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December 13, 2012
The Grosse Pointe North boys’ basketball team opened its season last week, losing 56-37 to Warren DeLaSalle.

“We have to be more consistent,” head coach Matt Lockhart said. “You look at the scorebook and I see a good first and third quarter and bad second and fourth quarters.


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Grosse Pointe Northís Ricky Watson drives the lane during the Norsemenís season opener against Warren DeLaSalle. photo by Bob Bruce.
“Our kids played hard and they hung tough against a good team. We have things to work on, but we also have positives to build on.”

The host Norsemen trailed 3-0 in the first minute, but ran off an 8-0 run to help take a 13-9 lead after the first quarter.

The Pilots used an 18-9 second quarter to build a 27-22 halftime lead and the margin nearly hit double digits early in the third period when the visitors scored the first four points of the stanza to lead 31-22.

In the final four minutes of the third quarter, Lockhart watched his players battle and eventually pull even at 34, thanks to a basket by senior Ricky Watson.

The Pilots scored the final four points of the third quarter to lead 38-34, and they used a distinct height advantage to wear down the Norsemen.

The deficit grew to 11 points midway through the fourth quarter and several missed shots later, the Norsemen were in a hole they couldn’t get out of.

“We’re not tall and taking on a very big DeLaSalle team was a tough way to open, but these games will prepare our guys for the league schedule and beyond,” Lockhart said.

Watson and senior Taiwan Wiggins led Grosse Pointe North, 0-1 overall, with eight points apiece.

Junior Justin Kennedy had six points, as did junior Tim Herd and senior Chris Doherty.


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