Fast start pushes Rams past Bucs

GH falls to Rockford for 2nd time in a week
Matt DeYoung
Feb 15, 2014


The Buccaneers’ boys basketball team knew what to expect in Friday’s showdown with rival Rockford.

They just couldn’t stop it.

The Rams jumped out to a commanding early lead and held off every run the Buccaneers threw their way, scoring a 53-45 win.

“Them getting off to that start, and just the way they did it, it was all scouting report stuff,” said a dejected coach Steve Hewitt following the loss. “We just didn’t execute.”

The Rams’ dangerous outside shooters found plenty of room to launch their shots, and a pair of early 3-pointers by Nate Wozniak pushed Rockford out to an 8-3 first-quarter lead.

Triples by Wozniak and Casey Watters in the second quarter, then two more 3-pointers by Watters in the third, helped Rockford’s advantage grow to 12 points on several different occasions in the third quarter.

In the fourth, the Bucs went into desperation mode, trapping on defense and taking advantage of a few Rams’ turnovers to get back into the game.

A 3-pointer by Noah Lein and a pair of free throws by Ross Koella trimmed Rockford’s advantage down to three points at 40-37, and the Bucs had chances to get closer but missed the front end of three straight one-and-one free throw opportunities.

Read more of this story in today's print edition or e-edition of the Grand Haven Tribune.



One teams coaching staff was on their feet frantically giving instructions,staying on top of the situation, working the officials and coaching up their kids to keep playing with belly fire. When a player came out their coaches saw to it to look them in the face, give them a 'what to look for,what do next time and what they liked' before they took a seat. I wonder who won ?


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