SALINE- Junior Griffin Yaklich scored 20 points to lead a surprisingly young and small Saline team to a 46-38 victory over host South Lyon in varsity basketball action.
The Hornets opened the 2018-19 season with two seniors, four juniors, four sophomores and a freshman in their varsity lineup. With Trevor Arico sidelined with an injury sustained playing football, Yaklich was the team’s only returning starter.
At other times, Yaklich was the only 6-footer on the floor.
Still, that didn’t stop the Hornets from playing great defense and taking control down the stretch.
Senior Logan Evans, returning to basketball for the first time since his sophomore years, hit two three-pointers and scored all 10 of his points in the fourth quarter. Sophomore Nathan Holmberg also hit a big three-pointer late in the fourth, when the Hornets outscored South Lyon, 19-12.
Tyler Belskus, Pete Jacobsen and Yaklich also hit three-pointers in Saline’s win.
Saline head coach Jake Fosdick knows that his team’s youth and size are going to be a challenge at times. But there’s a lot he likes about his group.
“It’s the most skilled team we’ve ever had. Everybody on the floor can shoot the basketball. Everybody can pass and dribble. It allows us to do a lot of cool things offensively, and, as you saw tonight, our defense is still pretty elite,” Fosdick said.
Saline visits Woodhaven Friday.