Thursday marked the first home game for a Windsor boys basketball team many predict will go a long ways come tournament time. But the Yellow Jackets were in for a tough task Thursday night against an equally talented Fair Haven squad.
Coach Harry Ladue’s team headed into the contest a perfect 2-0 on the young season, but struggled early against the size and speed of Fair Haven. Those struggles helped the Slaters build a nine point lead by the end of the first quarter, with the visiting team bullying its way to easy buckets in the paint.
Fair Haven opened things up further in the third with help from some precision 3-point shooting, and headed into the final frame up a comfortable 12 points.
Nonetheless, the Yellow Jackets kept fighting over the game’s final eight minutes, and even cut the deficit to one with less than two minutes to play. But Fair Haven didn’t budge further, holding on to a 56-51 victory worth a 3-0 start to the season.
Senior Nick Kapuscinski led Windsor’s offense with a game-high 18 points, including this nice mid-range jumped on a pass from Jacob Meager.
Senior forward Michael Bradley chipped in with nine points for the Yellow Jackets with help from a handful of rebounds and put backs, while Dakota Page finished with seven. Fair Haven was led by a 15-point effort from junior Darren Brown.
Windsor will try and bounce back Tuesday when it hosts Mill River.