When you fall behind 15-1 you aren’t making it easy on yourself and nothing came easy Thursday night for the Dexter boys’ basketball team on the road in South Lyon. But when you have a Katcher on your team, playing “Katch-up” is a little easier.
The Dreadnaughts certainly dug themselves a hole but they have the shovels to dig themselves out and when you can shoot the three as well as the Dreads can, you are never out of a ballgame.
And when Dexter’s Grant Katcher nailed a triple from the top of the key with 3:05 left in the game the Dreads had come all the way back with a 45-43 lead – their first of the game.
Justin Eekhoff made all three free throws and Tony Seidl made both of his to extend Dexter’s lead to 52-45 with 1:13 to play. But there was still work to be done – remember, nothing came easy.
The host Lions nailed a pair of free throws to cut the lead to 52-50 with 28 seconds left. Katcher’s free throw made it 53-50 with 22 seconds on the clock but South Lyon scored inside to cut it to 53-52 with 13 seconds left.
Katcher made two more free throws to make it 55-52 with 10 seconds left to play. Dexter waited until 5 seconds were left on the clock and fouled, preventing the Lions from getting off a three-pointer. The strategy worked as South Lyon missed both free throws and Katcher added a free throw with 1 second left to lock up a 56-52 comeback victory.
Dexter improved to 1-1 on the season.
Katcher led Dexter with 19 points. Seidl finished with 15 points, Eekhoff scored nine and Drew Bishop had seven for the winners.
After coming out with 22 points in the first quarter of Monday’s opener, Dexter opened Thursday’s game in a much different fashion. The Dreads turned the ball over constantly and only took a handful of shots in the entire quarter, falling behind 15-1 after the opening 8 minutes.
But South Lyon was unable to put the game away and the Dreadnaughts fought their way back in the second quarter. Three pointers from the wing by Eekhoff and Seidl cut the lead to 18-9 with 4:20 to play in the first half.
A floater in the lane by Bishop brought the Dreads to within 19-14. Bishop then knocked down a triple from the top of the key to make it 20-18 with 30 seconds left.
South Lyon scored a bucket just before the buzzer to take a 22-18 lead into halftime.
Eekhoff’s field goal cut the lead to 22-21 early in the third but the Lions got the offense rolling and took a 32-22 lead with 5:21 to play in the quarter. Katcher hit triples from each corner to bring the Dreads to within 35-28 with 3:20 left in the third quarter.
Seidl’s jumper along the baseline made it 40-30 with just under 2 minutes left in the quarter. Katcher then drilled
another triple from the corner to make it 40-33. Seidl kept it rolling with a triple from the wing to bring the fast-charging Dreads to within 40-36 in the final seconds of the third quarter.
In the fourth quarter, Katcher kept knocking down triples from the corner and his three pointer with 5:02 left in the game cut South Lyon’s lead to 43-39. And Seidl’s triple from the wing pulled Dexter to within a point at 43-42 with 3:43 left in the game.
Dexter played solid man-to-man defense especially in the second half to limit South Lyon on the offensive end.