The 7th grade boys’ basketball team played Dewitt on Monday, November 14th with the A team earning its first win of the season and the B team losing a tight hard fought battle.
The A team won by a score of 46-43. The Comets ran out to a 40-25 lead after 3 quarters and hung on for the victory. The Comets were led by Isaiah Bailey who scored 16 points and Nick Ellis who chipped in with 8 points. Jackson Collier and Thomas Kerrigan were strong on the defensive end for Hayes.
The B team lost a tough matchup 49-40. The Comets held a 12-9 first quarter lead, but Dewitt slowing pulled ahead and extended the lead late in the fourth quarter. James Tresize led Hayes with 9 points, followed by Cade Tackett with 7 points. Ethan McCartney and Reilly McCrackin also played strong for Grand Ledge.
“Both teams continue to steadily improve,” said coach Brett McCartney. “The A team easily played its best game and really executed the offense well. We struggled with their press near the end of the game, but overall it was a strong performance.
“The B team actually played better offensively than they did last week. We just need to hit those free throws. If we do that, we probably have a good chance of winning.”
The 7th grade boys hit the hardwood next against Waverly at home on Wednesday, November 16th with the A team earning its second straight win, and the B team losing a heartbreaker.
The A team won by a score of 55-30. They took a 28-17 lead into the half and pulled away in the fourth quarter for a comfortable victory. Every player scored for the A team led by Nick Ellis with 12 points and Thomas Kerrigan with 11 points.
The B team lost 43-42 as Waverly made a free throw with 9 seconds left to earn the win. In a nip and tuck affair, the lead changed hands several times, with the Comets tying the game on a three pointer by Justin Odlum with 12 seconds remaining to finish a strong 4th quarter comeback by Hayes.
“I really liked the effort both teams made,” Coach McCartney said. “Waverly played a zone defense, which we rarely see at this level, so I was really proud of how both teams made adjustments to our offense during the game.
“The B team played so hard, especially in the fourth quarter. Our full court man to man defense was really strong and it allowed us to come back and gave us a chance to win.” “I hope they now realize that if they play with that defensive intensity for four quarters, we can be hard to beat.”
The Comet 7th grade teams play at MacDonald Middle School in East Lansing on Monday afternoon, with the B game starting at 4:30 pm.