Monday's roundup: Pioneer boys weather slow start
Ann Arbor Pioneer coach Rex Stanczak and Ann Arbor Gabriel Richard coach Mike Coghlan put their friendship aside for a couple of hours Monday night as their boys basketball teams battled on the court.
Pioneer struggled with foul trouble early before turning a halftime deficit into a 67-55 win.
Stanczak and Coghlan both attended Gabriel Richard and were best friends in high school. But Gabriel Richard wasn't so friendly early on, knocking down 3-pointers and drawing 13 first-half fouls on Pioneer to take a 26-23 lead into the half.
"I thought (they) came out with a lot more fire than we did," Stanczak said. "By halftime, they had our full attention and the kids understood they're a good team."
Chris McGaughy scored 25 points and Cedric Benton had 20 to lead the charge for Pioneer (4-1), which used its defense to create offense in the third quarter.
"Pressuring the ball and getting out in passing lanes (is) what really turned the game," Stanczak said.
McGaughy and Benton combined for seven steals, and Pioneer scored the final eight points of the third quarter to grab a 43-37 lead heading into the fourth.
Pioneer pushed its lead to double digits before Richard was able to trim it to five. But the outside shots stopped falling, Pioneer held on for the win, and Stanczak moved to 2-0 against Coghlan.
"You don't feel good beating a good friend," said Stanczak, who had Coghlan on his staff at Pioneer for a season. "But because it's a non-league game and we play it early in the season, there's a little less tension to it."
Joe Chavey scored 15 to pace Gabriel Richard (3-2).
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Center Line 66, Sterling Heights 45: Anthony Thomas had 23 points and Devon Robinson 13 for Center Line (1-3). Sterling Heights is 1-4.
Peck 41, Harbor Beach 39: Kyle Abrago scored 15 for Peck (4-1). Josh Schelke scored 17 for Harbor Beach (3-2).
Rochester Adams 67, Ortonville Brandon 21: Amber Jamison had 20 points and 12 rebounds, and Dazia Dinkins had 12 points and six assists for Adams (5-0).
Waterford Lakes 44, Clarkston Everest Collegiate 21: Allison Maiorana had 13 points for Lakes (4-4, 1-0 Catholic League-East). Ashley Lowney scored 13 for Everest (4-4, 0-1).
Geoff Robinson is a freelance writer. Detroit News staff contributed.