Entering the season, Grand Haven varsity boys basketball coach Steve Hewitt had a few candidates for who might be his leading scorer this winter.
Senior point guard Sean Steffel wasn't one of them.
But Steffel has provided plenty of offense for the Bucs early this year, including 18 points on Friday as Grand Haven held off a strong Mona Shores team, 54-42, at Grand Haven Fieldhouse.
Steffel, who had 24 points in his team's win over Holland Christian on Tuesday, scored seven consecutive points as the Bucs turned a four-point lead into an 11-point advantage late in the fourth quarter.
"Our defense got some stops, and we had some pretty good composure," said Steffel, who was 6-of-8 from the free throw line in the fourth. "Making some free throws helps, too," he said with a grin.
The Bucs are now 2-0 on the year, with wins over a pair of solid programs.
"It's really nice, because last year, after the first week of the season, we were 1-2, and we lost our home opener," said Steffel, who also had six rebounds and three assists. "This year, we're 2-0 and we won both games at home."
Mona Shores played a hectic style of pressure basketball, and the Bucs responded well, finishing with just nine turnovers.
"Just handling their traps was key, and waiting for an opportunity to present itself," said Hewitt, whose team jumped out to a 14-6 first-quarter lead and never trailed after that. "With them being behind, they had to try to get us to commit turnovers, and we work on that all the time.
"I'm thrilled," with the two wins, Hewitt said. "We've had two home games, and to start out, I thought it was really important to win those two games.
"We have some other kids who haven't scored yet who I thought would, so I'm pleasantly surprised," with Sean’s offense, Hewitt said. "Coming in, I didn't think he'd be our leading scorer."
Senior forward Ty VanWieren had a strong game for the home squad, finishing with 16 points, nine of which came in the third quarter as the Bucs built a 38-28 lead.
Ethan Groothuis scored six points, and Isaak Newhouse had five.
Kevin LaCroix had a strong showing with seven boards and four assists.
Marquon Sargent led Mona Shores with 12 points. Seven-foot center Adam Rayner had nine points, but he was not on the floor during crunch time as the Sailors tried to pick up the tempo.
Junior Varsity: Grand Haven knocked off Mona Shores on Thursday, 56-46. Adam Abraham poured in 21 points and snatched 10 rebounds, while B.J. Nahal added 13 points, seven boards, five assists and four steals.