The St. Clair High School boys’ basketball team picked the wrong time to have a dry spell.
The Saints trailed visiting New Haven by a single point after Nolan Young stole the ball from the Rockets’ Mike Kincaid, soared down the court and sank a layup.
That happened with 4:10 left to play in the first half.
St. Clair’s next field goal came at the 4:54 mark in the third quarter on a Josh Barnes’ 3-pointer.
Seven minutes and 16 seconds ticked by without a single point from the Saints.
The Rockets blasted off during that lengthy drought as they rolled to a 50-48 victory Friday night.
And all that occurred after St. Clair (3-5, 0-4) established a one-point lead after the first period of play had ended. Leading 14-13, the Saints came unglued.
Shots did not come as easy as they did for them in the second quarter as New Haven tightened their defense and caused several miscues by the Saints.
“We were letting their trap (defense) get to us,” Saints’ Coach Shawn Sharrow said. “In a trapping defense you got get rid of it.
“And we missed a baseline jumper and two layups right at the rim. It was just a combination – we turned it over and we stopped making shots.”
New Haven outscored St. Clair 15-4 to close out the first half and never looked back. The Saints lost their fifth-straight game after starting the season 3-0. They remain winless in the Macomb Area Conference Gold Division, but will look to turn things around during a stretch next week in which they play three games in four days.
Young scored 10 points for St. Clair.
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