Basketball: Saline JV and Freshmen Improve to 12-2

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 02/15/2020 - 02:22

All season long Saline JV Head Coach Jason Pickett has talked about every player being ready to be called upon to be “the next man up”. That was especially true Friday night against the Monroe Trojans.

With 1:43 left in the first quarter, the Saline starting five were sent to the bench and the next five took over. This group played until there was 3:13 left in the second quarter, when the starting five returned to the court. They had managed to turn a 12-11 deficit into a 17-12 lead.

Once they returned to the court, sophomore guards Braden LaRusso and Evan Merillat each sank a three-point shot to give Saline a 20-16 lead. The Hornets hung onto their four-point lead, heading into the locker room at the half leading 24-20.

The teams played evenly in the third quarter with each scoring sixteen. Sophomore forward Joshua Koch hit for four, LaRusso added three while Merillat and sophomore guard Romeo Love each added a three-pointer.

The fourth quarter, Love dominated the offensive play, scoring eleven of Saline’s thirteen points, to lead the Hornets to a 53-43 victory.

“I didn’t like where our mind was at the start of the game,” said JV Coach Jason Pickett, “we just weren’t in sync.”

Pickett continued, “I thought we picked it up in the second half and made some stops when we needed to.”

With the win, the JV record soars to 12-2. The team get back into action when they travel to Ann Arbor Huron on Tuesday. Game time is 5:30 p.m.



1st Star: Romeo Love (20 points, 5 rebounds, 1 assist)

2nd Star: Evan Merillat (11 points, 4 rebounds, 1 assist)

3rd Star: Kiernan Dean (6 points)


The Hornet freshmen team jumped out to an early lead and never looked back, defeating the Monroe Trojans 60-31 Friday night. With the win, the freshmen record stands at 11-2.

“It was good to play at home,” said Freshmen Head Coach Kirk Boettcher after three consecutive games on the road. “I thought we played together as a team and shared the ball very well.”

The freshmen will travel on Tuesday to take on the River Rats at Ann Arbor Huron. Tip-off time is 4:00 p.m.


1st Star: Zachary Fidh (16 points)

2nd Star: Roman Laurio (15 points)

3rd Star: John Chikwe (7 points) & Wynter Burnett (7 points)

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