By Chris Zadorozny
It was a tale of two halves for the Huron Chiefs, host of the boys’ district semifinal on Wednesday evening in New Boston.
In the first half, the Chiefs kept with the Summit Academy Dragons, but in the second half, it all came crashing down, as the Chiefs fell to the Dragons, 70-36.
At the end of the first half, the Chiefs were only down 25-17, a small margin in comparison to the final score.
Dragons Coach Craig Lewis credited the Chiefs to staying with his fast-paced team, but also admitted his team missed a lot of layups, and got into foul trouble early.
“I was definitely surprised, in the first half though, we missed a lot of layups. If we would’ve made those layups, it would’ve been a lot different.”
The Dragons held the Chiefs defensively though, and that’s something they’ll continue to focus on in their next district game.
The Chiefs never held a lead in the game though, and as the clock kept going, it just kept getting worse for Huron.
At the end of the third quarter, the Dragons were up by 20 points, leading 51-31. It was too big a deficit for the Chiefs to overcome.
“We actually focused a little bit more on the offense. We got the baskets that we were trying to get in the first half,” said Lewis on what they fixed heading into the second half.
“We just made a couple of adjustments on offense that went over well in the second half.”
Leading the way for the Chiefs, Tyler Olson had 12 points, Zachary Schlarb had seven points and four rebounds, and Cameron Cox had six points and five rebounds.
The scoring was spread all around for the Dragons, but none more than Cory Hicks who had 34 points and four rebounds. Jesse Brown also had 10 points and Donovan Presbery had three points and four rebounds, and Blake Horvath had two points and four rebounds.
The Dragons will now focus on the Red Devils on Friday at Huron High School. “We’re pretty much going to stick to our principles defensively, hopefully we can get some scoring going. I think if we can get that spread out, we can be okay,” said Lewis.
To read the original article that appeared online on MI Prep Zone on March 6, 2014, go to www.miprepzone.com/thenewsherald