Paul Hurley ‘16: Ending a 9 game losing streak, the Bulldogs couldn’t be more happy to their first win of the new year. The boy basketball team prevailed victorious by a score of 52-39, over Mac crossover opponent Port Huron. This game was the first of two times they will see the Big Red’s on the season. Next time, the teams meet in March in the first round of playoffs.

This season, the boys major troubles rooted from taking care of the ball and playing hard defense. You never would’ve guessed that was the case on Thursday night.

Allowing 16 points in the first quarter, the team only allowed 23 total points in the last three quarters. This is the first time all season the Bulldogs held a team under 40 points.

“Defense has been a major key to our failure this year,” Coach Cushingberry said. “Kids are driving past us like it’s nothing, then there’s nobody meeting them in front of the bucket. However, tonight was our first time sticking with a 1-3-1 defense and we’ll definitely be in that a lot more often.”

Not only was this a big night due to a future playoff foreshadowing, but the football team also received major honors during halftime.

Before the game, the boys all received their long awaited State Championship rings. During the game, Maxpreps honored the boys as a top 100 team in the entire country. This award came with the “Minute Man” trophy, which stands at nearly four feet tall.

“Not only was it fun to end the losing streak, but the football achievements made it so much better,” Mitch Heimbuch ‘16 said. “We had a rocking crowd that was all energized to receive well deserved honor. It was a great day”

Looking to start a new streak on the positive side, the basketball team travels to Lanse Creuse North Tuesday night. Still looking for their first Mac Red win, you can expect to see them play with some energy.

 

Photo by: Nicholas Barry

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