The Ypsilanti Grizzlies upset the Dexter Dreadnaughts, 46-45, on Friday night on the road. After getting down 21-13 at halftime, the Grizzlies battled back and junior Justin Nelson knocked down the game-winning free throw in the final seconds.
Dexter junior Colin Parachek led all scorers with 16 points with three triples and 6 of 8 shooting from the floor. He also had eight rebounds for the Dreads. Sophomore Cal Bavineau scored five of his 10 points in the final quarter. Senior Mario Lucchesi hit three triples to finish with nine points and Bobby Pnacek and Brennan Parachek each scored five points for the Dreadnaughts.
Lance Maurer had a team-high 13 points for Ypsilanti.
In the final period, Nelson stole the ball and finished a lay up to pull Ypsilanti within three points with 7:07 left in the game. Just 2 minutes later, Maurer knocked down a three-pointer to tie the game. Lucchesi responded with a triple of his own, but the Grizzlies refused to go away as Maurer tied the game again with a free throw.
The game remained tied until Bavineau converted another and-one to put Dexter up 43-40. Ypsilanti quickly answered with a 5-0 run, including a steal and score from Nelson, putting the Grizzlies up 45-43 with 1:10 left in the game. That was the Grizzlies’ first lead since 2-0. Parachek would tie the game on the other end, 45-45, with 20.5 seconds to go.
Ypsilanti put the ball in Lucas Henderson’s hands but he was unable to score and it looked like the game was heading to overtime until Nelson grabbed an offensive rebound, getting fouled in the process. He went to the line with 4.5 seconds left and made one free throw. Dexter had a chance to win the game but Lucchesi never got off a clean shot.
“Cal did a great job working the ball up the middle and Mario had an open look in the corner but he couldn’t get it off,” said Dexter head coach Jason Rushton of the Dreadnaughts’ final possession. All credit to Ypsilanti. They scraped and battled all night long. They executed down the stretch and we just didn’t. We knew exactly what we wanted (at the end) and we got it but just couldn’t get the shot off.”
The Dreadnaughts, who are now 6-3, return to action on Tuesday, Jan. 28 against Pinckney on the road. Meanwhile, the Grizzlies improve to 5-5 on the season, snapping a four-game losing streak.
“We don’t want to have any setbacks. We know that we have some work to do so that’s what we’re going to do. We have Pinckney on Tuesday night so it’s going to be a quick turnaround,” said Rushton. “We can’t focus too much on this loss. We’ll watch some film on Sunday and be ready to go versus a good Pinckney team next week.”
Elliott Lucas Henderson, a junior point guard, got the scoring started for Ypsilanti as he drove coast to coast, putting the Grizzlies up 2-0. On the other end, Parachek knocked down a three-pointer for the Dreadnaughts. Neither team was able to score the ball very effectively but Cal Bavineau’s and-one gave Dexter a 10-8 lead after the first quarter.
Brennan Parachek, the lone freshman on Dexter, scored four straight points to start the second quarter, which forced an Ypsilanti timeout with 7:07 left. Neither team would score for the next 3 minutes until Maurer hit a three-pointer to cut Dexter’s lead to 14-11. The Dreadnaughts preceded to go on a 7-2 run to end the half.
Parachek connected on an and-one with 52.8 seconds left in the second quarter before Treyveon McGee finished at the rim for Ypsilanti. Dexter led 21-13 at the break as Parachek had a game-high six points. Bavineau had four points for Dexter, while Maurer had a team-high five points for the Grizzlies at halftime.
Dexter remained in the lead for the entire third quarter as Lucchesi connected on a corner three-pointer with 4:15 remaining. However, the Grizzlies would continue to fight back. Lucas Henderson scored eight points in the third quarter, including two three-pointers. Parachek also had eight points for Dexter as they led 35-30 going to the fourth quarter.