January 31, 2013Grosse Pointe South’s boys’ basketball team played well in its home game last week with division-title contender Fraser.
However, a couple of costly turnovers down the stretch led the Blue Devils to a 46-41 defeat.
“We played well and were in position to win this game against a very skilled Fraser team,” head coach Dave Grauzer said. “Those mistakes in the final few minutes hurt and we can’t do that against Fraser and expect to win.
“We have to make better decisions.”
The game was nip and tuck throughout, with it tied 7-7 after the first quarter and the Blue Devils ahead 17-14 at the half.
Fraser jumped ahead 30-29 at the end of three quarters, after winning it 16-12 and the Ramblers won the fourth quarter 16-12 to account for the final score.
It was a slow-paced tilt from the get-go. Each team used a motion offense and more passes to set up open looks at the basket.
The Blue Devils led midway through the fourth quarter before the Ramblers hit back-to-back three pointers.
With the home team setting up a potentially game-tying three-point attempt, a turnover allowed the Ramblers to sink an easy layup, putting the game away.
Junior Darius Harris led the Blue Devils with 10 points, while juniors Dan Dixon and Jabari Burton had eight points apiece.
Senior Joe Becker added six points and eight rebounds, while junior Josh Gray had five points.
In other action last weekend, Grosse Pointe South dropped its fourth straight game, 53-35, to host Port Huron.
South dipped to 2-3 in the Macomb Area Conference Blue Division and 3-9 overall.