Matt Windle said. “We had a few jitters coming out, which can be understandable.”
The tables turned in the third, largely thanks to a 13-point frame from junior wing Matt Malcolm, and PCA got on a roll that continued until closing out a 70-38 victory.
“We came out in the second half and calmed down,” said Windle, whose 15-7 team will face Hillsdale Academy 5 p.m. Monday at the Lansing Christian-hosted regional. “We played our basketball and really settled in after that.
“We did a great job pressuring them defensively in the second half which helped a lot.”
Of course, Malcolm hitting “some big shots for us” helped the team relax. He finished with 21 points to lead all scorers and pulled down seven rebounds.
Windle also pointed to the contributions of Levi Yakuber, who “made some great effort plays that really gave us a lot of positive energy and momentum.”
Yakuber wound up with seven points, while another big performer for the Eagles was Max Okolo (13 points, nine rebounds).
Adding six points each were Jayme Fadden and Brian Schlientz.
For Rudolf Steiner, Schuyler Distelzweig and Marshall Hayes scored 13 and 10 points, respectively.
PCA got off to a 14-10 lead after one frame and padded the edge slightly to 26-20 at the break.
With Malcolm connecting from long range (a trey) and short range (6-of-6 from the line), the Eagles enjoyed a 23-10 advantage in the third to go up 49-30 and coast from there.