Sean Steffel scored 20 points as Grand Haven’s varsity boys basketball team snapped its three-game losing streak with a 55-34 win at Traverse City Central.
The Buccaneers raced to a commanding 24-12 halftime lead and never looked back.
Coach Steve Hewitt was happy to see his team deliver on the offensive side of the floor after struggling to score points in its three consecutive losses.
“Losing that last game was tough against John Glenn because we had opportunities. We just couldn’t convert offensively,” said Hewitt, whose team is now 4-3 on the year. “Tonight, to come out and shoot 56 percent from the field was nice.
“Sean made some good choices. He was 8-of-11 from the field, and really did a good job of picking and choosing his times to push the ball, to attack the basket, and other times setting things up. He and Kevin (LaCroix) did a good job of running our offense.”
Ethan Groothuis scored nine points for the Buccaneers, while Mackenzie Carter added six. Ty VanWieren scored five points.
VanWieren, Steffel and John Cahalan each pulled down four rebounds, while Ryan Peterson had three assists.
Ethan Pilarski paced Traverse City Central (1-6) with 11 points. Taylor Cook drilled three 3-pointers and finished with nine.
Hewitt said that while his post players didn’t contribute significantly in the scoring column, they did a good job keeping the Bucs’ offense running smoothly.
“(Traverse City Central) does a good job of taking you out of your offense,” Hewitt said. “You have to be patient and move the ball, and once we started doing that, we got some easy looks. Our posts didn’t score a lot, but they did a good job passing.”
With a big lead throughout the second half, Hewitt was able to go deep into his bench. The Bucs received solid minutes from a number of reserves.
“Definitely the guys who came in who normally don’t get the opportunity did a good job,” Hewitt said. “Max Young came in and played hard, played well. John Cahalan did some good things being active on the boards and finishing around the basket. Chad Mattson gave us some good minutes.”
Grand Haven continues with its non-conference schedule on Tuesday, when the Buccaneers host Forest Hills Northern.