Grosse Pointe North defeats Grosse Pointe South, claims district title

By: Zachary Manning | Online Only | Published March 1, 2019

 Grosse Pointe North's Joey Rheaume looks to make a play during a Division 1 district final game against Grosse Pointe South. North won the game 54-48.

Grosse Pointe North's Joey Rheaume looks to make a play during a Division 1 district final game against Grosse Pointe South. North won the game 54-48.

Photo by Erin Sanchez

GROSSE POINTE –– With the score tied at 39 and just over six minutes left on the clock, Grosse Pointe North and Grosse Pointe South were in a battle to decide which team was going to win a Division 1 district title and advance to regionals. 

That’s when the Norsemen embarked on a 9-1 run to take a 48-40 lead with just 2:39 to play. South battled back and got the game to within five, but North was able to hang on and pull out a 54-48 victory. 

North will take on the winner of Berkley and Birmingham Brother Rice. After the game, it was announced that this was North’s first district title in the last 14 years. 

“Great group of kids, really hard-working boys. Even at the beginning of the season, I said that potentially they’ve got a lot of talent, and they can do some really nice things. Just needed to get used to a new system and relax with that and know what they’re capable of,” North coach Andy Ayrault said. 

The Norsemen used a team effort to attack the Blue Devils throughout the game, as three players hit double digit points and five guys had more than six points. 

Hunter Levick scored a game-high 15 points, while Joe Ayrault added 11. Joey Rheaume chipped in a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds. 

“We had, probably, the toughest non-league schedule that we’ve had in probably 14 years. A lot of those teams are top 10 teams, both in Class B and Class A, and I think that helped us along the way,” Ayrault said. “When you get beat by good teams, you don’t take that as hard, because you know that they’re good teams, obviously, but it also helps you develop both mentally and physically.” 

For South, it came out strong and was able to go into halftime with a three-point lead. However, with Daryl Houston out due to injury and Will Johnson fouling out, South couldn’t preserve that lead. 

Johnson and Houston are two of the Blue Devils’ leading scorers. Before fouling out, Johnson scored 10 points and grabbed eight rebounds. 

“We just didn’t make shots. We got the shots we wanted, we just didn’t knock them down,” South coach Troy Glasser said.

Looking forward to next season, South will lose four seniors, and all four contributed this season. However, a positive for the Blue Devils is the fact that Johnson, Houston, Nick Fannon and Weston Brundage all return. 

Fannon scored 13 points and grabbed five rebounds, while Brundage added seven points and four rebounds. 

“Daryl’s a very dynamic player, can do a lot with him on the offensive end and the defensive end, especially. He rebounds the basketball, he starts our transition. Hurts without having Daryl,” Glasser said.