The Dexter boys’ basketball fired out of the gates on Monday with 22 points in the first quarter and took a nine-point lead into the fourth quarter. But host Brighton chipped away and stole a 64-62 victory from the Dreadnaughts in their season opener.
“It was a back and forth game and a well-played game for our first time out,” said Tim Cain, in his first game as the Dreadnaughts’ varsity head coach. “We had some defensive breakdowns at the end that cost us.
“We came out and shot the ball very well in the first quarter. Then we got into a little bit of foul trouble.”
Dexter led 22-11 after one quarter and 35-31 at halftime. Brighton outscored Dexter 21-10 in the final quarter.
The Dreads made 12 triples in the game.
“We were 3 of 13 shooting threes in the second quarter and attempted only one shot inside the arc,” Cain said. “We have to have better balance than that. We have to get to the basket more than that.”
Justin Eekhoff led Dexter with 19 points. Grant Katcher had 15 points, Tony Siedl had eight points and Brady Rosen had seven points for the Dreads.
Dexter plays at South Lyon at 7 p.m. on Thursday.