Senior Night success

Grand Haven cagers crank up pressure in win over Grandville
Nich Wolak
Feb 19, 2014

The Grand Haven boy basketball team went out in style Tuesday night, defeating Grandville on Senior Night, 56-42.

“It’s special, it’s something we look forward to every season,” said senior Isaak Newhouse. “Just finishing on a good note at home is important.”

It wasn’t clear whether the Buccaneers would be able to do that after the first quarter Tuesday. The Bulldogs’ offense utilized consistent ball movement, not forcing shots, and when they did miss there was often a Grandville player there to grab the rebound. Grandville led 13-6 heading into the second.

Newhouse played his man fullcourt from the opening tip, and after a Grand Haven turnover late in the second quarter he pounced, swiping the ball from the Grandville ballhandler after the inbounds pass and taking it in for a layup.

It was one of five steals on the night for Newhouse.

“We struggled early. It was pretty clear we needed a lift,” Newhouse said. “As a captain that starts with me.”

His teammates joined him in pressing on the next possession, and another forced turnover led to two made free throws by Korey Searle, cutting the Bulldogs’ lead to one.

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Comments

LIAMD

Grandville is 1-11. Congratulations on a hard fought game, GO Bucs !

MICH123

Was it senior night?

MICH123

Was it senior night ?

ghaps

It was senior night and Hewitt didnt play all of them. Last game at home also and didnt give them even one min. brought his 10th grade son up and played him. what do you think about that people ?

Barry Soetoro

I think I feel bad that your kid didn't get to play.

MICH123

Wow...that's crazy. He has moved kids up before and let them sit. First game and his son is playing. Maybe he can call RENT A PLAYER so he has kids to practice with the next two weeks.

LIAMD

The whole program is a joke, just more of the same bad decisions. I'm sure team chemistry is at an all time high going into District's.

MICH123

It seems like boys basketball and football get all the negative feedback. Sad..

LovingGH

I am also surprised that the seniors did not get to play some amount of time vs. Grandville, especially given the lead with a few minutes left in the game. However, I will defend the decision to bring the coach's son up from JV. The kid can flat out score and is an excellent outside shooter. It is no secret that we have struggled to put up points. This game was a great one to give him exposure prior to going into districts. For his first game, he played well and confidently. At least that gives us one more offensive weapon. I think both agendas could have been satisfied.

MaHubah

The first District game is GH vs #1 Muskegon AT Muskegon. No amount of help from JV Fresh Middle School will matter. Even if this kid is the second coming, it was a poor night to bring him up since it was senior night. Parents can complain all they want until they're blue in the face. Teachers get dibs on coaching jobs. Address the school board to address the A.D. otherwise GH will be mediocre at best. Your vote counts even in the school board elections, let alone the Presidential ones.

LovingGH

So that is how you want your coach to approach districts? "We are playing the #1 team so let's pack it up?" Again, I don't disagree there should have been more sensitivity towards the seniors. They should have played. But please don't confuse two agendas. I believe the second just put salt into an open wound given the timing.

BOOX2

Hewitt's son can hit 3's. That's it. He could not keep up with his man against Grandville. He is too little to play with the big boys. However, he is almost a year older than his jv teammates. It was totally not necessary for little Hewitt to play in the parents' night home game. This should have been a memorable night for the seniors. Good coaches have a rotation strategy. No excuses!

BOOX2

Sometimes change is good. This is one of those times.

BOOX2

Have you noticed the decrease in spectator attendance? Not long ago, people had difficulty finding a seat. Have you seen the student section lately? So sad!

MYOB

The fact that all the seniors didn't play is not acceptable. Perhaps there were some off the court issues to explain why the seniors did not play. Bringing up a player has many benefits. I commend the coach for bringing up a player to give experience for the coming season. Nothing wrong with looking to the future. If the team had some great chemistry and were on a roll that would be a different story. That is certainly not the case in this instance.

GHRESIDENT666

Its is very sad that every Senior did't get to play, it also sad Coach Hewitt played his own son more than other players on the team are much more talented. I can think of 2 other juniors on the team that should be playing way more than they do, I don't know what goes through his head when subbing players. Sad to see that a single person has the power to waste so much talent.

LIAMD

Unfortunately he has demonstrated a lack confidence in his own decision making. On senior night you play ALL the seniors at some point in the game, no excuses. You play your best players no matter what their class status is period. If his son is good enough to play Varsity then play him but he had better make a difference. It's traditional to bring a few kids up going into districts. MICH123..it's because our programs under perform due to it's leadership and more than a few of us have had it, were tired of mediocrity,tired of flushing talent and athletic potential down the hole time and again .If you under performed at your job do you think your superior would have any negative feedback or do we all get a medal today, pretend everything's just great ?

Bee

It wouldn't take a whole lot to make sure each senior got in the game. The score wasn't very close at the end, call a T.O. and put in the seniors for a short period of time. Have a heart.

Inthethickofitblonde

What a bunch of people with too much time on their hands- you ought to be ashamed of yourselves. To talk about people specifically in such a mean way is what's unacceptable. Drew Hewitt is a young man and someone's son, a student at GHAPS and then a basketball player- from the sounds of it, he handled grandville well and definitely kept up with his guys. People say he is fun to watch and obviously can do much more than "just shoot 3's".
Would the seniors prefer to lose on senior night? Imagine the comments then!
I hope you people realize that the basketball season will be long gone but people will still remember the comments made by their teachers, fellow church- goers, parents, etc... I would encourage you to take time before you comment and leave the emotion out of your post. Be factual and constructive. People may take you seriously if you are respectful and appropriate- right now some of you seem just the opposite.

LIAMD

Agreed Blonde, no need to single ANY players out, that's crap. The kids a baller who loves to play and as a result of his JV seasons performance the head coach felt he was deserving . The reason this entire discussion is taking place is because the coaches made a poor decision by not playing ALL the seniors on senior night. Not doing so further demonstrates a lack of judgment and the parents of a senior who did not play have every right to be pissed. Again, it's not the players, they do what their told.

LovingGH

Parents, children, sports, and fading dreams. It always will be emotional and controversial. I have my own concerns about coaching, but I have never been involved with a coach who has not been criticized in some way...it is often a no-win situation.

LovingGH

Parents, children, sports, and fading dreams. It always will be emotional and controversial. I have my own concerns about coaching, but I have never been involved with a coach who has not been criticized in some way...it is often a no-win situation.

MaHubah

I must disagree with LovingGH. Kid should have been brought up after Senior Night and then given some limited time for last 3 games before districts. Playing time in districts should be only if losing or winning by a substantial margin. Just like all the years prior. If he is so good he should have been up from the start.

Inthethickofitblonde

Sometimes it takes a mature individual to not jump on the band wagon and take the high road. Our kids have been involved in many sports and many seasons have been ones of personal growth in leadership rather than excelling in the sport- teach your kids life isn't always fair and to make the best of it- find the good. Your kids learn from example- disgruntled parents with no filters in the bleachers may lead to future adults in the workplace with not a lot of friends.
I certainly don't know much about a lot of things but I do know some of the kids were reading these posts and guessing who wrote them. They were commenting on the lack of punctuation and capital letters for those associated with GHAPS, they were in awe that a parent would mention the name of another student, laughing that they think their JV player is better than the sophomore pulled up and lastly amazed that the people commenting on this story for the most part are parents associated with kids who play on a GH Bucs team right now- that's awesome!
Come on guys, it's basketball and some of your kids haven't played most of the season. Yes it's too bad your guys didn't get to play a token 30 seconds on senior night- something tells me that wouldn't have been acceptable either.
Recently people in our community have seen that tomorrow isn't a guarantee- choose the high road!

BOOX2

Wow! Who died and made inthethickofitblonde a queen? Everyone has the right to their opinion and who are you to say they are wrong. I don't think anyone disagreed about the decision to move Hewitt to varsity. Some feel it was a poor decision to play Hewitt and not the seniors. Maybe you should get your facts straight or stay away from these comments.

HMK246

I am a parent of a senior player. I have nothing against the coach bringing up any player. My issue is senior night means that. You play your seniors. It was their last night to play in GH together. That didn't happen. The seniors he didn't play have done nothing off the court except get GREAT grades and attend practice every day. I personally believe the coach made a decision before games ever began and he doesn't change from his plan. My son wanted to play and wanted to play with all the seniors. Coach K played all her seniors and that should have happened here. I am trying to look at lessons learned with my son. The lesson is life is not fair and coaches make mistakes. I have an issue with not being able to communicate directly with coaches and not have the players punished for it. We all need to work together as a team....parents, coaches and players. It takes all working together to make a great team. That clearly hasn't happened. Again, all the seniors needed to be part of senior night. Clear cut....that's what senior night is all about. How sad.

GHRESIDENT666

HMK246 - "I personally believe the coach made a decision before games ever began and he doesn't change from his plan." I totally agree with you on this statement. The varsity coaches decide who plays and who sits before hand. The playing times is strictly based on politics and not skill.

LovingGH

HMK246 - I agree with all your comments and as an underclassman player's parent, I feel awful for you. I am so very sorry for your son and the other seniors.

HMK246

Thanks for your comments. It is really hard having a senior who waited his whole life to play varsity basketball and to sit the bench for 2 years! My concern is why have him on the team. He could be having fun playing on Central's team! Just sad stuff. No one knows unless you've been there.
Also talking to the coach has been a bad choice as many before us have told us. I still believe that communication with parents and players is part of the success of the team. That doesn't happen. Things need to change if you want to bring the community in to watch. People come and watch the girls and leave for the boys. How sad.

MYOB

Parents of Players,

Your child knows where he stands on the basketball team. Chances are very high he had a good idea where he stood before tryouts. The kids want to be part of a team for much more than playing time. If parents didn't tell children differently they would be better off. Leave the coach alone or apply for the job. He does a fine job. Having said that, all the seniors should have seen the court on Senior night.

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