Basketball: Hornets Cruise to Easy Victory to Open 2018

 01/12/2018 - 00:25
Trevor Arico goes up for two points in his varsity debut Tuesday

The Saline Hornets opened the second half of their season with a convincing 53 – 37 win over the Bloomfield Hills Black Hawks at home Tuesday night, upping their season record to 6 – 1.  Any questions about how this young team would respond after the two-week holiday break were answered quickly as the Hornets’ smothering defense held the Black Hawks to just four points in the first quarter.  Bloomfield Hills scored the first four points of the contest, with Saline then going on a 9 – 0 run to take a 9 – 4 first quarter lead.

Senior forward Adam Heisler had what was the best quarter of his high school career, scoring 11 of Saline’s 19 second quarter points and snagging three rebounds to stake Saline to a 28 – 16 halftime lead.  Saline’s trio of big men, Heisler, senior forward Emmet Turner and junior forward Connor Terech, all beasts around the basket, combined to score 18 of Saline’s 19 second quarter points.  The trio became an unstoppable force for which the Black Hawks had no answer.

This game also featured the season debut of sophomore guard Trevor Arico.  The guard has spent the first half of the season rehabbing a knee injury but showed no effects of that injury during his play.  Arico, along with sophomore guard Griffin Yaklich, form a different kind of dynamic duo then last year’s combo of Ryan Foley and Jake Finkbeiner, both of whom were in the stands cheering their Hornets onto victory Tuesday night.  Arico brings the thunder while Yaklich brings the lightning.  And junior guard Ryan Koch brings the wind.  And Hornet fans got a glimpse of the storms to come to opposing teams in the second half.  And as everyone knows, when you have wind, thunder and lightning, the beasts begin to romp.

The third quarter was a clinic in how offense comes from playing tenacious defense.  Saline held the Black Hawks to just four points, while putting up 14 to take a 42 – 20 lead into the final quarter.  Arico and Yaklich, thunder and lightening, scored a combined eight points to lead the offensive attack.  Turner added an easy lay-up with an assist to Yaklich while Koch hit a three-point shot early in the quarter.

The offensive storm continued in the fourth quarter as Koch, Arico and Yakich scored the first nine points before Saline Head Coach Jacob Fosdick pulled the starters to give them a well-earned rest.  Following the game Fosdick had high praise for his team.  “With a young team, you never know how they will respond to a two-week break.  Holding them to four points in the first quarter answered that question.”  

Fosdick continued, “Heisler had a great second quarter, he made shots and grabbed rebounds that really put this game out of reach.  And what can you say about Trevor (Arico).  He was playing in his first varsity game ever and was just superb.  He and Yaklich will be playing together for the next three years.  I’m glad that I get to coach these guys and watch them develop.”

The Hornets go on the road Friday to take on Bedford.  Game time is 7 p.m.

SALINE POST THREE STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star:  Adam Heisler (11 points, 4 rebounds)

2nd Star:  Griffin “Lightning” Yaklich (12 points, 1 rebound & 3 assists)

              Trevor “Thunder” Arico (7 points, 1 rebound and 1 assist)

3rd Star:  Emmett “The Beast” Turner (8 points, 11 rebounds)

 

DISASTROUS FIRST QUARTER SINKS JV SQUAD

The Hornet JV squad started the game in a fog Tuesday night and was never able to overcome the 14-point first quarter deficit to the Bloomfield Hills Black Hawks, losing 52 – 43, dropping their season record to 5 – 2.  Freshman guard Jaden Pickett opened the scoring for Saline hitting a three-point shot in the opening seconds of the quarter.  The Black Hawks then went on a 17 – 0 run to take a commanding 17 – 3 lead into the second quarter.

The Hornets were able to cut the Black Hawks lead down to four points in the second half but were never able to get closer than that.  ‘You only have so many runs in a game and we had ours,” said Saline JV Coach Jason Pickett.  “We got close but were never able to get the lead.  And that’s basketball.  You can’t let teams get huge leads early because you are always trying to crawl back into the game.”

Coach Pickett continued, “all the things that went wrong tonight are fixable.  We will get back to practice and work on the things that didn’t work for us tonight.”

The JV squad will travel to Bedford on Friday night.  Tip off time is 5:30 p.m.

SALINE POST THREE STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star:  Josh Finn (27 points, 3 assists)

2nd Star:  Anthony Ferrari (3 points, 13 rebounds)

3rd Star:  Jaden Pickett (6 points, 1 rebound, 2 assists)

 

FRESHMEN HORNETS WIN, UP SEASON RECORD TO 5 – 2

The Hornet freshmen squad had a huge fourth quarter, outscoring the Bloomfield Hills Black Hawks 21 – 12 to take a 57 – 39 win, upping their season record to 5 – 2.  Head Coach Brian Whitley credited the teams’ defensive pressure to helping his team pull away in the fourth quarter.  “We pressured them and produced some turnovers, and were able to convert those turnovers into points”.

The freshmen travel to Bedford to take on the Kicking Mules on Friday.  Tip off time is 5:30 p.m.

SALINE POST THREE STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star:  Bryce Wizner (14 points)

2nd Star:  Brayden Stavros (13 points)

3rd Star:  Luke Rykard (8 points)

 

Steven Sheldon