With two minutes left in the first quarter on Tuesday night, the New Boston Huron Chiefs had a 13-point lead over Riverview.
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Huron came out in the first half playing as a team with the reverse of their record at 1-12.
While the Chiefs gave the talented Pirates all they could handle early on, Riverview eventually fought back and secured a 60-48 Huron League victory.
For the Bucs (9-6, 6-4 Huron League), Cal Lockhart scored a game-high 25 points in the win and teammate Kolby Dorn finished with 15 points.
The Chiefs (1-13, 0-10 Huron League) were led in scoring by Cole Grunwald (11) and he was followed by Rory Callahan (10), Sal Farrugia (9) and Micah Smith (9).
Seven points from Grunwald in the first quarter helped Huron take an 18-5 lead six minutes into the game. Ethan Woolery also came out on top, from both sides of the field, and was a big part of the hot start. Offensively, he finished with six points from two 3-pointers.
“Ethan brings a whole new dimension to our team because of his ability to block shots,” said Huron coach Bob Blosser. “I just think Ethan and Rory go well together. Ethan is more of an outside shooter. Rory is gaining a lot of confidence around painting.
Riverview reduced the big early deficit by finishing the first quarter on an 8-0 run. Dorn hit a buzzer-beating 3-pointer to close out the quarter and cut the team’s deficit to five.
The Bucs excelled in the second quarter with their double-team traps in the backcourt and slowed the Chiefs’ momentum. The hosts eventually equalized at 22-22 but went into a 27-24 breakdown.
“I was concerned about our intensity and effort. I thought they got past us in the first half,” Bucs coach Marcus Voelz said. “Our only talking point at half time was ‘we just have to chase them for the first three minutes’. I really thought our guys, especially Cal and Caden McGrath, really stepped in and threw that charge.
In the third quarter, the game was as competitive as it gets. It went back and forth until Riverview took it to another level. Lockhart completed a three-point play to tie the game at 35-35 and the Pirates kept rolling from there.
Riverview had a 40-35 advantage to start the final quarter and then outscored the visitors 10-2 to take a 13-point lead before coming away with the 60-48 victory.
“Once the first two minutes of the second half was over, I was pretty confident about where we were. Halfway through the third we got a couple of those inbounds interceptions. We were able to get some lay-ups and execute our attack somewhat.
“We are a young team. Going down from 11 to 12 points and not to panic, it was definitely a silver lining, that’s for sure.
Next up for Riverview is a home game against Monroe Jefferson on Friday and the Bucs host Flat Rock on Tuesday, February 15.
Huron will host Monroe St. Mary Catholic Central on Friday and return home Tuesday, Feb. 15 to play at Carleton Airport.