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BOYS’ BASKETBALL: Daly leads Grosse Ile to come-from-behind victory over Huron

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In his last home game as a Red Devil, Tommy Daly did not disappoint the hometown crowd.

The Grosse Ile boys’ basketball team (10-8, 9-5 Huron League) bounced back from an uninspired first half of basketball to top Huron (5-13, 5-8 Huron League) by a final score of 49-34 on Friday night, thanks in large part to Tommy Daly’s 19 points and 11 rebounds.

“The play on both ends of the court by Daly really lifted us tonight, especially in the second half,” said Red Devils Coach Bryan Friel. “I don’t know how many rebounds he grabbed in the second half but it seemed like he grabbed them all. It was his last home game and he went out with a great game. I’m really happy for him.”

The Chiefs came out and played quality defense to start the game, seemingly making all their rotations and giving Grosse Ile’s shooters no space to operate. The result was only three field goals allowed and an 11-6 lead by the end of the first.

Huron kept up their disciplined brand of defense in the second quarter and also did a good job of getting everyone involved on the offensive end. Five different Chiefs scored baskets in the second quarter, but towards the end of the half, Grosse Ile started to play at their pace.

“We were really bad on offense, starting out,” Friel said. “We couldn’t hit a shot to save our lives and it seemed like we were standing around a lot. They really did a great job on us. But then we started moving a little bit slower, holding our cuts and stuff. It seemed to get them a little off balanced and we got a couple easy baskets, which we badly needed.”

Grosse Ile went on a nice offensive run as the second quarter ticked down and headed into the half down by only four points, 23-19.

When the game picked back up in the third quarter, the Red Devils looked like a different team.

Daly spearheaded the come-from-behind effort for Grosse Ile, hitting two 3-pointers and totaling 12 points in the third. The Red Devils’ defense also tightened up, as Huron managed only six points in the quarter.

Grosse Ile’s strong play on both ends of the court allowed them to take a 36-29 lead into the final frame.

Huron Coach Jim Kalbfleisch said he thought his team’s lack of buckets in the second half had a domino effect on their defense.

“We were playing good D and making shots in the first half,” Kalbfleisch said. “But in the second half we couldn’t hit anything. So once we stopped making shots we stopped playing defense and that was the game.”

Things wouldn’t get much better for the Chiefs in the fourth quarter, where they managed only five points on two field goals.

Friel said he was very pleased at how well his defense held Huron’s offense in check in the second half.

“We only let them score 11 points on us in the second half,” he said. “So that’s great defense. That’s what won us the game, no doubt.”

Another big reason why the Red Devils were able to come back and secure the win was their work on the glass. They wound up out-rebounding the Chiefs 29-26 in the game.

Daly led Grosse Ile in both points and rebounds but Tyler Moores also played well for the home team, scoring 16 points and pulling down seven boards.

Austin Bell scored nine points and grabbed seven boards for Huron in the losing effort. Cameron Cox also scored nine and grabbed six boards.

The Chiefs will look to finish off their season on a high note when they take on Jefferson at home on Monday before traveling to Woodhaven for their season finale on Tuesday.

Grosse Ile, meanwhile, will head to Trenton on Tuesday for a tilt with the Trojans before also finishing their regular season off in Woodhaven, on Thursday night.

Last Updated: 2/24/2014 2:45:20 AM EST