Grosse Pointe North’s Cameron Perrino attacks the basket during a game earlier this season. At press time, North was 1-8 overall.

Grosse Pointe North’s Cameron Perrino attacks the basket during a game earlier this season. At press time, North was 1-8 overall.

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Grosse Pointe North boys basketball looking to get back on track

By: Zachary Manning | Grosse Pointe Times | Published January 21, 2020

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GROSSE POINTE WOODS –– The Grosse Pointe North boys basketball team knew change was coming.

Last year’s squad featured eight seniors, most of who played a role for the team that advanced to a Division 1 regional final. Four of them were captains and the rotation featured a bunch of veterans.

This year’s group again has eight seniors, but that can be a little deceiving. For many, this is their first time playing varsity basketball, and it’s taken some time to adjust to the level of play.

With that lack of experience, North has taken its bumps to begin the year. At press time, the Norsemen were 1-8 overall and 1-2 in the Macomb Area Conference White Division.  

“They don’t quit,” coach Andy Ayrault said. “They’re not a team that’s going to hang their heads and give up, so that’s been very promising, especially from the underclassmen.”

North has had a few solid offensive outings, including an 84-point game in a loss to Detroit Denby, and a 74-point scoring night in its lone win against Warren Mott.

However, along with those strong offensive games, the Norsemen have also had their struggles. They have been held under 50 points four times this season and are averaging 56.2 points per contest.

“We shoot the ball pretty well,” Ayrault said. “The biggest thing that’s been hurting us the most is taking care of the basketball. Turnovers have absolutely killed us.”

As North continues to battle its way through this season, Ayrault can’t help but notice the promising young talent he has on his junior varsity and freshman teams.

Pair the developing talent on the lower levels with Adam Ayrault, who is a freshman on varsity, and the coach sees a bright future for his program.

“That’s always good. But it takes commitment by the time they’re on varsity to sort of get into it and do it and prepare themselves,” the coach said.

North will hit the court again at 7 p.m. Jan. 23 at home against New Haven High.

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