North junior Tim Herd, right, made some big plays down the stretch in the Norsemen's victory over city rival Grosse Pointe South.
December 19, 2013What a great opening Friday night for high school boys' basketball.
City rivals Grosse Pointe North and Grosse Pointe South battled in front of a packed North gymnasium and the game went down to the wire with the Norsemen beating the Blue Devils 57-49.
It was a game of runs as South jumped out to a 16-8 lead and North responded in the second quarter, winning it 18-9 to grab a 26-25 halftime lead.
The Norsemen scored the first eight points of the third quarter and pulled out to a 36-27 lead with 3:15 left in the period before the Blue Devils used a 21-12 run, capped by senior Dan Dixon's tip-in, to tie it at 48 in the fourth quarter.
One of the biggest plays of the game came when the Blue Devils had a chance to take a 50-48 lead, but North senior Sal Ciaravino took a charge and the basket was erased.
On the ensuing possession, North senior Jacob Zacharias buried a long three-point basket to give the home team the lead for good, 51-48.
Junior Tim Herd scored a three-point play to increase the Norsemen's lead to 54-48 and the home team added three more free throws to win the game.
"We knew they would come out with a lot of energy since this was their first game of the season," North head coach Matt Lockhart said. "I told the guys we had to hang in there early, which we did, and then everyone chipped in and we earned the win."
"Wow, what a game of runs," South head coach Troy Glasser said. "We looked good early and made a nice run in the fourth quarter."
Dixon and fellow senior Jabari Burton were hot early, scoring 14 of the Blue Devils' 25 points.
For the Norsemen, senior Justin Kennedy was a beast in the paint, scoring eight points, grabbing his share of rebounds and blocking five shots.
Both teams had its share of players who stepped up and hit big shots, grabbed big rebounds and made key defensive stops.
For the Norsemen, Herd, Zacharias, senior Tyler Rheaume, Kennedy, Ciaravino, senior Ricky Watson, sophomore Josh Fisher and sophomore Mitchell Zacharias were the key cogs in the win.
For the Blue Devils, Burton, Dixon, senior Darius Harris, senior Josh Gray, senior Gordie Post, junior Sam Hunter and junior Dallian Burnett made the plays to get them back in the game in the fourth quarter.
Earlier in the week, North began its season with a 52-49 loss to host Warren Woods-Tower as Watson had 14 points to lead the team.
Grosse Pointe North is 1-1 overall, while Grosse Pointe South is 0-1.