The Dexter boys’ basketball team earned – and learned – a great lesson on Tuesday night. Trailing 19-5 at the end of the first quarter, the Dreadnaughts not only understood they still had three quarters to play but went ahead and did something about it. Dexter didn’t lead until there was less than 4 minutes remaining in the game and ended up defeating the visiting Jackson Vikings 55-47.
“Jackson has come a long way since we last played them and they came out ready,” said Dexter head coach Jason Rushton. “We settled in and chipped away at (the deficit) in the second quarter. We told our guys to keep believing and we were going to win this game. It was a big, grind out game for us.
“Cal’s (sophomore Cal Bavineau) offense really came together. He’s beginning to see those opportunities and he takes advantage.”
Speaking of taking advantage, Colin Parachek quarterbacked his way to a team-high 19 points, including four triples, in the victory. The junior, who also had six rebounds and five steals in the win, started the season strong and continues to step up with each game he steps on the floor.
Bavineau, the starting point guard, had a big second half with 12 of his 14 points coming after halftime. He also dished off seven assists and had three steals.
Senior Marco Lucchesi hit a couple big three-pointers for the Dreadnaughts in the second half and finished with 10 points and 4 boards.
And senior Ryan Trinkle was huge for Dexter off the bench. “He provided some defense and much needed rebounding as well as getting five big points in the second quarter to spark the comeback,” Rushton said.
The Dreadnaughts have now won four straight and improved to 9-4 overall and 7-3 in league play with six games remaining in the regular season. Dexter hosts defending state champion Lincoln on Friday, Feb. 14 as they look for their fifth consecutive win. The following game will be on the road against Ypsilanti on Tuesday, Feb. 11.
“I expect Lincoln to bring everything they’ve got,” Rushton said. “They always play hard. Obviously, they have Emoni Bates and what I love about that kid is that he comes ready to play. We have to do the same thing. If we do, then we can make it a game. All we ask of our kids is to compete and that gives us a chance to win. It’s going to be a lot of fun.”
The Vikings jumped out to a quick 4-0 lead behind buckets from Daivion Bolware and Damarion Samuels. Dexter’s first basket came from Parachek, who knocked down a 3-pointer from the left wing. The Dreadnaughts would only score two more points in the first quarter as Jackson began to pull away behind Bolware and Kevin Payne.
Payne connected on a mid-range jumper with 4:12 left in the first quarter to give the Vikings a 9-3 lead, which was answered by senior Mario Lucchesi. Jackson took a 19-5 lead into the second quarter as the Dreadnaughts failed to score a basket in the final 4 minutes of the first quarter.
In the second quarter, the Dreadnaughts came out with more energy. Trinkle’s three-pointer with 6:01 remaining in the second quarter cut Jackson’s lead to 23-12. Parachek scored the final five points of the first half, including a floater with 6 seconds left, as Dexter trailed 28-19 at halftime.
The Dreadnaughts continued to chip away at the lead as Parachek knocked down two straight 3-pointers to cut Jackson’s lead to 34-27 with 5:56 left in the third quarter. About 4 minutes later, Lucchesi hit a 3-pointer to get Dexter within one point.
However, Payne and Samuels scored right after to put Jackson up 42-37 heading to the fourth quarter.
In the final 8 minutes, it was all Dexter as Bavineau, Lucchesi and Parachek combined for 18 points. Lucchesi hit another three with 5:12 left to tie the game at 47 and then Parachek gave Dexter its first lead of the night at 49-47, which was followed by a 3-pointer from Bavineau to extend the Dreadnaughts’ lead to five points.
Lucchesi and Parachek would add three free throws for good measure as the Dreadnaughts finished the game on an 11-0 run to win 55-47.
Samuels led Jackson with 20 points.