The Dexter boys’ basketball team didn’t exactly blast out of the blocks to start its District opener Monday night against visiting Pinckney. But by the time they reached the finish line, the Dreadnaughts had righted the ship and sailed on to a 49-40 win over the Pirates.
Dexter hosts Ann Arbor Huron at 7 p.m. Wednesday in a District semifinal game. Pioneer will face Skyline in the first game starting at 5:30 p.m.
“Huron is a very good and it’s going to be a tough task,” Dexter coach Tim Cain said. “If we play with confidence and knock down some shots we will make it a ballgame.”
Dexter didn’t come out against Pinckney with much confidence. The hosts fell behind 8-2 and trailed 14-12 after the first quarter.
“We came out flat as if the moment was way too big for us,” Cain said. “We were not aggressive on defense and missed a lot of wide open looks.”
Dexter trailed 20-18 at halftime.
Led by Randy Gesell, who scored 13 of his 17 points in the second half, Dexter picked up the pace late in the third quarter. The Dreads pulled to within 30-27 after three quarters and completely dominated the fourth quarter, outscoring the visitors 22-10 during one stretch of the second half.
“We had a couple players sick and Randy got his first start of the season and played his best game of the season,” Cain said. “He played really well as did Ben Daugherty (four points, seven rebounds) down low. They both came up big for us.”
Grant Katcher had 15 points, Justin Eekhoff scored six and Drew Bishop had five points for the Dreads.