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Nolan Glime (11) and the Riverview Pirates suffered tough defeats to Milan and Grosse Ile early in the week, but on Friday picked up their first win of the season with a 46-37 victory against Monroe Jefferson. Photo by Tom Alexander
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After dropping its first game of the Huron League season on Jan. 7, Grosse Ile bounced back last week and took down a trio of league opponents at home.
On Tuesday night, the Red Devils (4-4, 3-1 Huron) beat Monroe Jefferson 70-60, on Wednesday crushed Riverview 46-22 and Friday knocked off Airport 52-44.
Grosse Ile’s Danny McCarty scored a team-high 30 points against Jefferson, while Tyler Moores scored 20 and Derek Judd put up 12.
After one quarter of play, the teams were tied 10-10, but going into the half, the locals had grabbed a 22-18 advantage against Jefferson.
Back on the court after the break, the Devils put up 22 third-quarter points, but the Bears kept pace and it was a 44-37 game heading into the final eight minutes.
With 26 fourth-quarter points, Grosse Ile was able to pull away and walk off with the 10-point league victory.
The next night against Riverview, in what was a makeup game, McCarty led the squad in points with nine, while Judd and Tommy Daly both had seven and Tyler Moores finished with six.
The Devils opened the contest on a 7-0 run and led 12-2 after the first quarter. Judd scored six first-quarter points against the Pirates (1-6, 1-2 Huron), courtesy of a three-pointer and three free throws, while Tyler Moores added four and McCarty put up two.
For a long stretch of the second quarter, both squads struggled to hit shots, but Grosse Ile finally got a boost from McCarty, who scored four quick points and helped his team take a 19-8 lead into the half.
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.
Daly sparked the Devils with five third-quarter points, including a 3-pointer, and heading into the final eight minutes the home team led 34-15.
In the fourth quarter, Daly added two more points, Wyatt Garner scored five, Eric Smorch hit a three, Neil Smorch scored two of his four total points and Danny Masserant scored two points.
To finish off the week, McCarty led the way once again, as he scored 22 points in the victory against Airport. Daly added 10 points, while Tyler Moores netted eight and Derek Judd came away with five.
“This was the best game we've played all year,” said Grosse Ile Coach Bryan Friel. “Offensively we consistently made shots and took care of the ball for 32 minutes. Defensively we were very active getting deflections, which led to nine steals. Airport has a very solid team and will be very tough when we travel to Carleton.”
Last night the Devils were at Milan for what was their first of seven consecutive road games and on Friday will be at Flat Rock.
For its first win of the season, Huron knocked off host Flat Rock 66-48 last Tuesday. Three nights later the Chiefs (1-7, 1-2 Huron) traveled to Monroe SMCC and were beaten 57-38
In the victory, Tyler Olson led the Chiefs with 22 points, while teammate Zach Schlarb finished with a double-double, scoring 17 points and grabbing 11 rebounds. Parker Neal scored 16 points for the Rams (2-5, 1-2 Huron) and pulled down five rebounds.
Olson hit buzzer-beater 3-pointers at the end of the first and third quarters, with his first at the buzzer giving Huron a 22-14 lead.
Flat Rock picked up the pace in the second quarter and before the half was over trailed only 34-33.
In the third quarter, however, the Chiefs completely dominated and were up 53-37 after Olson’s second buzzer beater. Also, Cameron Cox pulled down nine of his 10 rebounds on the night in the third quarter.
The 14-point deficit was too much for the Rams to overcome and Huron coasted in the fourth quarter and went home with the 66-48 victory.
At SMCC three nights later, Olson scored a team-high 10 points in the defeat, while Schlarb led the team in rebounds with eight.
The Chiefs were back on the road again yesterday for a game at Airport and on Friday night they’ll welcome in Riverview.
Two nights after losing to Huron, Flat Rock traveled to Jefferson and claimed its second victory of the season with a 58-46 decision at Jefferson. The next night the Rams were dropped 59-39 at Milan.
Flat Rock’s TeDarius Laidler scored a team-high 22 points in the winning effort against Jefferson, while teammate Kevin Fritz was the leading scorer the following night with 12 points in the loss to Milan.
Last night Flat Rock was at Riverview and on Friday will host Grosse Ile.
A day before its loss at Grosse Ile, Riverview hosted Milan and fell 65-27. On Friday, however, the Pirates welcomed in Monroe Jefferson and won 46-37 for their first victory of the season.
Riverview took on Flat Rock last night at home and on Friday the Bucs are scheduled for a trip to Huron for a battle with the Chiefs.
*Freelance writer Jacob Newby contributed to this report
Last Updated: 1/21/2014 2:36:01 PM EST