The Grand Ledge Varsity Boys Basketball team scored two big wins coming out of the holiday break, beating previously undefeated East Lansing on the road Tuesday before holding off Lansing Eastern on Friday at GLHS.
Tuesday’s 59-53 upset over the No. 2 ranked team in Class A moved the Comets into a first place tie atop the tough CAAC Blue Division. The win ended the Trojans 46-game regular season win streak.
“Tonight was special. This was a program win,” coach Scott Lewis said. “In order to win games like this it takes unity of purpose and belief from the ground up. If it wasn’t for the youth coaches, middle school coaches, high school staff, past players, parents and everyone else that has helped and believed in our program our current players wouldn’t be in this position.”
Starting off the first quarter Javel Lewis won the tip to set the tone. Luke Smith, Ethan Cummings, Javel Lewis, and Jayke Houghton all chipped in first quarter points to get the Comets going offensively.
In the second Al McCready started to heat up. The senior knocked down five points from the free throw line and and Smith added five points in the quarter as well. The Comets also played excellent defense led by Sam Todd.
“Sam came in as a senior and our defensive specialist and played huge,” coach Lewis said. “Jayke did a great job on their shooter. Al paced our offense and Javel altered shots in the paint. Luke hit a huge shot down the stretch and several before that. “
Going into the second half just down by a few GL fought hard to stay in the game. Again McCready got to the line 2 more times and knocking down 2 more shots along with big buckets from Jayke Houghton and Stefan Hall to cut the lead to one.
A great defensive effort proved to be the different in the fourth quarter, with Lewis getting a big block to go with a huge slam dunk and McCready knocking down six free throws. Luke Smith hit a huge triple late to put the Comets ahead by four and the team never looked back.
“The contributions kept coming from our reinforcements off the bench and everyone that was called on stepped up. All members of the team found a way to make an impact and contribute and that is what makes this so special.
McCready led all scorers with 23 points while Luke Smith added 14 and Jayke Houghton 10.
Grand Ledge moved to 7-1 with a 59-46 victory Friday night at GLHS in front of a nice crowd that braved the snow day weather to watch the game.
The Comets jumped out to a 21-8 lead after the first quarter before the Quakers outscored GL 17-10 in the second quarter to make it a six point game at the half. Grand Ledge extended the lead to 47-40 after the third and once again sealed the deal with an incredible defensive effort in the fourth.
For the second straight game McCready led all scorers, this time with 24 points while Javel Lewis put in 13 points. Luke Smith added two big three point buckets as well.
Grand Ledge is back home Tuesday night against the Big Reds of Sexton in another CAAC Blue battle at GLHS.