Dexter Basketball Drops​ Season Opener

By: Seth Kinker,

The Dexter Boys Basketball team (0-1) opened their season on Dec. 6 at Brighton High School against the Bulldogs (2-1), falling 71-38. 

The Dreadnaughts looked like a team replacing five seniors from last years 14-7 squad, including All-SEC first team guards Brady Rosen and Drew Bishop. 

Junior guard Ryan Trinkle lays the ball up against Brighton. 

Using a huge second-quarter run, the Bulldogs secured the game early. The Dreadnaughts outscored the Bulldogs in the second half but it wasn’t enough to climb out of the early hole. 

First Half

The two teams traded baskets early with Dreadnaught junior guard Marco Luchessi starting off strong with the Dreadnaughts first five points. 

With 3:23 remaining, Bulldog senior forward Keenan Stolz hit two free throws to make it 8-5. 

The Bulldogs would end the quarter on a 7-0 run including a three-pointer and a transition lay up back to back to take a 15-5 lead. 

The Dreadnaughts would score the first two baskets of the second quarter to cut the Bulldog lead to 15-9. After that, the Bulldogs would go on a 32-1 run to end the half. 

The Bulldogs scored at will in transition and were active on the boards at both ends of the floor. The Dreadnaughts got shot opportunities but couldn’t hit their shots. 

Six Bulldogs scored n the second quarter, led by Stolz with eight. Stolz was the star for the Bulldogs, scoring leading all scorers with 22 points. 

Second half 

The Dreadnaughts outscored the Bulldogs 28-24 in the second half to make the final score 71-38. 

In the second half, shots began to fall for the Dreadnaughts and players got to the foul line. In both quarters, Dexter had four or more players get into the scoring column.  

Antwan Ficklen Jr. drives against Brighton. He led the team with 10 points. 

Junior guard Antwan Ficklen JR., a transfer from Adrian High School, provided a spark off the bench.

He was active on defense deflecting passes and although he didn’t get to the line as much as he should have, finished with 10 points to lead the Dreadnaughts. 

Lucchesi, a returning player from last years squad, was the second leading scorer with nine points. 

The Dreadnaughts next play on Dec. 11 against Parma Western. 

Seth Kinker

Reporter/Digital Media for The Sun Times News

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