Basketball: Saline Lets Win Slip Away at Huron

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 01/29/2018 - 21:58

A few years ago, actress/singer Patti LuPone had a concert tour called “Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda”, highlighting all of the songs and acting roles that she could have performed in her illustrious career.  The Hornets’ game Friday night under the dome at Huron High School was reminiscent of that concert, in that it was a game that the Hornets will look back on and find so many things that they could have, should have and would have done differently if they were able to play the game over again.

The first of those ‘would have’ is obviously ensuring that the name Trevor Arico, the sophomore guard for the Hornets, was listed in the official score book.  This omission resulted in the assessment of a technical foul.  Huron connected on both foul shots, and then scored in the ensuing position, adding four points to the River Rats’ final score.  In a two-point game, that error ended up being very costly. 

Saline Head Coach Jacob Fosdick might look back and think he ‘shoulda’ pulled senior forward Emmett “The Beast” Turner out before he picked up his third foul late in the second quarter.  Turner had eight rebounds in the first half, seven of which were offensive rebounds. 

With 4:46 left in the third quarter, Turner was assessed his fourth foul and headed to the bench.  While the team has ‘thunder & lightening’, ‘the wind’, the ‘junior beast’ and ‘baywatch’, Emmett “The Beast” Turner is the heart and soul of this team. 

Huron Head Coach Jay Shunnar paid Turner the ultimate compliment when he said “I would love to coach a Turner on my team.  Every team needs a player like him.”

‘The Beast’ brings the emotion, the toughness and the willingness to do whatever is needed to win.  No matter the score, Turner never quits.  This commitment to winning is now characteristic of the entire team.  Even while sitting on the bench Friday night at Huron, Turner was the emotional leader of the squad from the bench.  

The Hornets found themselves in a huge hole in the first quarter allowing the River Rats two 6 – 0 runs during the quarter, trailing 17 – 9 at the end of the first.

If there is one thing this young team has shown this season, it is their ability to rally from behind.  Saline found themselves trailing 19 – 11, before going on an eight-point run of their own to knot the score at 19 – 19.  River Rat freshman forward Devin Womack hit s three-pointer with :39 seconds left to stake Huron to a 22 – 19 lead at the half.

The second half of the game was reminiscent of old time basketball.  It featured tough, in your face and all over your space defense, with both teams making it very difficult for the other team to find space to get an uncontested shot off.  Huron scored five points in the third and fourth quarters, and only converting on free throws in the final quarter.

Think about that.  The Saline defense held Ann Arbor Huron without a basket from the floor for an entire quarter.  The Hornets outscored Huron 7 – 5 in the quarter and what a wild fourth quarter it was.   Coach Fosdick turned in one of his best coaching efforts of his career in the fourth quarter.  A coach’s main job is to put his team in a position where they have an opportunity to win the game.  Fosdick did that Friday night under the dome.

With the River Rats leading by two, seconds to go in the game, Huron missed the front end of a one – on – one free throw, and Saline grabbed the rebound.  Heisler grabbed the rebound, passed to Yaklich who brought the ball up court.  Fosdick yelled “motion”, and out of nowhere Arico broke free from his opponent, took the pass and got off a three-point shot with seconds to go. 

The ball was off the mark, and the game was over.

Following the game, Saline Head Coach Jake Fosdick had nothing but praise for his team.  “We came here tonight thinking we could win.  And we played well enough to win.”

The game was a learning experience for his team.  Fosdick acknowledged that but said, “I’d like the team to learn without losing.”  “We got the looks we wanted but didn’t execute all the way that leads to scoring.”

Fosdick had praise for senior forward Adam Heisler who came off the bench to score five points and grab seven rebounds.  “Adam led a big charge at the end and grabbed some very important rebounds.  And Connor (senior forward Connor Terech) was a lot more comfortable around the basket tonight.”

The loss drops Saline record to 8 – 4 on the season, 2 – 3 in the SEC Red.  The Hornets get back into action Tuesday evening when they will host the Dexter Dreadnaughts.  Tip off time is 7 p.m.


1st Star:  Connor Terech (10 points, 5 rebounds)

2nd Star:  Adam Heisler (5 points, 7 rebounds)

3rd Star:  Emmett Turner (4 points, 9 rebounds, including 7 offensive rebounds)



The Hornet JV squad ran into a buzz saw Tuesday night in Ann Arbor, falling behind 18 – 9 in the first quarter and they never got any closer.  The River Rats’ junior varsity squad is a very talented team, having only lost once this season but Saline Head Coach Jason Pickett thought his team learned something about themselves.

“Obviously Huron is a very talented team.  We were kind if lost in the first half, wondering if we belonged on the same court with them,” Pickett said following his team’s 59 – 42 loss.  “We talked at halftime about knowing that we can compete with anyone.  In the fourth quarter, we were able to do that.”

The River Rats amassed a 49 – 26 lead at the end of three, but Saline outscored Huron 16 – 10 in the final quarter.

Saline was led by freshman forward Anthony Ferarri’s 10 points.  He squad get back into action Tuesday night hosting the Dexter Dreadnaughts.  Tip off time is 5:30 p.m.



1st Star:  Anthony Ferarri (10 points, 4 rebounds)

2nd Star:  Jake McCandless (6 points, 2 rebounds)

3rd Star:  Nick Dils (5 points, 3 rebounds)



The freshman team traveled to Ann Arbor Huron Tuesday evening and dropped a 45 – 30 decision to the River Rats.  Like the JV and Varsity teams, a poor first quarter put the team in a hole they couldn’t get out of.

The freshmen were led by forward Brayden Stavros and Eli Trece’s 8 points.  The freshmen get back into action Tuesday afternoon hosting the Dexter Dreadnaughts.  Game time is 4 p.m.


1st Star:  Ben Stavros (8 points)

2nd Star:  Eli Trese (8 points)

3rd Star:  Nick Walper (3 points)

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