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.
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.