TRAVERSE CITY — The season didn’t start off the way Greg Immink had hoped.
He aims to correct that soon.
Traverse City West dropped its boys basketball season opener 56-42 to Midland at home Tuesday, trailing by as much as 20 points.
“Obviously, it wasn’t the result we were all hoping for,” said Immink, who made his West coaching debut. “Midland’s a very good team. They gave us some fits defensively. We had a little bit of difficulty scoring. That’s something we’ll correct this week and we’ll be better next time.”
West played evenly with the Chemics for much of the first quarter, starting with a Stephan Sheppard 3-pointer to give the Titans an early 3-0 lead and a Trevor Goudey put-back to pull within 10-9 with 3:42 left in the first.
But until a Sheppard jumper with a minute left stemmed the run, Midland extended its lead to 17-9.
“They have good size — thick, athletic kids,” Immink said. “They gave us some trouble inside. Any time you get beat by double digits, there’s things to work on. And we have a lot of those.”
A Sheppard triple and an Alex Scott driving layup drew the Titans within two at 18-16 before Midland pulled away on back-to-back threes by Will Williams and Jacob Dostal.
“I thought we got some good shooting from a couple of our guys,” Immink said. “We moved the ball pretty well. We had a little bit of stagnant offense there for a little while that really hurt us. Defensively, there’s some things to work on. We have to rebound better. That’s how you end every possession — you get the ball. And we didn’t get it enough.”
Sheppard led West with 16 points, with Tristan Roman adding seven and Deion Dyal five. K.J. Sayer grabbed five rebounds and Jake Cerny blocked two shots.