Tough team defense propelled the Grand Haven boys basketball team to a 54-48 victory over Reeths-Puffer Tuesday in a non-league contest.
The Bucs trailed 20-16 at halftime, then clamped down defensively and outscored the Rockets 12-4 in the third quarter to grab a 28-24 lead at the buzzer.
The pace picked up considerably in the fourth quarter, with Grand Haven outscoring the Rockets 26-24 and nailing down the win.
“We did some trapping stuff and were able to force turnovers,” said Grand Haven Coach Bob Eidson about his team’s second half defense. “We did a great job of getting out and running after the turnovers.”
Eidson also credits the forced turnovers with easing things up on the offensive end.
“We struggled with their zone, and getting out and running after turnovers helped us space the offense.”
The Buccaneers were led by Schaefer Thelen with 12 points, including nine in the fourth quarter. Drew Hewitt added 12 points for Grand Haven.
Jalen Cooley paced Reeths-Puffer with 20 points while DeAngelo Williams added seven assists.