Waverly Boys Basketball Head Coach Graig Fields (left) watches as Trevon Avery of Grand Blanc dunks on a fastbreak in the 3rd quarter of their game, with Waverly trailing 36-17, Saturday December 27, 2014 at the Gannon Gym on the LCC campus.
The Waverly boys basketball team is still searching for the right combination.
Junior forward Sebastian Wood hopes to be a part of that mix.
Wood was one of the bright spots for the Warriors on Saturday in their 49-41 loss to Grand Blanc during the Holiday Hoops Invitational at Lansing Community College’s Gannon Gymnasium.
The 6-foot-3 Wood, who came off the bench for a second straight game after starting the first three, had 12 points and earned team MVP honors after playing a role in a Waverly second-half rally that fell short.
“We started a new lineup last game and today they didn’t play well so we went back to some other guys and they picked it up,” Waverly coach Craig Fields said. “A couple new guys off the bench picked it up. We don’t know, we’re trying to find a rotation, but it’s a work in progress as I keep saying.”
And Wood, who admitted he wasn’t working hard earlier in the season, has been motivated by losing his starting spot and was one of the main players that picked it up as Waverly fought back into a game where it trailed by 21.
“What it’s all about at the end of the day is winning,” said Wood, who helped Waverly get within seven in the final quarter. “I don’t care if I start or not, I just want to contribute for my team.”
The Warriors (1-4) could have used the play of Wood and sophomore guard Jaden Sutton in the early stages Saturday when things got away. Sparked by senior Tre’von Avery, Grand Blanc took control with a 19-0 run that spanned the late stages of the opening quarter and early in the second.
Avery, the younger brother of former Michigan cornerback Courtney Avery, scored 13 of his game-high 18 points in the opening quarter and was Grand Blanc’s MVP for the contest. He made three straight 3-pointers to break open a game that was tied at 6. And those 3s sparked the 19-0 spurt the Bobcats (2-2) rode en route to ending a two-game losing streak.
“He’s our spark and clearly he’s our go-to scorer,” Grand Blanc coach Rob McRae said. “We look for him to put the ball in the hole, and he stepped up like he’s done the previous three games and put points up quickly to start the game off and we rode that energy.”
That would prove to be enough for Grand Blanc, even though Waverly made a surge in the second half to try to make up for its slow start. And the Warriors know that sluggish stretch in the first half was the difference in a contest that could have gone much differently.
“We definitely have to start off better,” Wood said.
“We’ve just got to keep our heads in the game early. We just have got to stay focused and hopefully get a W next game.”