It did not look like a battle of two winless teams.
The Grand Haven and Spring Lake boys basketball teams each went into Friday night’s contest searching for their first victory.
The Buccaneers found one, dominating both ends of the court in a 53-31 win.
Grand Haven coach Steve Hewitt didn’t see the landslide coming.
“To get a win like this anywhere is tough,” Hewitt said. “There are too many good teams, good coaches and good players.”
Spring Lake struck first Friday, as Kyle Zietlow found a cutting Keegan George for two.
But Grand Haven scored the game’s next 11 points, including nine from senior Connor Grimes.
A sneak into the paint was followed by a 3-pointer and a drive into the lane.
A few possessions later Grimes nailed a hanging jumper, and the rout was on.
The senior, who didn’t get a chance to play in last year’s loss due to a sprained ankle, said he was extra motivated knowing it was his last chance to face the rival Lakers.
“I wanted to come out hot and get it going,” Grimes said. “I was really excited for this game.”
Grand Haven utilized screens to free up cutters and open shooters. The Buccaneers shot 55 percent from the floor, and were 4-of-5 from 3-point range on the evening.
On the other end of the floor, the Bucs pestered the Lakers’ guards into turnovers, and prevented entry passes into their leading scorer, center Nick Goeglein.
Grand Haven held the senior to two points in the first quarter and zero in the second.
“We were going to make it tough for him to catch it,” Hewitt said. “Then we were going to double team him.”
Goeglein finished with 12 points.
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