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.
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.