By: Seth Kinker, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Chelsea Bulldog Boys basketball team, 9-5 (7-5), fell to the Ypsilanti Grizzlies, 8-5 (7-2), at home on Feb. 5, 63-43. A team always looking to run, the Grizzlies were active on the boards early and got in transition all night as they pulled away in the second quarter.
After the Bulldogs took a timeout trailing 8-5 the Grizzlies finished the first quarter on a 7-2 run for a 15-7 lead.
“Early we gave up offensive boards that allowed them to get points they really didn’t earn in the half court,” said Bulldog head coach Josh Tropea. “I thought after that first quarter, we did our stats on the sideline, we only gave up one offensive board in the second. I thought we did a great job in the second half as well controlling them on the glass.”
In the second quarter the Bulldogs offense was more active. Bulldog senior guard Quinn Starkey hit one of his two threes’ on the night with 3:44 left to cut the Grizzlies lead to 22-17. The second gave Starkey 100 career three’s as he finished with 12 points.
The Bulldogs got shot opportunities but couldn’t get them to fall as the Grizzlies hit their shots in transition and in the half court.
“I felt we had good shots all night we just had a bad shooting night,” said Tropea. “One thing we talked about after the game and the kids agreed, our transition defense. When we did miss, we couldn’t slow them down, everything they got was in transition. When we could set our defense on a made shot or dead ball, I felt we defended well in the half court. We struggled when they got out in the open floor, we had no answer at all they were just running by us. they’re able to take it to a different level in the open floor than we could handle.”
After halftime both teams had runs. The Bulldogs started with a 6-0 run which was later answered by a 6-0 run from Grizzlies senior guard Oscar Miles Roberts to give the Grizzlies a 47-29 lead with under three minutes in the third.
The pace of the Grizzlies wore on the Bulldogs as the game went on and a step back jumper at the end of the quarter by Grizzlies sophomore Lucas Henderson made it 51-32 in favor of the Grizzlies. Henderson led the Grizzlies with 16 points.
Each team added 11 points in the final frame to make the final score, 62-43.
Junior forward Adam Hauser led the Bulldogs with 13 points.
Knowing this was a tough week with top ranked SEC teams Ypsilanti and Lincoln the Bulldogs are using these games to better themselves for the district and, hopefully, deep playoff run.
“We want to keep guys in front of us and compete on the glass, if we can do that against these two teams, we’ll be fine,” said Tropea.
On Friday, the Bulldogs host first place in the SEC White, Lincoln Railsplitters.