Saline Hornet head coach Eric Williams summed up Tuesday night's loss to Ann Arbor Pioneer.
"If you make 23 turnovers, if you give up 13 offensive rebounds and if you lose your focus you're not going to win many basketball games,” Williams said, describing Saline’s 52-29 loss to Ann Arbor Pioneer, which dropped the Hornets' record to 2-5.
The Pioneers raced out to an 8-0 lead and never looked back using a tenacious defense and forcing the Hornets into five first quarter turnovers. Saline removed the goose egg off their side of the scoreboard with 57 seconds left in the first quarter.
“Pioneer successfully used a full court press and zone trap that rattled our players,” Williams said. “We did not play well tonight.”
The Hornets did figure out how to break Pioneer’s press and get the ball to the basket in the last half of the second quarter and went into the locker room at the half trailing 23-15. But a disastrous third quarter doomed Saline.
“We completely lost our focus in the third quarter. We made mistakes. We committed turnovers and then made more mistakes. When we faced adversity, we just folded,” Williams said.
Pioneer’s tough defense contributed to a poor shooting night for the Hornets. The team managed 15 first half and 14 second half points. Saline was led by senior guard David Elms with six points, followed by senior guard Cam Cole and senior forward Brett Nearing’s five points.
“We’ve got a long way to go,” coach Williams said. “We will practice hard and be ready to take on Skyline on Friday. “Our team is learning the effort that is required to remain competitive against tough opponents. We believe in each other and we will get better.”
Saline travels to Ann Arbor Skyline on Friday. Game time is 7pm.
SALINE JV WINS 44-36, RAISES RECORD TO 5-2
In a highly competitive game that featured multiple lead changes down the stretch, the Hornets outscored Pioneer 16-5 in the fourth quarter to win 44-36 Tuesday night in Ann Arbor. The second half saw Pioneer pull ahead with a 10-0 run that left the Hornets out of breath and with a 31-28 lead at the end of three quarters. Two fourth quarter time outs called by Hornet head coach Jacob Fosdick was able to change the momentum and guide the team to a thrilling come from behind victory.
“Any time you can go on the road and win, especially here at Pioneer, is a great accomplishment,” coach Fosdick said. “Both teams fought hard and played a very physical game. Pioneer had us on our heels with their full court pressure and we committed some turnovers. But we were able to play through adversity and come out on top. This was a great team effort tonight.”
The junior Hornets were lead by sophomore guard Lance Moorer with 11 points, followed by sophomore guard Sean Millspaugh with 8 and freshman forward Adam Heisler with 7 points. The junior Hornets raised their record to 5-2. They will travel on Friday to face Ann Arbor Skyline at 5:30 p.m.