Grand Haven’s varsity boys basketball team overcame poor shooting, missed free throws and a big-time Big Reds’ run in the first half, and still had a chance to win on Friday at Muskegon.
The Buccaneers (5-4) tied the game at 46-all with 2:29 to play, and trailed by just three points with 20 seconds left, but the Big Reds (4-4) made their free throws down the stretch to pull out a 55-48 victory.
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“We were right there,” said a dejected Buccaneers’ coach Steve Hewitt, whose team falls to 5-4 on the season. “We just didn’t get the plays at the end when we needed to.”
The Bucs trailed 51-41 after Muskegon’ Juwon Martin banked in a basket from close range with under a minute left.
Instead of going for the tie with a 3-point try, the Bucs pushed the ball ahead to Ty VanWieren, who scored to make it 51-48.
The Bucs had a few players in mind to foul, but instead, waited until the ball was in the hands of Deshawn Thrower, who went to the line and swished a pair of free throws.
Grand Haven again tried to push the ball ahead, but Sean Steffel had the ball tipped away, and Martin was fouled in the closing seconds. His two foul shots provided the final margin of victory.
“We missed some free throws in the fourth quarter, and we had a bone-head play, trying to foul a certain person and we let it go too long,” Hewitt said. “We should have fouled earlier, and that’s my fault.”
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