On Tuesday, that offensive balance was non-existent, due largely to a fantastic defensive effort by Muskegon Heights, as the host Tigers blitzed the visiting Buccaneers, 56-34.
“Obviously, we got off to a bad start,” said Buccaneers’ coach Steve Hewitt, whose team trailed 9-0 early in the game. “Their half-court pressure is so good. Their quickness makes it real tough.”
The Bucs struggled mightily against that pressure, shooting just 26 percent from the field. They weren’t much better at the free throw line, making just 7-of-18.
Leading scorer Alex Eidson, who averages around 17 points per game, had to work extremely hard for his team-high 12 points.
“We know Alex takes a lot of shots, and makes some tough ones,” said Heights’ coach Keith Guy, whose team improves to 11-5. “We wanted to make him work hard for every shot.”
With Eidson being keyed on by the Tigers’ defense, the Buccaneers needed another offensive force to step up, and no one did.
Jeremy Lattig knocked down a triple and scored eight points while point guard Sean Steffel got to the rim for a trio of baskets, finishing with six. Matt Kroll had five for the Bucs.
“Their quickness and their ball pressure forces you to think about what you’re doing and maybe not see the floor,” Hewitt said. “We were doing too much 1-on-1 stuff, and you can’t do it against them and be successful.”
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