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Haslett switches defenses in second quarter, stymies G.R. Catholic Central's offense, wins B quarterfinal 48-38

Basketball   | Jeff Chaney

Haslett switches defenses in second quarter, stymies G.R. Catholic Central's offense, wins B quarterfinal 48-38

        Wayland -- Sometimes coaches out-think themselves.

     That was the case on Tuesday at the Class B quarterfinal at Wayland High School.

     Haslett (21-5) came out playing a man-to-man defense in the first quarter, and Grand Rapids Catholic Central took advantage of that, putting up 18 points in the first quarter and taking a 10-point lead.

     Then Haslett coach Bon Currier put his team into a 1-3-1 zone defense, a defense that has been a staple for the Vikings all year long.

     That worked as Haslett held the Cougars to just 20 points the rest of the game for a 48-38 win and a trip to the Breslin Center on Friday for a semifinal game against Benton Harbor, which beat Flat Rock 77-51 in its quarterfinal.

     "I don't know who the idiot was who left us in man-to-man for most of the first part of the game," said Currier. "(Catholic Central) came out so strong, and then we got into (the 1-3-1) and had great success with it. We always change into it, but I was a little obstinate tonight and stayed in man-to-man a little too long. And the 1-3-1 is something we have been doing all year long and do well."

     Catholic Central coach Trevor Hinshaw was impressed.

     "We didn't get the ball where we wan