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BOYS' BASKETBALL: Grosse Ile runs by Woodhaven in season-opener (VIDEO)

Season-openers often feature sluggish offenses and erratic shooting while teams look to find their legs and their stroke.

Apparently, Red Devils are immune to such early-season scoring slumps.

Grosse Ile was led by five players in double-figures in a season-opening home victory over Woodhaven Tuesday night 69-52.

The transition game worked wonders for Grosse Ile as the Red Devils consistently pushed the ball off of rebounds and turnovers and did an effective job of avoiding traps.

I dont even know if we ran our offense because they kept trapping and we ended up in 3-on-2s or 4-on-3s, Grosse Ile Coach Bryan Friel said. They kept trapping and our kids did a great job of getting out of it and finding the open man.

Both teams stumbled out of the gate offensively, but picked it up as the first quarter progressed with Grosse Ile taking a 12-8 lead.

Brian Christen scored eight points in the second quarter and led the Red Devils to a 31-21 halftime lead.

After the break, Woodhavens offense woke up to the tune of 19 third-quarter points, led by 10 from Donnie Stoddard. Unfortunately for the Warriors, Grosse Ile and their transition offense also lit the scoreboard in the quarter with 26 points and extended their lead to 17 points entering the fourth, 57-40.

Were a young team and its going to take a while for us to get things started, Woodhaven Coach Greg Scheffler said. Well go back to the drawing board, but theyre a good team. They came prepared and I tip my hat to Bryan.

Tyler London led the Red Devils with 15 points and added five rebounds. Christen had a solid all-around performance with 11 points, seven rebounds and seven assists.

(Christen) is a really strong kid, hes a football kid, Friel said. Hes probably the strongest kid at our school.

Will Sassack, Danny McCarty and Tommy Daly each scored ten points and Keeton Ross added seven points and five rebounds.

Stoddard led all scorers with 18 points with 15 of those coming in the second half. The senior also pulled down six rebounds and went 6-for-8 from the free throw line.

Hes definitely stepped it up, Scheffler said.

Donovan Williams chipped in with nine points and Maurice Witherspoon added seven in the loss.

Grosse Ile (1-0) will travel to Wyandotte on Monday for a matchup with Roosevelt and Woodhaven (0-1) will take the floor on Friday at home against Garden City.

Last Updated: 12/7/2012 2:16:24 PM EST

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