January 17, 2013By Fletcher Sharpe
Grosse Pointe North outlasted a scrappy bunch from Macomb Area Conference rival Warren Cousino 62-53.
“It wasn’t that bad,” said head coach Matt Lockhart with a sly grin. “We practice for games like this, so it wasn’t that bad.”
The Norsemen needed a scoring outburst from a trio of juniors: Justin Kennedy, Jacob Zacharias, and Ricky Watson, who all scored 16 points.
Watson’s insertion into the game was key as he was instrumental in breaking Cousino’s early pressure on North’s ball handlers.
All three of the mentioned players scored in three different ways.
Watson, who also had four assists, scored by getting to the line frequently. The pivot player, Kennedy, scored a majority of his from the low post, while managing to grab nine rebounds as well. The sharpshooter, Zacharias, went 3-for-3 from deep in route to his collection of points.
The first quarter started with a lot of misses and aggression, as neither team hit a shot for the first two minutes. North also drew six fouls in the first quarter, which did not help its case at all.
The quarter ended with a flash as Zacharias hit a long three pointer to give North an 11-10 lead. North maintained the lead going into halftime, 28-24, and had successfully taken the crowd out of the game with its play.
Senior guard Taiwan Wiggins added nine points.
Earlier in the week, North opened its division schedule with a 59-50 loss at Utica Ford.
Grosse Pointe North is 0-1 in the MAC White Division and 3-3 overall.