Basketball: Ice Cold Shooting Dooms Hornets

 02/03/2018 - 01:12
Emmett Turner scored eight points and grabbed 14 rebounds for Saline.

There is an old adage that most every adult watching the Hornets varsity hoops team Friday night in Ann Arbor has heard and experienced as some point in their life. The Saline varsity hoopsters learned about it first hand in their 51-31 loss to the Pioneers, dropping their season record to 9-5, 2-4 in the SEC Red Division.

Murphy’s Law: Everything that can go wrong will go wrong, and at the worst possible time. Saline’s game against Pioneer was a disaster from the opening tipoff. The first quarter was a defensive struggle between the teams. The Hornets didn’t make a basket through the first eight minutes, trailing Pioneer 6-1.

Unfortunately, the sophomore Thunder & Lightning combination, Griffin Yaklich and Trevor Arico, couldn’t muster much against the stingy Pioneer defense. Arico opened the scoring by converting on both ends of a one-on-one to cut Ann Arbor’s lead to 6-3. Pioneer then went of a 6-0 run before Yaklich made the Hornets first basket form the floor of the night at the 4:31 mark of the second quarter. Yaklich connected on four additional free throws to account for 7 of the Hornets’ nine second quarter points. Unfortunately, the Pioneers went on another 6-0 run, to take a 16-9 lead at the half.

Whatever Saline Head Coach Jacob Fosdick said in the locker room during halftime didn’t work. Pioneer went on an 8-0 run to start the third quarter to up their lead to 24-9, prompting Fosdick to call a time out at the 4:22 mark. It took an additional two minutes for senior forward Emmett Turner to score the first bucket of the second half for the Hornets. Turner added two more points in the final seconds to pull Saline within 14, 28-14 at the end of three quarters.

The Hornets were able to score more points in the fourth quarter than they had the entire game but still they were outscored by Ann Arbor 21-17, losing by twenty, 51-31. The Hornet scoring was spread across six different players as Fosdick was moving players in and out of the line-up in an attempt to create player match-ups that would benefit his team.

Following the loss, a disappointed Fosdick was subdued.

“I thought we had grown past this. I thought the team had grown so that they wouldn’t be so affected by the crowd, talking to opponents and getting caught up in all the hoopla of a rival game,” Fosdick said.

He stressed that the things that went wrong are all fixable and they will work on them in practice. “

We need to focus on execution and playing our game. We can’t worry about the crowd, talking to opposing players or playing to our screaming fans,” Fosdick said. “We are a young team and make young team kind of mistakes. We will work on making layups, making free throws, making good, solid passes and handling the pressure in big games. We have to grow up in a hurry as we play Novi on Tuesday and they are a very good team.”

Saline travels on Tuesday to take on the Novi Wildcats. Tip off time is 7 p.m.


1st Star: Emmett Turner (8 points, 14 rebounds)

2nd Star: Griffin Yaklich (9 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists)

3rd Star: Erik Wenning (6 points, 3 rebounds)



The Saline JV squad put together four strong quarters Friday night in Ann Arbor to handily defeat the Pioneers 54-33, to up their season record to 8-5. JV Head Coach Jason Pickett said he played all eleven players on his bench in the game and nine of them scored.

The Hornets opened the game with an 11-0 run as sophomore guard Josh Finn hit three consecutive three-pointers, while sophomore guard Ben Stack added four. Saline kept up the pressure in the second quarter as six different players scored. Freshman forward Luke Darmo’s opened the scoring with a layup followed by a drive to the basket by sophomore Nick Dills.

Sophomores Will Braham, Nick Dills and Lucas Hill each added two, while sophomore Tyler Belskus chipped in six. Freshman forward Anthony Ferrari also added a bucket following his offensive rebound.

The JV squad outscored the Pioneers 24-20 in the second half to take the 54-33 victory. Coach Pickett was very pleased with the effort his team showed during the game. “We talked all week during practice about playing as a team. It is pretty clear that the better teams will win. Not teams with better players but teams that play better together as a team.”

Pickett stressed to his players to not just go through the motions. “On our team, it doesn’t matter who plays or how much they play. I stress to always be ready. Tonight, everyone was ready to go.”

The JV squad travels to Novi on Tuesday night to take on the Wildcats. Game time is 5 p.m.


1st Star: Ben Stack (13 points, 1 rebound)

2nd Star: Josh Finn (9 points, 1 rebound & 5 assists)

3rd Star: Tyler Belskus (6 points, 3 rebounds)



The Saline freshman squad was within one point of the Pioneers for three quarter before Ann Arbor turned a one-point lead into a ten-point lead in the final quarter. No matter what Freshman Head Coach Brain Whitley tried, Ann Arbor had an answer for. In the end, Saline lost 46-36 to drop their season record to 9-5.

The team will travel to Novi on Tuesday to battle the Wildcats. Tip-off time is 4 p.m.


1st Star: Nick Walper (12 points)

2nd Star: John Barnett (10 points)

3rd Star: Bryce Wizner & Brayden Stavros (4 points)




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