Archive | December, 2012

Motor City Roundball Day Four Recap

31 Dec

Melvindale ABT 67 vs. Windsor (ON) Catholic Central 61– The Gators received balanced scoring throughout their whole roster, as they had five players score double digits.  Terron Ramsey led ABT in scoring with 16 points, while grabbing seven rebounds.  Also for the Gators Claude Lewis III and Lavail Russell chipped in with ten points each.  The Comets of CC struggled on offense throughout much of the second half.  Mychal Mulder tallied a game high 20 points for CC.

Davison 31 vs. Detroit King 72– The Crusaders of Martin Luther King took advantage of Davison for a 72-31 game.  This game was only in question for King when it was 0-0 with eight minutes to go in the first quarter.  Any observer could tell that once King got on a 9-2 run in the first three minutes of the game, it was over.  Dayvon Austin took home the MVP for the Crusaders with 17 points and seven rebounds.  Austin is a 6’3″ forward who plays much more  like a 6’7″ wing.  Despite his size, he likes to bang down low and is successful in doing so.

Inkster 55 vs. Detroit Renaissance 57– Inkster will give some people a scare this year.  When Inkster has the combination of a sharpshooter like Deaven Hansbro, who shot 33% in this game, to go along with 6’8″ big man Donnell Jarmon, that is one lethal combination.  Jarmon led Inkster in scoring with 18 points and grabbed five rebounds.  The thing about Jarmon is that is super athletic.  He can out muscle you for a ball or sky above you for it.  If this kid develops a low post game, he will definitely be one to reckon with from colleges.  Clark Bishop won the MVP for Renaissance scoring 25 points and grabbing seven rebounds.

Detroit Douglass 36 vs. Chicago Orr 47– Douglass’ offense just seemed to die off in the second half.  As they only accounted for 17 total second half points.  Orr’s offense was not that much better, but once again, Tyquone Greer led the Spartains this time, coming up one rebound shy of a double-double.  Greer tallied 23 total points, and pulled down nine rebounds.  I am telling you, this kid can play.  He told me that he already has offers from some division one teams.

Chicago Hyde Park 80 vs. Toledo Rogers 62– The defending Toledo City League champions Rogers dug themselves into a deep hole when they trailed 25-11 after one quarter of play that they could not get themselves out of.  The front court of Hyde Park was the difference in this game.  Having to deal with the loss of 6’8″ Moshawn Thomas, who is one of the most feared big men in Chicago,  Jacob Taylor and Tory Mason stepped up in the loss of Thomas.  Taylor took home the MVP scoring 25 points for Hyde Park, while Mason contributed a double-double dropping 20 points, and bringing down 12 rebounds.

Gary (IN) 54 vs. Detroit Southeastern 60– The visitors from the city of Michael Jackson’s hometown fought valiantly on the road against Southeastern.  But were not able to come out with the victory.  Leonard Harper-Baker recorded 15 points for Southeastern, which helped him take home the MVP of the game.

Harper Woods Chandler Park Academy 60 vs. Detroit Pershing 70– The premier game of the day featured two of the state’s top point guards in Derrick Walton for Chandler Park and Kahlil Felder for Pershing.  Pershing is once again stacked with talent.  Martez Walker contributed with 23 points for the Doughboys.  And oh yeah that Felder guy, he scored 24 and get this, pulled down 13 rebounds.  13 rebounds, I thought 13 assists would  have been more likely for a 5’10” guard, he still did manage to get three assists.  Derrick Walton finished up with 21 points and five assists for the Eagles.  Pershing is once again scary this year, once they get Justin Tillman back from an injury, their defense will be able to stop any big man that will come in their way.

Motor City Roundball Classic Day Three Recap

31 Dec

Oak Park 37 vs. Lincoln 32– In a very sloppy game, the Knights of Oak Park did just enough to build a lead that was able to sustain a Lincoln comeback.  Stephon Williams of Oak Park won the MVP scoring nine points, and grabbing seven total rebounds.

Canton 49 vs. Cincinnati Withrow 60– No one at the tournament could match the skill and craftiness of Withrow’s Tim Coleman.  The senior finished up with 31 points, five assists, and 3 rebounds.  He can take a game over whenever he wants to, because of the fact that he has handles.

Pontiac 90 vs. Schoolcraft 62– Pontiac took down a team that won a state title two years ago because of the dynamic duo of guard Dijon Cogdill and wing Jarod Jones.  Cogdill did just about everything for Pontiac, score 27 points, grab five rebounds and dish out five assists.  Jones on the other hand, is an athletic wing man who can provide highlight dunks and keep defenders honest with his j.  Jones finished up with 17 points, four rebounds and four assists.  Watch out for Pontiac this year.  They will surprise some people come playoff time.

Harper Woods Chandler Park 78 vs. Chicago Hyde Park 69– The state’s top ranked point guard in Derrick Walton, only recorded four points in the first quarter, which resulted in Hyde Park grabbing an early 19-13 lead after a quarter of action.  But in the second is where Derrick blossomed, scoring points and dishing out assists to get his team only down by two at the half.  But in the end, Chandler Park and Walton were just too much for Hyde Park.  Walton finished up with 32 points, nine assists, and six rebounds.  Hyde Park junior guard Marcus Smith led the team in scoring with 26 points.

Chicago Orr 61 vs. East English Village 54– The other team from the Chicago, Orr, has two fine junior guards in Louis Adams and Tyquone Greer.  Adams is an athlete who accounted for a highlight dunk or two, he can also shoot the rock from beyond the arch as well.  Greer, is a 6’7″ long armed wing, who can bang inside with the big boys, but keeps them honest with his jump shot.  Senior Antoine Benford led East English going 8-13 from the field for 18 points.  Benford is also a beast on the glass, pulling down ten rebounds for the Bulldogs.

Detroit Country Day 80 vs. Bowling Green (OH) 51– The Wisconsin commit for Bowling Green, Vitto Brown, was never able to get going offensively for Bowling Green because of the defensive performance of the game MVP Poet Thomas of Country Day.  Poet scored nine points, and grabbed six rebounds in the winning effort.  Edmund Sumner of DCD added twenty points in the winning effort.  Sumner is lightning quick out there, and he is not to bad an athlete.

Renaissance Day Two Recap

29 Dec

East English 71 vs. L’Anse Cruese 43– When English got off the a 7-0 start in the first minute of the game, you could tell it was all over.  In that first quarter, the Bulldogs led 27-5, and sailed to rest of the way for the victory.  Senior Antoine Benford and junior Marqywell Jackson each added 24 points for the Bulldogs.

Douglass 67 vs. Harper Woods 40– Douglass used their athleticism and toughness on defense to contain Harper Woods throughout the entire game.  It seemed as if the game was only competitive when the score started at 0-0.  Leading the Hurricanes in scoring were Davvi Bradley with 16, jr. Terrell Hales added 12, and standout jr. Darrell Davis contributed  11.

Southfield 68 vs. Renaissance 62– The Blue Jays of Southfield took on the host team for the tournament, the Phoenix of Renaissance.  The game was relatively competitive throughout much of the first half.  But in the third, fortunes changed to the Phoenix as Southfield took a commanding 52-43 lead after three.  But in the fourth was when Renaissance turned it their defensive intensity, creating turnovers which helped them cut the lead down to two.  But Renaissance was never abled to get over the hump, as Southfield hit their free-throws to close out the game.  Clark Bishop added 26 points for the Phoenix.

Pershing 57 vs. Community 55– I’ll take you to the last couple of minute in this game because this is where the fun happened.  Throughout the whole game, no team seemed to have any advantage.  But in the second half, something just happened to Community, their defense was holding Pershing and they scored when they needed to.  The Hurricanes held a six point lead with 3:55 left to go in the game.  With under a minute to play, senior point guard Kahlil Felder stepped up and made a crucial jumper to put Pershing up one with 29 seconds left.  Pershing would then hit two three throws to extend their lead to three.  Commnunity would have one final chance to tie the game.  Bo Zeigler was fouled on Community’s next possession, down by three and was on his way to the free-throw line.  Zeigler hit the first shot, and purposely missed the second one hoping a teammate would tip in the final shot.  Community did get the ball back, but a floater was off the mark, giving Pershing the win.  Senior Doughboy stars Martez Walker finished with 21 points and five rebounds, Kahlil Felder finished with 16 points and six rebounds.  Community was led by Zeigler’s 15 points and six boards, while Jerrell Martin paced Community with 21 points for himself.

Interview with Darrell Davis

25 Dec

Darrell Davis is one of the top juniors in the State of Michigan.  He is a combo guard who can shoot and pass the rock.  Davis is expected to have a fabulous season this year not only for himself, but for his team, the Douglass Hurricanes.

Interview with Clemmye Owens V

25 Dec

Clemmye Owens V is one of the top shooting guards in Ohio.  He can shoot the three at will, and also showed some quickness in transition against Chandler Park.  Clemmye has signed to play with Bethune-Cookman for college, along with his current point guard, Tony Kynard II.

Interview with EC Matthews

25 Dec

I consider EC a combo guard.  He has the handles to be a point guard, and he is also a above average shooter.  He has decided to continue his college career at Rhode Island next year, and what a special treat it will be for the Rams.

Interview with Wes Clark

25 Dec

Missouri commit Wes Clark does more than just score, he is a lockdown defender.  Against Community, Wes did not put up the offensive we are used to seeing from him, but he played with passion on the defensive end.  He is well off on his way toward having a successful senior season.

Interview with Miroslav Jaksic

24 Dec

Miroslav Jaksic is a center on Walled Lake Western who has completely dominated some games this year.  He is a big man who is not slow for his size and has some nice athleticism.

Interview with Mychal Mulder

24 Dec

Mychal Mulder is small forward who has all of the skills to achieve at the next level.  He can shoot, dribble, and defend.  A true playmaker.

Romulus Classic Day Two Recaps

24 Dec

The second day of the Romulus Holiday Hoops Classic proved to be another day of exciting high school basketball.

Detroit Catholic Central 60 vs. Ypsilanti Lincoln 41– The Lincoln Railsplitters stood no match for the defending Catholic League champions, CC.  CC took advantage of many Railsplitters mistakes and led comfortably throughout the entire second half.  Mitch Katkic scored 17 for the Shamrocks.

Gibraltar Carlson 58 vs. Belleville 41– The Tigers of Belleville have some pretty talented  athletes.  But Carlson proved to be the much tougher team.  A ballgame where both offenses struggled in the first quarter, the play of senior Daton Aaron for Carlson proved to be the difference.  He is a magician with the ball in his hand, and when you pair him up with big man Kaylyn Erwin, you have a dangerous combination.  Aaron finished up with 18 points for Carlson.

Ontario CC 51 vs. Ann Arbor Skyline 44– Mychal Mulder proved to be an all around player for CC today, he scored 11, got 12 rebound, and recorded four blocks.  This game was not the prettiest of games but still proved to be an interesting one.  CC pushed their lead out to double digits a couple of times, but in the third was when Skyline made their comeback.  Down only two at 34-32 at the beginning of the 4th, Skyline would not give up.  But in the end, Skyline made some key turnovers, resulting in the loss.

Toledo Rogers 73 vs. Chandler Park Academy 78– The defending Toledo City League champions Rogers took their show north of the Ohio Border to take on Michigan commit Derrick Walton Jr. and the Chandler Park Eagles.  The Eagles went on a 8-2 run in the first three minutes of the ball game, and ended up taking a 20-14 lead after run.  It looked like as if Chandler Park was about to blow the Rams out early.  Not so fast, this is when Bethune-Cookman signee Clemmye Owens V took over, hitting some crucial threes and somewhat slowing down Walton and the Eagles to go down only seven at half.  Things got interesting in the fourth, Rogers was able to take a lead by one with about 1:40 left.  But the Eagles saved their best for last, Walton hit all his three throws down the stretch to preserve the victory.  Walton finished up with 38 points, eight assists, nine rebounds, and five steals.

Detroit Southeastern 60 vs. Ann Arbor Pioneer 62– Pioneer pulled of the upset over DPS power Southeastern.  Jibreel Hussein added 24 points and  Tevis Robinson scored 12.  Jump shooting killed Southeastern in this game.  Most of their points came in the paint, they need to become a more balanced team if they wish to compete in the city this year.

Detroit Douglass 54 vs. Romulus 77– The final game of the classic turned out the same way the previous nights final game did, a convincing win for the Romulus Eagles.  This one started out like it would be all Eagles, jumping out to a 14-4 run midway through the first and a 27-14 lead at the end of one.  In the second quarter, Douglass jr. guard Darrell Davis went out with an injury resulting in the flow of the Hurrican offense to diminish.  However, the Hurricanes were only down by five at the half.  Romulus gained a double digit lead at the end of three and sailed the rest of the way to 23 point advantage.  12 different players on the Eagles scored.  EC Matthews scored 17, while senior Jalon Plummer added 16, and Wes Clark contributed 14 points in the winning effort.

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