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BOYS' BASKETBALL: Huron League roundup

Grosse Ile locked up a tie for third place in the Huron League standings with Huron after a pair of league wins last week, including a revenge win over the Chiefs on Friday.

The Red Devils avenged a 41-38 home loss to Huron on Jan. 29 with a 57-46 road win over the Chiefs on Friday.

Grosse Ile turned a five-point halftime lead into a 10-point advantage entering the fourth thanks to a strong defensive effort.

“We did a really nice job on defense in the game,” Grosse Ile Coach Bryan Friel said.

The Chiefs fought back in the fourth and cut the lead to four points, but unlike the first meeting, the Red Devils held on for the win.

“Obviously that first game we blew a lead,” Friel said. “There was a bit of nervousness in the fourth quarter when it got down to four, but we got the stops we needed and made the free throws we needed. It definitely felt good.”

Danny McCarty led all scorers with 18 points while Will Sassack, Brian Christen and Andrew Mitroka each added eight for the Devils.

Huron led by seven at one point in the second quarter, but was held scoreless over the final four minutes of the half.

“We couldn’t quite get over the hump,” Huron Coach Joe Cieslak said.

Bill Ames and Tony Flaim each had 10 points for the Chiefs in the loss.

On Tuesday, Grosse Ile traveled to old Flat Rock High School and defeated the Rams 61-52.

Sassack started hot, scoring seven points in the opening quarter, and led the Red Devils to a 13-7 lead after eight minutes.

Grosse Ile struggled from the field in the second, but still carried a 27-19 lead into the half.

A sloppy third quarter allowed the Rams to climb within three points – 36-33 - entering the fourth. Sassack scored all nine Grosse Ile points in the period.

The Red Devils righted the ship in the fourth, led by 15 points from Danny McCarty, to pull away.

McCarty led Grosse Ile with 18 points while Sassack scored 17 and London and Tom Daly each added nine.

Grosse Ile (12-7, 9-5 Huron League) will host Trenton on Thursday.

On Tuesday, the Chiefs defeated Riverview at home 68-55.

Huron led by six at the half and stepped up defensively in the second half to limit Riverview scoring chances.

“We made some adjustments defensively and played much better in the second half,” Cieslak said.

“In the second half, we missed a lot of shots and Huron started to play very well,” Riverview Coach Sam Lamb said. “We just struggled shooting from the floor in the second half and they took advantage of it.”

Ames led the Chiefs with 22 points and Flaim wasn’t far behind with 21.

Riverview’s Max Mousouleas led the Bucs with 13 points and six rebounds. Khalil Neal added 11 in the loss.

The Chiefs hosted Edsel Ford on Tuesday and will end the regular season at home against Dearborn Heights Annapolis on Thursday.

On Friday, the Bucs fell to Monroe St. Mary Catholic Central 71-57.

SMCC blitzed Riverview in the first quarter and led 31-7 after eight minutes.

The Bucs improved dramatically over the final three quarters, but could not dig out of the deep first quarter hole.

“We really battled back and I was really proud of the kids,” said Lamb after the Bucs outscored SMCC 50-40 over the next three quarters. “The main thing was that we moved the ball and we passed up on good shots to get great shots.

“We really started to move the ball and not settle.”

Greg Burris led the Bucs with 14 points. Connor MacDougal had 12 and Tyler Kouts added 11 in the loss.

Riverview will close out the regular season on Friday against Jalen Rose Leadership Academy.

Last Updated: 2/26/2013 1:52:26 PM EST

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