Salem chipped away from an early deficit Tuesday night and earned a 62-53 varsity boys basketball victory at South Lyon East.
“They (Cougars) jumped out the first quarter, playing all scrappy and with a lot of intensity,” Salem head coach Bob Brodie said. “But we scrapped back in the second.”
The Rocks (6-2, 2-0 in the KLAA Central Division) trailed 18-8 after the opening stanza but roared back with a 16-5 edge in the second to go up 24-23 at halftime.
Salem coasted from there, helped out by outrebounding the Cougars 43-26.
“We didn’t shoot the ball particularly well,” Brodie said. “But we played great defense.”
All 10 Salem players got into the game and scored at least a point, with senior forward Jakob Lenders leading the way with 24 points along with 12 boards.
“He had a nice ballgame,” Brodie said.
Chipping in with 10 points was Cameron Grace, while Allante Wheeler led Salem with five assists.
For South Lyon East (2-5, 0-2), Trent Willenborg registered 12 points.
Plymouth got off to a fast start Tuesday and went on to rout host Livonia Franklin, 70-42 in a KLAA South Division varsity boys basketball matchup.
Leading the way for the Wildcats (6-1, 1-1) were Khalil Newell and Brent Davis, who each tallied 17 points.
Also in double figures was Josh Reynolds (10 points), while Pete Carravallah and Randall Aikins each scored six.
Plymouth now will host Canton 7:30 p.m. Friday in the second half of a girls-boys doubleheader on Military Appreciation Night. (The girls game tips off at 6 p.m.)
“Hopefully we’ll have the gym packed for what’s going to be exciting varsity girls and boys basketball games against Park rivals,” Plymouth head coach Mike Soukup said.
Canton wins again
The Canton Chiefs improved to 7-1 overall and 2-0 in the KLAA South with Tuesday’s 64-29 victory over host Wayne Memorial.
The Zebras dropped to 2-4, 1-1 with the loss.