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BOYS' BASKETBALL: Huron holds off Flat Rock in Huron League battle

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The Huron boys’ basketball team let a 16 point first-half lead slip away in front of a packed house, but found its groove again in the fourth quarter to take out rival Flat Rock 58-49 Friday night in a conference clash.

The Chiefs (4-10, 4-5 Huron League) lead 22-6 midway through the second quarter but a barrage of Flat Rock (5-8, 4-5 Huron League) 3-pointers erased the lead and the two teams entered the final frame tied at 41.

“I told them they were going to lose if they didn’t wake up,” said Huron Coach Jim Kalbfleisch.

Tyler Olson woke up.

The senior guard scored six of his game high 18 points in the fourth, including the first five by either team, to give Huron the cushion it would need.

Kalbfleisch liked his team’s intensity, but said he would like to see it against other opponents not named Flat Rock.

“We played hard. You know we always play hard against them,” said Kalbfleisch. “If we play the same way every game that we play against them we would have a better record, but we don’t. We play every other day.”

The first quarter saw both teams struggle to find their shooting rhythm early on. Huron slowly built a lead and a buzzer-beating layup by Cameron Cox gave the Chiefs a 15-5 advantage after one.

Huron opened the second on a 7-1 run to put the Rams in a 16-point hole, but the Flat Rock team wasn’t going to roll over and die against its rival.

Xavier Mozhan-Kennedy hit a pair of 3-pointers and TeDarius Laidler added one of his own to close the gap for the Rams and after a goaltending call on a Laidler shot at the buzzer Huron’s lead was down to six at the half, 26-20.

The hot shooting from behind the arc continued into the second half for Flat Rock.

Kevin Fritz hit two more from downtown and Parker Neal was big on the inside for the Rams, scoring eight third-quarter points and with 1:23 left in the quarter Flat Rock took the lead 41-39.

But it would be short lived.

Spurred on by great work on the offensive glass, Huron bounced back and went on a 17-5 run over the next 8:23 to pull away from the Rams.

“We couldn’t get a rebound or a stop,” said Flat Rock Coach Dave Bogataj. “I think they had three or four offensive rebounds and put backs. That fourth quarter stretch kind of put the game away for us.”

Olson led all scorers with 18 points and three rebounds for Huron. Zachary Schlarb scored eight and grabbed seven boards.

Cox had 12 rebounds on the night for the Chiefs, including two big offensive boards and put back layups in the fourth, to go along with 10 points.

The Rams had two players reach double figures. Fritz scored 11 and Laidler put up 10 in the losing effort.

Both teams next play Tuesday night. Flat Rock travels back home to play Milan, while Huron stays put and takes on SMCC on Parents Night.

Last Updated: 2/8/2014 1:12:29 AM EST