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Posted on Thu, Dec 13, 2012 : 9:30 a.m.

No shortage of early season excitement for Saline boys basketball

By Kyle Austin

It’s only mid-December, but the Saline High School boys basketball team has already had enough excitement to last a season.


Saline's Michael Hendrickson in a game last year against Huron. file

Saline’s last two games have both gone down to the wire, with the Hornets winning in comeback fashion Saturday and falling in a marathon game Tuesday.

Tuesday at Southgate Anderson, Saline went to double overtime before falling, 65-63. The Hornets had a chance to win the game at the end of regulation and in both overtime periods before suffering their first loss of the season.

That game followed a Saturday performance in which Saline came from 17 points down in the third quarter to top Canton, 58-56 at home.

"This was more about defense than offense. Our defense became our offense," first-year coach Eric Williams said of Saturday's game. "That's what allowed us to come back.’

Thursday, Saline visits Chelsea to kick off a stretch of four straight games against SEC White opponents.

The Bulldogs, also under a first-year coach in Rourke Skelton, are 1-1, most recently topping Manchester Monday, 87-65.

Thursday Basketball Schedule

Boys Basketball
Detroit Denby at Ypsilanti Lincoln, 7 p.m.
East Jackson at Manchester, 7 p.m.
Saline at Chelsea, 7 p.m.
Saline Washtenaw Christian at Livingston Christian High School, 7 p.m.
Ypsilanti at Wyandotte Roosevelt, 7 p.m.

Girls Basketball
Ann Arbor Huron at Detroit Country Day, 7 p.m.
Saline Washtenaw Christian at Livingston Christian High School, 5:30 p.m.
South Lyon East at Milan, 7 p.m.
Ypsilanti Arbor Preparatory at Harper Woods, 7 p.m.
Ypsilanti Lincoln at Inkster, 7 p.m.

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Thu, Dec 13, 2012 : 4:22 p.m.

Saline is fun to watch. Best team since 2008. Gunners and runners.