BATH - Livonia ended Haverling’s three-game winning streak Saturday aided by a strong start in a 75-50 wire-to-wire victory in a Livingston County Athletic Conference boys basketball game.


The Bulldogs came out of the gates on fire, leading 16-2 just five minutes in -- routinely turning defensive rebounds into fast-break layups during the stretch.


Michael Bean netted six points in the run and Shawn Minnehan added four points.


“We just weren’t getting back,” Haverling head coach Bill Baker said about the fast break opportunities. “They’re fast. Our team is a little sick, and we just didn’t have enough energy to get back. They ran the fast break really well.”


Haverling closed the quarter on a 5-3 run aided by a triple from Bradley Pendle and a score from Justin Marshall to cut the lead to 19-7.


The Rams fell down 14 points after a jumper from Minnehan that gave the Bulldogs a 21-7 advantage in the opening minutes of the second quarter.


Haverling then went on a 11-5 run powered by five points from AJ Brotz that included a top-of-the-arc triple, along with four points from Jordon Deats, pulling the Rams to within 26-18 midway through the frame.


“The kids played really good defense there for a while,” said Baker. “I just think we ran out of gas. [It was] our third game of the week and our legs are a little tired.”


Eight points would be the closest the Rams would come to Livonia throughout the rest of the game.


The two squads played even through the rest of the half as the Bulldogs took a 33-24 lead into halftime.


Out of the break, Livonia took control.


The Bulldogs outscored the Rams 42-26 in the final 16 minutes including 22-8 out of halftime.


“You have to tip your hat to Livonia,” Baker said. “They played really well. Great coach and they play good defense. They are a solid team.”


Shawn Minnehan had eight of his game-high 22 points in the third quarter and added five more in the fourth. Alex Minnehan contributed six of his 16 points in the third as well for Livonia.


AJ Brotz netted 11 of his 16 points for the Rams in the second half including scoring six of Haverling’s eight total points in the third quarter. Marshall added 16 total points for Haverling and Deats had 10 points.


Despite the loss, Baker saw positives in the game.


“I think we had some good plays,” said Baker. “A couple of my players started taking the ball to the hoop and squaring up instead of just throwing it up. I was proud of that.”


Haverling falls to 9-9 while Livonia improves to 10-7 with the win.


The Rams will travel to 9-7 LeRoy in their next game Tuesday.