The first half was slow moving as the Cougars took an early lead by getting second chance opportunities and converting early in their offense. The Red Hawks struggled to find their shooting touch as they went 1 for 14 from three-point range in the half. Kalamazoo Valley used their tough defense to take a 26-19 lead to the half.
The second half started out like the first half, as the Red Hawks were unable to get to anything going early and the lead expanded to 22 for the Cougars. A quick run brought the Red Hawks back within ten with four minutes remaining, led by aggressive attacks to the basket from Sheddrick Porter and Jaguar Jackson. The lead was too large to complete the comeback though, and the Red Hawks fell to 1-2 in the conference.
The Red Hawks travel to Mount Pleasant on Saturday, January 12, 2019 for a 3:00 pm start.