2014-03-13 / Sports

North Huron valiant to end

District Final: Bay City All Saints 46, North Huron 42
By John Bonke
Staff Writer • 810-452-2668 • jbonke@mihomepaper.com

North Huron’s Kyle Case (22) goes to the hoop hard against the tough defense of Jacob Lesniak (20) of Bay City All Saints. 
Photo by John Bonke North Huron’s Kyle Case (22) goes to the hoop hard against the tough defense of Jacob Lesniak (20) of Bay City All Saints. Photo by John Bonke FAIRGROVE — North Huron, seeking its first district title since 2010, gave a scrappy effort, staying within striking distance and even leading with just over two minutes left, before succombing to Bay City All Saints stifling defense and falling 46-42 in a Class D district final Friday at Akron-Fairgrove High School.

“I can’t complain,” North Huron Coach Dave Case said. “We held our own.”

Coach Case said that he was extremely proud of his team.

The game was close throughout but it was not until Nick Goretski hit a triple and Kyle Case scored on an offensive rebound in back-to-back possessions to give North Huron a 42-39 lead with 2:32 left that it seemed like fate might be on their side.

But the Cougars quickly squashed the Warriors hope with a stifling defense that held North Huron scoreless for the rest of the game.

Case led all scorers with 25 points, including two key triples in the fourth quarter, and Goretski added 11 points.

Bay City led 13-10 at the end of the first quarter as both teams seemed to have their fair share of shots that fell and shots that didn’t.

In the second quarter, North Huron seemed to step up their offense a notch but to no immediate avail. With about five minutes remaining, Bay City led 15-10 and North Huron called a timeout to regroup. As the second quarter wound down and with about one minute left in the first half, Bay City was up 21-19.

North Huron tied it at 23 in the third, and after a put-back by Case led, 28-27, with a little over two minutes left in the quarter. Bay City called a timeout to regroup and took a 30-28 lead and then went into a stall to grind down the third quarter.

In the fourth, the Cougar offense kept going as the Warriors seemed frustrated as Bay City pulled ahead 33-28 with about seven minutes left in the contest. The Cougars played a slow-down offense from there and waited for openings. But the North Huron stepped up its defensive pressure.

North Huron persisted on offense as well and a three-point field goal and a basket tied the score at 33 with about five minutes left. From there, the lead went back and forth.

As the fourth quarter, and the game, wound down, Bay City sunk North Huron’s hopes with two, nothing-but-net free throws from Trey Newsham. From there, the Cougars went into an offensive stall. North Huron made deliberate fouls attempting to gain possession of the ball. After frantic scoring attempts by the Warriors, and Bay City up 46-42 with only 6.4 seconds left on the clock. North Huron called a time out and Bay City coaches and players could be heard to say “No fouls! Don’t foul!”

When play resumed, North Huron tried to score and Brandon Moore took what would prove to be the last scoring attempt for a Warrior this season on a shot from a ways out in front of the basket out as time ran out.

North Huron will graduate seven seniors: Alex Bambach, Kyle Case, Nick Goretski, Justin Hatch, Matt Kosinski, Brandon Moore and Mike Strozeski.

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