Brighton boys' rally falls just short in loss

Brighton boys' rally falls just short in loss


Brighton boys' rally falls just short in loss


The Brighton boys basketball team had its chances, but couldn’t cash in in the final seconds of Tuesday’s 53-51 loss at Walled Lake Central.

“We tried a 3-pointer for the win that missed with 3 seconds left, and we had a putback that fell off the rim at the buzzer,” Brighton coach Mike Griest said.

The Bulldogs trailed 30-16 at halftime before making the comeback.

“We switched defenses and made some adjustments on offense,” Griest said. “They’re very quick, and we hadn’t seen that kind of quickness this season. It took longer than we wanted to to adjust, but we did, and we made the comeback.

Nick Crocker had 14 points and eight rebounds to lead Brighton (1-3), while Michael Lloyd had 11 points and three rebounds and Dylan Bennett added 10 points, six assists and four steals.

Hartland 43, Waterford Kettering 31

The Eagles trailed by one at halftime, then pulled away with a 16-6 spurt in the third period.

“We didn’t play like we practiced in the first half,” Hartland coach Denny Butcher said. “We weren’t applying the things we knew we were good at and sound at. We did that in the second half.”

The victory was the first of the season for the Eagles (1-1).

“We had a tough one at Northville last week, and it’s been a week since we had played,” Butcher said. “It’s no fun to practice for a while week. It felt good to play against someone else.”

Konlan Paul led the Eagles with 13 points.


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