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BOYS' BASKETBALL: Huron League roundup

Huron opened its season in exciting fashion last Tuesday after a tie-breaking three-pointer in the final 10 seconds secured a 50-47 win at Garden City.

Tied 47-47, Huron’s Bill Ames, who led the Chiefs with 25 points, knocked down a game-winning triple with nine seconds remaining.

“Our possession started with about 40 seconds left and we ran our delay until I called a timeout with 15 seconds to go,” Huron Coach Joe Cieslak said. “We ran a sideline out-of-bounds play and (Ames) was one of our options.”

“We inbounded it to him, he had a good look, took the shot and made it.”

The final shot was a fitting way to end a closely-contested battle in which neither team was able to build a comfortable lead.

“I don’t think we were ever up more than about five points the whole game,” Cieslak said. “We never pulled away and they were always within range.”

Tyler Olson and Karan Ghuman each scored seven in the victory and Tony Flaim added six.

“In a close game like that, it can come down to one or two possessions in a game and we were able to convert on an opportunity and score in a clutch situation,” Cieslak said. “We had some lulls at different times, but overall, it was a solid effort and definitely something to build on.”

The Chiefs (1-0) hosted Woodhaven last night and will travel to Dearborn on Tuesday.



Flat Rock splits

Flat Rock went 1-1 in its opening week with a win over Ida on Wednesday and a loss to Dundee on Friday.

The 2012-13 campaign began for the Rams with a 61-53 home victory over Ida.

“We played real well,” Flat Rock Coach Dave Bogataj said. “They were a bigger team than we are, but we were pretty aggressive.”

Mike Chickeral was stellar in his first game back in uniform after a foot injury prematurely ended his season last year and led the Rams with 21 points.

Mike Blosser was a force in the middle and pulled down 12 rebounds to go with seven points.

“It was a nice team win to start the year off,” Bogataj said. “We played really aggressive defense, trying to be quick and physical and use our speed, and we forced a lot of turnovers for some easy baskets.”

Foul trouble plagued the Rams on Friday in a 68-49 loss at Dundee.

“We had a tremendous amount of fouls for the game,” said Bogataj, whose Rams were whistled for 31 fouls compared to 12 for Dundee. “We were in foul trouble all night and that was hard to overcome.”

Despite the whistles, the Rams trailed by only one, 35-34, at the half and were within four with 4:30 remaining, but Dundee knocked down four consecutive triples to pull away late.

“We competed for a while, but just kind of fell apart in the last four minutes,” Bogataj said.

Chickeral led the Rams with 17 points and Blosser added 14 in the loss.

The Rams (1-1) will travel to Summit Academy tomorrow night.



Last Updated: 12/11/2012 2:00:01 PM EST

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