Grosse Pointe North uses big fourth quarter to get by Warren Woods Tower

By: Zachary Manning | Online Only | Published December 27, 2018

 Grosse Pointe North senior Joey Rheaume brings the ball up the court in a game against Warren Woods Tower Dec. 27. North won the game 63-57.

Grosse Pointe North senior Joey Rheaume brings the ball up the court in a game against Warren Woods Tower Dec. 27. North won the game 63-57.

Photo by Patricia O'Blenes

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — The L’Anse Creuse North Crusader Classic got off to an exciting start Dec. 27, as Grosse Pointe North and Warren Woods Tower provided a thrilling opening game of the two-day tournament.

Entering the fourth quarter, Tower led by three. That lead would soon vanish, as Norsemen senior Troy Herd scored 10 of his team-high 23 points in the fourth quarter to lead North to a 63-57 victory.

With the win, North advances to the championship game Dec. 28 at 6:30 p.m. to play Orchard Lake St. Mary’s.

“This is probably the first game where we’ve really seen him play to his potential. He’s really good at getting the ball to the basket and drawing fouls,” North coach Andy Ayrault said. “When he’s patient and doesn’t fall to pressure, he can be a really special player.”

Outside of Herd’s 23 points, the Norsemen used a balanced attack to help secure the victory. Eight different players scored in the game, and senior Joey Rheaume hit a critical bucket late to clinch the game. Rheaume finished the game with 10 points and 12 rebounds.

Ayrault added that he liked the play of Hunter Levick off of the bench and that he can be a very effective player for them.

“He’s the type of player that’ll just kind of play hard all the time, and keeping him patient and keeping him under control has been our biggest challenge with him. But when he is, and he does the things that we ask him, he can be really effective just by taking care of the ball and getting to the basket as well,” Ayrault said.

For Tower, coach Nick Evola didn’t like his team's play in the fourth quarter. He thought it was scrambling too much and not being patient enough on offense.

The Titans were led by Matt Bills and Lee Veasley, who combined to score 40 of the team's 57 points. Bills knocked down seven 3-pointers in the game. Evola was happy with his team's effort, but wants to see his team continue to improve.  

“We’ve had four guys in double figures, so we just gotta keep with the balance. Any given night, guys can step in and make plays, and today, Matt and Lee led the way,” Evola said.

Tower will play North Dec. 28 at 5 p.m.