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The Grosse Ile boys’ basketball team remains in the Huron League title hunt after posting a pair of league wins over Monroe Jefferson and Carleton Airport last week.

On Tuesday, the Red Devils came away with a 57-44 road victory over Monroe Jefferson.

The Red Devils, who were playing their seventh game on an eight-game road trip, started hot and ran out to a 21-6 lead after one quarter.

The early lead allowed Grosse Ile to survive a bit of foul trouble in the second and third quarters and the Devils built a 21-point lead entering the final quarter.

“We played a lot better,” Grosse Ile Coach Bryan Friel said. “We needed to get a victory under our belts.”

Danny McCarty led the Red Devils with 17 points while Tyler London scored 12 and Will Sassack added nine.

Grosse Ile also received a boost from floor general Brian Christen, who returned to the point guard position after missing a few games with an injury.

The lengthy Red Devil road trip came to an end on Friday with a 50-40 win over Carleton Airport.

“We got off to another quick start and led 22-14 in the first quarter,” Friel said. “From there, we struggled to score.”

“They did a good job on defense and we didn’t really make shots.”

Airport cut into the lead late and got to within four points in the fourth quarter, but the Red Devils converted their free throw opportunities down the stretch to pull away and secure the victory.

“Our defense was very strong and, in the second half, we held them to 12 points,” Friel said. “They only had one basket, a three-pointer, in the fourth.”

London scored 11 of his 16 points in the first quarter and made four three-pointers on the night. He also pulled down seven rebounds in the win.

McCarty also had a big opening quarter with nine points and also had 16 on the night while Keeton Ross was solid on the glass with seven rebounds.

The Red Devils (6-3, 3-1 Huron League) hosted Milan on Tuesday and will remain home against Flat Rock on Friday.

Huron splits

Huron split a pair of games last week to remain at .500 in the Huron League standings with a win over Flat Rock and a loss to undefeated Monroe St. Mary Catholic Central.

On Tuesday, the Chiefs hosted Flat Rock and defeated the Rams 52-37.

The Chiefs carried a 19-12 lead into the half and gradually built their lead throughout the second half with a four-point advantage in each of the final two quarters.

Bill Ames led Huron with 21 points. Tyler Olson added nine and Tony Flaim had seven in the win.

On Friday, Huron fell to SMCC 55-39.

The Chiefs fell behind early and trailed 13-3 after one quarter.

The offense picked up in the second quarter with 18 points, but it was negated by 21 SMCC points for a 33-21 deficit at the break.

“We never really got it to where we could make a legitimate run at them in the second half,” Huron Coach Joe Cieslak said. “We did do some good things at times. We just lacked some consistency on Friday.”

Tom Eskew paced the Chiefs with 13 points. Karan Ghuman had 11 in the loss and Ames added nine.

The Chiefs (3-5, 2-2 Huron League) traveled to Carleton Airport on Tuesday and will head to Riverview for a league matchup with the Bucs on Friday.

Last Updated: 1/22/2013 1:49:17 PM EST