Grosse Pointe South wins rivalry game over Grosse Pointe North

By: Zachary Manning | Online Only | Published January 11, 2019

 The Grosse Pointe South bench celebrates during its game against Grosse Pointe North. South won the game and improved to 6-5 overall.

The Grosse Pointe South bench celebrates during its game against Grosse Pointe North. South won the game and improved to 6-5 overall.

Photo by Patricia O'Blenes

GROSSE POINTE — It was a rivalry matchup that tested two teams, but Grosse Pointe South was able to edge out a 69-62 victory over Grosse Pointe North Jan. 11 on the road.

 

South used an offensive explosion to jump out to a 24-12 lead after one quarter, but North didn’t go away that easy, as the Norsemen were able to cut that lead to four before halftime. 

 

However, four would be the closest the game would get, as every time North made a run, South had an answer. Blue Devils coach Troy Glasser was proud of his team’s effort and fight throughout the game. 

 

“We’re a young team. Basketball is a game of runs. Young teams have a hard time, usually, responding, but I think, this team, we’re growing, so we could respond to their runs. We knocked down some shots. We always know we play pretty hard. Sixty-two points is more points than I wanted to give up. We got a little sloppy there at the end, but I thought the kids at least competed and responded,” Glasser said. 

 

South used a balanced attack to defeat the Norsemen, as six players scored and four hit double figures. Ryan Downey, Luke Adams, Will Johnson and Daryl Houston combined to score 62 of the Blue Devils’ 69 points. 

 

The win pushed the Blue Devils to 6-5 overall and 3-2 in the Macomb Area Conference White Division. 

 

“I just think we’re getting better. Daryl got off early, missed a couple of layups there at the end he usually makes. Will got in a little bit of foul trouble and kind of tried to find his way. Overall, I was happy. Just a couple poor possessions at the end and a little sloppy, but overall, we were happy," Glasser said. 

 

North was able to battle back in the game on multiple occasions, but turnovers and poor possessions plagued the Norsemen throughout the game. As a team, North turned the ball over 14 times. 

 

The Norsemen were led by Joey Rheaume, who collected a double-double with 19 points and 10 rebounds. Joe Ayrault was able to add 17 points and six rebounds, while Hunter Levick, Cameron Perrino and Troy Herd combined to score 23 points and grab nine rebounds. 

 

The loss drops North to 5-6 overall and 2-3 in the MAC White. The Norsemen will look to rebound at 7 p.m. Jan. 15 when they travel to Warren Mott.

 

South will look to build on this performance, as it hosts Romeo High at 7 p.m. Jan. 15.