East Kentwood Basketball Soars Heading into Conference Play

East Kentwood before an early season game against Caledonia
East Kentwood before an early season game against Caledonia

Down 20 points midway through the second-quarter, the East Kentwood boys basketball team faced a tough reality.


On the other bench sat Goliath. Well, he might as well have; at 6 foot 10 inches, Michigan State commit Deyonta Davis led the Muskegon Big Reds to 31 straight wins dating back to last season. This season, the Big Reds were looking to run off another perfect run and had just built a 27-7 lead off of a 15-0 run during the second-quarter.


Most teams would’ve shut down and packed it in. It’s not very often teams recover from a 20-point deficit, especially against a team as formidable as Muskegon.


Then again, East Kentwood coach Jeff Anama’s team isn’t just another team.


The Falcons would answer with their vaunted full-court press that was able neutralize Davis and lead to turnovers, and ultimately, a 58-57 victory in the final seconds!

East Kentwood senior Brent Kimbrel
East Kentwood senior Brent Kimbrel


That win over Muskegon sent shock waves throughout Michigan and established the Falcons as a team to beat going forward.


Since then, East Kentwood has stayed perfect, posting a 7-0 record.


The Falcons are lead by Micah Rosser and Brent Kimbrel. Rosser leads the team in scoring with a little over 12 points per game.


Kimbrel, a senior averaging 10 points per game himself, is the leader of the team. His biggest asset is speed and he uses it to wreak havoc on defense and get easy buckets on offense. Most importantly, as a 4 year varsity player, he’s consistent and a rock for the Falcons to rally behind.


The Falcons relentless defense and aggressive offense is tough for any team to handle for 36 minutes. With OK-Red conference action set to start this Friday, the Falcons will have a big target on their back as the team to beat.


East Kentwood hosts West Ottawa on Friday night.