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Grosse Ile's Derek Judd (3) had six first-quarter points against Nolan Glime (11) and the Riverview Pirates Wednesday night. Photo by Tom Alexander
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BOYS' BASKETBALL: Grosse Ile starts fast; dominates Riverview (PHOTOS/TOUT VIDEO)
Grosse Ile's Tommy Daly (right) scored five third-quarter points against Austin Graham and the Riverview Pirates Wednesday night. Photo by Tom Alexander.
Grosse Ile took charge early Wednesday night against visiting Riverview and coasted to an easy 46-22 victory in an early-season matchup between the two local Huron League rivals.
The Red Devils (3-4, 2-1 Huron) opened the game on a 7-0 run and were up 12-2 after the first quarter. Derek Judd scored six first-quarter points against the Pirates (0-6, 0-2 Huron), courtesy of a three-pointer and three free throws, while Tyler Moores added four and Danny McCarty put up two.
For the night, McCarty, who is a team co-captain, led the squad in points with nine, while Judd had seven and Moores had six.
“Being our rival we knew we had to come out and have a big game,” said McCarty. “Every other game so far this season we’ve come out pretty slow, so we wanted to make sure it was a focus to come out fast on these guys and get a good lead to start the game.”
In the second quarter, however, both squads struggled to make shots and about halfway through the quarter the score was only 13-4.
Late in the quarter, Grosse Ile finally got a boost as McCarty scored four quick points and helped his team take a 19-8 lead into the half.
McCarty went to the free-throw line for two shots and hit his first, but missed the second. A Devils’ offensive rebound after his miss quickly got the ball back in the senior’s hands and he drilled a three-pointer.
Grosse Ile Coach Bryan Friel said his squad executed the game plan well early on, but the shooting struggles later were a concern.
“We wanted to come out and run; push the ball,” he said. “I thought they were a little bit slower than us and we came out early and got some baskets, but then there was a stretch where it was four or five minutes where we didn’t score.”
Riverview’s first-half scoring consisted of seven points from Nolan Glime and one from Todd Kissel. For the game, Glime finished with a team-high nine points and Kissel came away with five.
The Devils’ other co-captain, senior Tommy Daly, came out after the break and sparked his team with five third-quarter points.
Inside the first two minutes of the quarter, Daly first came up big on defense, as he went up high and knocked away a Pirates’ pass, then chased the loose ball and saved it from going out of bounds.
Daly’s play then led to Judd drawing a foul on the other end and going to the free-throw line for two shots. The junior made his first shot and missed the second, but Daly was there to grab the rebound after the miss and put it back for two points.
Less than two minutes later, Daly hit a three-point shot for the Devils, who had led 26-13 halfway through the quarter and were up 34-15 heading into the final eight minutes.
Daly added two more points in the fourth quarter and finished with seven for the night. Wyatt Garner added five fourth-quarter points, while Eric Smorch hit a three and Neil Smorch scored two in the final quarter and had four total points for the night.
Danny Masserant came off the bench late and added two points, as well, for the home team in the final quarter.
As for the struggling Bucs, who have only three seniors this year on the roster, Coach Ryan Newland said the squad has to focus more on working together on the court.
“We’re young, so I know there’s going to be bumps in the road, but we just need to continue working on being a team. Right now I think the play is a little bit too individualized. I don’t think we’re sharing the ball enough offensively, and defensively I don’t think we’re communicating well enough.”
Grosse Ile will be in action again Friday night and will welcome in Airport. Riverview will be home, as well, Friday night and will face Monroe Jefferson.
Last Updated: 1/16/2014 3:35:56 PM EST