—Submitted by Bob Lasley
Home sweet home. Friday night the Northville boys hoops team ran their home record to 5-1 with a resounding 50-30 win over South Lyon East. The Cougars scored quickly to go up 2-0, but they did not score another field goal in the first quarter, which ended with the Mustangs leading 12-4. Northville used a very effective half-court zone trap defense which forced the Cougars into multiple turnovers, and had the Mustangs converted more effectively on their 7 offensive rebounds the margin would have been greater. Northville heated up in the second quarter with better shooting from the field and 6-7 free throws to bolt out to a 29-10 lead at halftime. Andrew Meacham led Northville with 10 first half points and Stewart Henzi pulled down 6 rebounds, 4 off of the offensive glass. Eight different Mustangs scored in the half.
South Lyon East outscored Northville 7-2 at the outset of the second half, but the Mustangs countered with a 15-4 run to end the third quarter with their largest margin of the game, 46-21. The Mustangs shot 7-13 from the field, including their only 3 pointer of the second half and 2-2 from the free throw line for the period. The fourth quarter saw Coach Todd Sander substitute liberally, but South Lyon East still struggled against the Northville defense and was only able to trim 5 points off of their third quarter deficit. This was a much needed victory for Northville coming off of some tough losses on the road, and the players and coaches seemed to really enjoy themselves. Northville’s next
game is a rematch with Salem Friday, Jan. 25th at home.