Grand Haven varsity boys basketball coach Steve Hewitt said Tuesday’s O-K Red Conference battle at East Kentwood was especially frustrating to watch.
Grand Haven (7-8 overall, 2-4 O-K Red) had plenty of solid looks down low, but the Bucs failed to convert throughout the evening in their 57-41 setback.
“We had 17 shots in the paint and granted, some were contested. They’re very athletic,” Hewitt said. “But a lot of them weren’t contested and we should have converted.
“We did some good things to get good looks, but you need to finish.”
Grand Haven finished just 15-of-47 from the floor (32 percent).
The Bucs trailed by a 24-17 score at the half and could never put much of a dent in the deficit throughout the second half.
“They’re not very big, so you can get some good looks in the paint and off the boards,” Hewitt said. “We had 10 offensive rebounds to their six, but you have to convert those second chances. It was frustrating to watch.”
Sean Steffel led the Bucs with 13 points, while Mac Carter and Ty VanWieren added eight points apiece. Hewitt was also pleased with the effort of Connor Grimes, who led the team with eight rebounds.
Ben Hester paced the Falcons with a game-high 14 points, but no other Falcon reached double figures.
“(Hester) was a killer,” Hewitt said. “But they have a lot of guys who can knock down shots. It’s hard to help (defensively) against a team like that. You can’t leave anyone alone. Plus, they press the whole game, which kind of wears you down.”
Grand Haven committed 15 turnovers, which Hewitt said was too many for his squad in their upset bid.
The Bucs will have another tough test on Friday, as they travel to O-K Red Conference co-leader Rockford.