The Gabriel Richard Catholic Boys Basketball team hosted Royal Oak Shrine on Monday night with GR coming in at 9-1 on the season and undefeated in the CHSL Intersectional, at 4-0. Shine would enter the season at 2-2 in the CHSL Conference.
“This was a big game for us.” Head Coach, Kris Daiek said. “We knew that winning this game would keep us in first place.” Coach Daiek added.
The Pioneers knew containing Shrine’s leading scorer, Anthony Massucci would be the key to winning against the Knights.
“He is a talented scorer and he has a knack of getting to the basket and drawing fouls.” Coach Daiek added
In the first quarter, GR would get out running in transition and outscore the Knights 17-7. Sophomore, Nick Szczechowski would lead Gabriel Richard with 8 points while Shrine would get 7 points from Massucci. However, GR would get 5 points from Holdsclaw and a pair of 2 pointers from Seniors, Robbie Henderson and Matt Maki. GR would lead by 10 points after the first 8 minutes.
“We played good defense…except Massucci scored 7 points.” Coach Daiek said. “We knew it was going to be tough to contain him…he is a good player.” Daiek added.
In the second quarter, the Pioneers outscored Shrine 17-11. GR would keep the Knights leading scorer to just 2 points while 4 other of the Shrine team would score 9 points to keep them within striking distance.
Six different Pioneers would score in the quarter. Again, Nick Szczechowski would score 4 points while Robbie Henderson would score 4 points in the second and Senior, Nick Hiuser and Braden Bilinski would score 2 points a piece. Sophomore, Mike Calhoun would drain a three pointer to end the quarter.
“We can get scoring from allot of different places with this team.” Coach Daiek said. “We have several guys that can score…we need more that can defend at a high level.” Coach Daiek said. “I think we are getting close on the defensive end.”
In the third quarter, Richard’s defense would tighten the grips holding Shrine to just two baskets and only 9 points in the quarter. Richard’s offense would continue to click, scoring 15 points in the third. Henderson, Holdscalw and Junior, Drew Daiek scored 4 points in the quarter. The Pioneers would take a 49-27 point lead heading into the fourth quarter.
“We attacked the basket pretty good in the quarter.” Coach Daiek said. “They tried to press a little and it left us with some pretty good looks which we capitalized on.” Coach Daiek said.
In the fourth, Richard would outscore Shrine 8-7 on their way to a 57-43 win over Shrine Catholic. The Pioneers would hold the talented Anthony Massucci to 16 points, but the talented guard seemed to be frustrated most of the night as the points didn’t seem to come as easy. Again, Calhoun would drop in another 3 pointer while Holdsclaw, Henderson would score 2 points and Daiek would add 1 point.
“We were happy with defensive basketball.” Coach Daiek said. “We prepared hard for these guys (Shrine) and we executed the defensive game plan tonight.” Coach Daiek said. ” We wanted to make it tough on Shrine and the guys did that tonight.” Coach Daiek added.
The Pioneers move to 10-1 on the season and 5-0 in the CHSL Intersectional. Shrine moves to 3-7 and 2-2 in the CHSL standings. Nick Szczechowski led GR with 14 points and 6 assists and 4 steals. MIke Holdsclaw and Robbie Henderson added 11 points. Henderson would also grab 7 rebounds while Holdsclaw had 6 rebounds. Michael Calhoun score 7 points and grabbed 8 rebounds and 4 blocks.
“Calhoun is a very talented shot blocker…He doesn’t get enough credit for his ability to change shots…cause we don’t track that in our defensive stats.” Coach Daiek admitted. “We have specific defensive goals and that’s not one of them…maybe we need to start.” Coach Daiek said.
Gabriel Richard Catholic will travel to Ann Arbor Greenhills on Friday for another Intersectional battle between the Gryphons. The Pioneers came way with a 14 point victory the last time teams faced off. However, the Pioneers understands it’s a new season.
“We told the guys that the season has now just started. The first 5 games is only putting you into a position…the next five decide a championship and more importantly a seed in the CHSL tournament.” Coach Daiek said.