No, Dexter didn’t drive all the way to Lake Orion on a Saturday night to play just one quarter of basketball – even if that’s what it appears at first glance.
The Dreadnaughts “grinded one out” in a non-league basketball game in northern Oakland County that featured plenty of defense and just enough offense for the visitors to stick this one in the win column. It also included a dominant Dexter defense that shut out the home team in the second quarter.
The Dreadnaughts ended up on the winning side 27-19 after scoring 72 points in the win Thursday over Adrian. But they’re both wins and that’s all the counts during this still early and unusual high school basketball season.
“Our defense was solid against a big and physical Lake Orion team,” said Dexter Coach Jason Rushton. “I thought we executed well down the stretch and made free throws at the end to give us a win.”
Lake Orion “sprinted” out to a 9-4 first-quarter lead. The Dreadnaughts kept the home team off the scoreboard in the second quarter but still trailed 9-8 at halftime.
Dexter picked things up a little in the second half, outscoring Lake Orion 9-5 in the third quarter and 10-5 in the final quarter.
Junior point guard Cal Bavineau and sophomore Evan Haroldson (two triples in the third quarter) led Dexter with eight points apiece. Colin Parachek added seven points to go along with eight rebounds.
The Dreadnaughts (3-2 overall) will be working on some offensive drills for sure as they prepare for Monday’s rivalry game with Chelsea.