Boys Basketball: Dreadnaughts fight off Adrian’s second-half comeback

The Dexter boys’ basketball team defeated the Adrian Maples 61-49 on Friday behind Ryan Trinkle’s team-high 13 points (with four rebounds) , including five fourth-quarter points.

Marco Lucchesi finished with 11 points, four rebounds and four assists while Colin Parachek added six points and a team high 10 rebounds in the victory. Aidan Dexter knocked down three of four three-point attempts and finished with nine points. Cal Bavineau had seven points along with four assists.

Caden Dempsey led Adrian with 13 points.

“We know that Ryan is capable of having big offensive games, it’s just a matter of letting the game come to him. We’ve been talking to him about creating for others and that would open looks up for him, and it has,” said Dexter head coach Jason Rushton. “Bobby also did a really good job of getting all over them early and then his offense got going.”

Even with the victory, Rushton wasn’t very happy with how his team performed in the second half. “I was frustrated with the lack of intensity and the lack of energy,” he said. “We let Adrian come out with the energy and we didn’t match them in the second half. They came out and battled in the second half. We have to play a full 32 minutes if we want to keep winning.”

Lucchesi got the scoring started with a lay up with 7:10 left in the first quarter, putting Dexter up 2-0. Parachek helped the Dreadnaughts begin to pull away as he connected on a 3-pointer to give Dexter an 11-2 lead. Trinkle, who came off the bench, knocked down a 3-pointer of his own to put the Dreadnaughts up by double digits.

In the second quarter, Trinkle continued his strong performance with five more points. Meanwhile, Lucchesi and Aidan Dexter both made open 3-pointers to extend Dexter’s lead. The Dreadnaughts held a 31-13 lead at halftime and Dempsey was the only Adrian starter to score in the first half as he had two points in the first 16 minutes.

At the beginning of the third quarter, Bobby Pnacek stole the ball and scored it off the glass to give Dexter their biggest lead of the game at 33-13. With 2:51 left in the quarter, freshman Brennan Parachek scored an and-one to put his team up 17 points. However, the Maples got back into the game with an 11-3 run to trail 40-31 heading to the fourth quarter.

Dempsey scored six points in the third quarter and then five points in the fourth quarter to help Adrian make a run and they got within four points before Dexter opened it back up. The Maples were unable to score down the stretch so they were forced to foul and the Dreadnaughts made 75 percent of their free throws in the fourth quarter.

Dexter and Lucchesi also added a 3-pointer each in the final 8 minutes. Trinkle knocked down three free throws in the last 2 minutes and Bavineau made 3-of-4 of his free throws to help put the game away.

The Dreadnaughts will return to action on Tuesday, Feb. 11 versus Jackson.

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