Boys Basketball: Slow start costly in loss to Pioneer (video)

When playing a state-ranked basketball team such as Ann Arbor Pioneer it’s important to get off to a good start. The Dexter boys’ basketball team did the opposite Friday night, falling behind early to the talented Pioneers and digging themselves a hole they could never climb out of in a 62-51 loss.

The Dreandaughts played an impressive third quarter and could have made it a ballgame had it not been for that big hole. They proved – at least for a half – they could play with the Pioneers. The key moving forward is being able to play that well for four quarters.

Grant Katcher led the Dreads with 14 points while Ben Daugherty finished with eight points.

Junior point guard Christopher McGaughy led the Pioneers with 17 points.

Dexter (4-7 overall) will host Monroe St. Mary’s Catholic Central on Saturday, Jan. 30 in a non-league game.

McGaughy knocked down a triple with 1:40 to play in the first quarter to give Pioneer a 11-4 lead. The visitors led 17-8 after one quarter.

A basket inside by Mohamed Soumacro pushed Pioneer’s lead to 23-9 with 5:38 to play in the second quarter. McGaughy nailed another triple to make it 33-16 and the Pioneers took a 35-16 lead into halftime.

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Justin Eekhoff hit two free throws with 5:26 to play in the third quarter to help the Dreads cut the deficit to 37-23. A three-pointer by Katcher cut it to 40-26 but the Pioneers would not relent.

McGaughy converted a three-point play and then hit another triple to give Pioneer a 46-31 lead late in the third quarter. Pioneer led 50-33 after three.

Katcher hit another triple in the fourth quarter and Randy Gesell and Daugherty both scored baskets in the final minute to make it close making that slow start the more frustrating.

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