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MCBAIN — The Rich Bennett era at Northern Michigan Christian is off to a solid start.

REED CITY — McBain played to its strength in the season opener on Tuesday at the court of non-league foe Reed City, centering its half-court offense around the physical presence of powerful senior post Evan Haverkamp, and the strategy paid off in a 71-50 victory.

BLANCHARD — If it looked like football on a basketball court, Danny Michell understands.

• Calvin College sophomore Trevin Winkle (McBain NMC) recorded two points and two rebounds in the Knights’ 73-65 win over Concordia-Wisconsin on Friday. He also had eight points and four rebounds in a 75-45 win over Wilmington on Saturday.

BIG RAPIDS — Start to finish, this was the typical rivalry game.