Source: Grosse Pointe News Online

Norsemen find way to beat Utica Ford

by Bob St. John Sports Editor

February 07, 2013

Grosse Pointe North used a frantic second-half comeback to beat Utica Ford 56-46 last week.

The host Norsemen played a lethargic first half, trailing 29-17, but turned on the jets in the second half, outscoring the Falcons 39-17 to win the Macomb Area Conference White Division game.

“We have made it a habit of playing poor first halves and then making second-half comebacks,” head coach Matt Lockhart said. “We were fortunate tonight because Ford helped us out.

“The guys have to play with a high level of intensity for four quarters, not just two.”

Igniting the Norsemen’s comeback were seniors Ricky Watson and Taiwan Wiggins and junior Justin Kennedy.

“Justin was a force in the paint,” Lockhart said. “It seemed like he had 20 rebounds.”

Kennedy finished with 12 rebounds and scored 14 points, as the Norsemen outscored the Falcons 10-0 down the stretch.

Junior Jacob Zacharias had 16 points to lead the way, while Watson and Wiggins finished with 15 and 10 points, respectively.

Earlier in the week, North lost 65-57 to Sterling Heights Stevenson as Watson had 19 points and Kennedy had another double-double, netting 14 points and 14 rebounds.

On Monday night, North rebounded to beat Warren Lincoln 56-42 in a MAC cross-over game. Zacharias and Kennedy each scored 14 points to lead the Norsemen, while Watson chipped in with 12, as the team improved to 4-3 in the MAC White Division and 7-5 overall.