The Pioneers welcomed in the crosstown rival Cabrini Monarchs for an MHSAA Semi-Final Showdown. Even though the Pioneers had won the previous two meetings, this was a game that meant everything to both teams.
“In the MHSAA playoff’s records go out the window.” Head Coach Kris Daiek said. “Your fighting to practice another day.” Coach Daiek added.
In the first, GR looked to be in control on both ends of the floor. Scoring the first 8 points was GR. Senior, Jacob Henderson scored 6 of the first 8 points from everywhere on the floor. The Pioneers would outscore Cabrini 18-6 in the first 8 minutes of the game. Six other Pioneers would score.
“We seemed to be playing with some confidence.” Coach Daiek said. “On the offensive end we didn’t miss a shot and our defense wasn’t bad….we seemed in control.” Diaek added.
In the second, GR exploded offensively…outscoring Cabrini 28-5. Eight Pioneers would score in the quarter. Seniors, Garrett Balazsi, Kevin Tuttle, Deshon Elam and Matt Silka would score 5 points apiece.
“We seemed to be clicking a little bit on the offensive end. ” Coach Daiek said. “It was good to see our first shots go in.” Daiek continued.
In the third, GR would outscore Cabrini 17-7. With most of the starters out of the lineup, the Pioneers would continue with the hot hand. GR’s Kevin Tuttle would drop in 5 points and five other Richard players would enter the scoring column. Gabriel Richard would extend the lead to 63-18.
In the fourth, Cabrini’s offense continued to struggle. Even though the Monarch’s would have the opportunities, they just couldn’t seem to find the bottom of the basket. Freshman, Mike Calhoun scored 8 points and hauled down 3 rebounds. Junior, Matt Maki would hit one free-throw to finish off the Monarchs 72-18.
“We really shot the ball well tonight.” Coach Daiek said. “I think we shot the best from the field all year. Unfortunately for Cabrini…we just dropped some shots.” Diaek continued. “They (Cabrini) has good looks at the basket…nothing was falling for them.”
The win puts GR at 16-4 on the season and will play Ecorse High School who won 82-19 over Universal Prep.
“They are a very talented group,” Daiek said. “They are very physical and we will have to play our best basketball to compete with them. ”
Kevin Tuttle led all scorers with 11 points along with Seniors, Deson Elam and Jacob Henderson scoring 10 points apiece. Senior, Matt Silka pitched in 7 points. Freshman, Mike Calhoun dropped in 6 points and Kyle Alonte scored 5 points .