Green Devils lone survivors in opening round
The Brown City Green Devils (10-11) had no trouble bouncing winless Mayville, 75-26, in the last of the three Class C district contests at Memphis High School.
The Devils, who are seeking their third straight district crown, will get a severe test tonight against New Haven, a 57-30, victor over Sandusky, a team that BC has had two tight games with during the regular season.
The Rockets are also 10-11 on the season, but in a division of the Macomb Area Conference against larger schools.
Tony Burton, veteran Grebn Devils coach, was impressed with New Haven on Monday.
“Sandusky’s a pretty good team and (New Haven) played well against them. They have a 6’6” guy (Robert Farr)) that gives them a good presence inside and (Desmond) Clark at point-guard is a good all-around player.”
BC will likely try to slow the tempo of the game against the Rockets.
“We have to handle to handle their pressure, No. 1. And, we have to somehow contest the 6-6 kid inside,” remarked Burton. “(New Haven) looks very impressive.”
Against Mayville on Monday night, BC led 44-9 by halftime. Senior guard Cory Soucie, playing just the first two quarters, led the Devils with 16 points. Andrew Knox and Andrew Bell added 14 and 13 points.
New Haven 57 Sandusky 30 Ryan Pritchett, Sandusky coach, said the defensive pressure did his team in early. The ‘Skins trailed 16-6 in the first quarter.
“Early on we didn’t handle the pressure and we just couldn’t claw back in,” said Pritchett. “They’re quick and strong - give them credit. But, we never answered the bell. We never attacked their pressure like we wanted to.”
Senior guard Andrew Fetting had 10 points for Sandusky. Farr led New Haven with 17.
Memphis 52 Marlette 42
The Raiders , who saw their season end with a 10-11 record, never could find a shooting touch against the Yellowjackets (13-8). They sank just 15-of-54 shots for the night.
Memphis outscored Marlette, 19-9, in the second quarter to take a 28-18 lead by halftime.
Two sophomores did most of the damage for the Yellowjackets. Jeff Weidner tossed in 18 points and Phillip Jock added 10. Marlette had 11 points from junior guard Alex Storm.
Class B at Cros-Lex
The Pioneers (9-12) saw their season end on their home court. Vassar, the GTC West champions, raced out to a 34-20 lead by halftime and then fended off a late C-L rally.
Garrett Troike led four Vulcans that scored in double figures with 13 points.
Vassar takes on Yale in the second semifinal game tonight at Cros-Lex. Caro faces North Branch in the opener.