Saline head coach Jacob Fosdick wanted to get a “signature win” for the seniors on his team as a way of acknowledging their hard work this season. Friday night at Ann Arbor Huron High School, like many other games this season, they were close but fell just short, losing 60-52 dropping their season record to 6-9 on the year. The Ann Arbor Huron River Rats upped their record to 13-3.
The Hornets started the game strong, going on a 13-2 run to race out to a 13-4 lead with three minutes left in the first quarter. Senior guard Matt Rosati scored five of his team high 13 points, with junior forward Calder Pellerin and sophomore forward Emmett Turner each scoring four to help the Hornets take a 16-10 lead, despite making six first quarter turnovers.
The River Rats applied full court pressure throughout the entire game, which slowed the Hornets but didn’t really stop them. Junior guard Jacob Finkbeiner grabbed a rebound and sank a short jumper at the 6:34 mark to up Saline’s lead to 18-11. Junior guard Justin Zylstra sank a three pointer with 45 seconds left in the half, only to see the River Rats get their own three-pointer with no time left to knot the score 26-26 at the half.
The teams played the first five minutes of the third quarter evenly, with the Hornets holding a one point lead, 36-35 before the River Rats went on a 10-3 run, helped by seven third quarter turnovers, to take a 45-38 lead into the final quarter. The fourth quarter featured back and forth action, with the teams playing stingy defense and trading baskets. The River Rats got strong support from sophomore guard Lewis Willis who notched four three point shots to secure the victory for Huron.
“We got off to the start we wanted,” Coach Fosdick said after the game. “We knew it was senior day and that they might be overly excited at the start. We made shots and played really good defense. We gave up too many offensive rebounds and made turnovers that were just careless mental mistakes. The kids handled their pressure really well.”
This game, like so many others, was very physical. The officials for the game did a good job of letting the players play. Coach Fosdick indicated that when the officials are allowing physical play the kids need to play through it.
“We didn’t get calls tonight but the guys have to learn to play through it,” Fosdick said.
The varsity hoopsters get back into action on Tuesday hosting Lincoln Park High School. Tip off time is 7 p.m.
THE SALINE POST THREE STARS:
1st Star: Matt Rosati (13 points, 14 rebounds, 3 assists)
2nd Star: Emmett Turner (10 points, 8 rebounds)
3rd Star: Jacob Finkbeiner (10 points, 2 rebounds)