2017-12-07 / Sports

Lapeer tops Harbor Beach in season opener

By: Mike Gallagher
Sports Reporter - mgallagher@mihomepaper.com


After grabbing an offensive rebound, Evan Smaglinski looks to score against Lapeer Monday night. 
Photo by Mike Gallagher After grabbing an offensive rebound, Evan Smaglinski looks to score against Lapeer Monday night. Photo by Mike Gallagher HARBOR BEACH - Class A opponent Lapeer, was too much for Harbor Beach in the season opener, as they defeated the Pirates, 86-62, Monday night.

The game was close through two quarters, as Harbor Beach trailed 20-13 after the first quarter, and then 40-32 at halftime, but the third quarter was the difference, as the Lightning outscored the Pirates 28-14.

“They started knocking down some shots, and we didn’t,” said Harbor Beach head coach Ron Wruble. “We weren’t knocking down our open shots, so we had some opportunities, but they just weren’t falling tonight.”

Lapeer made five of their 10 three-pointers in the third quarter, and Lightning guard Drew Knickerbocker scored 16 of his game-high 31 points.

In the fourth quarter however, Harbor Beach kept the intensity up, as they were only outscored by two points, 18-16.

“I liked our effort physically, but I wasn’t real happy with our mental effort,” said Wruble. “We did some things offensively that weren’t executed very well, which is what happens in the first part of the season. Defensively, we’ve got to hunker down a little bit more.”

Lapeer had four players score double-digit points, including Knickerbocker, Colton Meister (15), Nick Jensen (11), and Carson Butterfield (10).

“We didn’t get a chance to scout this team, and their length was really glaring,” said Wruble. “They were long, and they could shoot the ball, especially from the perimeter.”

For Harbor Beach, James Schelke and Ryan Sieman both scored 16 points, Mason Jahn scored 13, and Grant Hanson had six.

“This has showed us a few things we need to work on,” said Wruble. “We’ve got another tough game coming up, and our whole non-conference schedule is pretty tough, but what doesn’t kill you makes you better.”

Harbor Beach played Croswell-Lexington Wednesday night after press, and plays Bad Axe on Friday.

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