Basketball coaches always talk about competing for all four quarters.
South Lyon showed it can hang with good teams last week, but struggled to do it for four quarters in losses to Northville and Salem.
Northville 47, South Lyon 41
The Lions came out strong against Northville, pushing ahead to a 23-19 halftime lead. The lead was nine before Northville’s Ryan Roberts hit a three to beat the buzzer.
The Mustangs used the momentum to to take the lead in nthe second half and held off the Lions at the line by making 7-of-9 free throws in the fourth.
Josh Remstad had a big game for South Lyon with 19 points. Joe Newman was next with nine, seven in the fourth quarter.
David Morrissey scored 18 points to lead Northville, followed by 10 from Justin Zimbo.
“Really, we played pretty well in this game, just had about a four-minute lapse in the third quarter and that was enough to make the difference,” South Lyon coach Doug Host said. “We were solid at the defensive end and we took pretty good shots until we rushed things a bit late in the game and settled for some contested jumpers, instead of looking to get into the paint and get to the free-throw line to stop the clock and extend the game. However, this was a progress game for us against solid competition.”
Salem 60, South Lyon 39
Again, the Lions were in it the first half, trailing 23-21 at the intermission.
Salem started the third quarter on a 21-1 run and built a lead big enough to withstand another South Lyon run, which cut the deficit to nine early in the fourth. Salem pulled away late to put the game out of reach.
“For the first time in the last five games, really since the last time we played Salem, we had a longer stretch of a game where we just didn’t compete and that’s definitely frustrating, particularly considering we had the No. 1 team in the division on the ropes,” Host said. “It’s almost inexplicable how we can not come out and compete at that point. You congratulate Salem, obviously, because they’re a good team and they demonstrated that all season, but I felt like we made things easy on them in the third quarter. We let them beat us to spots time and time again and just let them dictate what was going to happen in the game.”
Nick Flynn led South Lyon with eight points. Newman and Jackson Curry scored seven points each.
Allante Wheeler led Salem with 16 points, followed by 13 from Jon Swift.
“On a positive side, some of our guys came off the bench and provided strong minutes in the second half and actually turned the momentum around a bit and got us back into the game,” Host said. “That was really good to see, that competitive side from them.”