By Joseph Hayes
It could have been the perfect comeback victory.
The Port Huron High School boys basketball team got off to a slow start Tuesday against Warren Lincoln and even trailed 21-8 entering the second quarter.
That is, before the Big Reds went on a torrid run that would position Port Huron to win the game in the second half.
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But it was all for naught.
Port Huron surrendered a nine-point lead to Warren Lincoln with only four minutes remaining in the fourth quarter and would go on to lose, 67-65, in overtime.
“This one is tough,” Port Huron forward Ethan Balon said. “We worked really hard and we came up short.”
Despite the setback, Port Huron will need to bounce back quickly, as it turns its attention to rival Port Huron Northern Wednesday night.
The Huskies will travel to Port Huron High for a 7 pm tip-off.
Tuesday night’s game against Warren Lincoln was originally scheduled for Friday, but because of the district’s mid-winter break, it was moved up to Tuesday, giving the student-athletes rare back-to-back games.
Port Huron Northern meanwhile defeated Sterling Heights, 68-44, on Tuesday night.
“We started too slow,” Port Huron guard De’Ovion Price said after leading Port Huron with 18 points. “We have to get off to a better start and we have to finish better.”
Port Huron trailed 29-22 at halftime, but led 42-38 after taking control in the third quarter. The main highlight was a long 3-pointer from Price as time expired in the quarter.
In the fourth quarter, the Big Reds momentum continued to grow, as they went up by as much as 52-43, with just over four minutes remaining in the game.
But the lead wouldn’t hold up for the remainder of the game. After Warren Lincoln found a way to tie it and send it into overtime, they also found a way to escape with the win.