MARINE CITY – Jyaire Mack scored 14 points and Marquis Perkins added 13 as New Haven opened the high school boys basketball season with a 53-36 win over Marine City.
The Rockets (1-0) took control of the game by halftime and never looked back in the Macomb Area Conference crossover game.
“This is a great team win,” coach Tedaro France II said. “We have some good depth on our bench and we came together today and played good as a basketball team.”
France said was pleased with how his team was able to overcome the size of the Mariners’ post players and its defensive showing.
Clamping down on the Mariners’ shooters and holding them to under 40 points was a major accomplishment for the Rockets. The program is looking to reload after losing six players to graduation.
“We can have a bad offensive game, but we should never have a bad defensive game,” France said.
New Haven will play its second-straight road game against Almont on Tuesday.
Marine City (0-1), meanwhile, is just getting used to wearing its basketball shoes. The Mariners had about a week and a half to prepare for the matchup. Two weeks ago, its whole roster was on the turf at Ford Field winning the District 4 state football championship. The parades and banquets have kept them from putting in any significant time on the hardwood.
“Our offense will get better as the season goes on,” Marine City coach Joel Whymer said.
Pete Patsalis, one of the heroes in Marine City’s championship win, scored 14 points. The Mariners will face Algonac next Friday.
New Haven 6 14 12 21 – 53
Marine City 7 2 15 12 – 36
New Haven (1-0): Mike Kincaid 1, Ryan Crayton 5, Marquis Perkins 13, Max Jyaire 14, Josh Mills 7, Sychar Sterling 4, Marcus Jamison 4, John Galloway 5. Totals: 11 (6) 13-24 – 53.
Marine City (0-1): Alex Merchant 2, Cole Avers 1, Pete Patsalis 14, Jake Shemetaro 3, Paul Gorbani 9, Kenton Rivard 7. Totals: 10 (2) 10-19 – 36