Archive | January, 2015

Detroit Community Holds Off Arbor Prep 63-56

31 Jan

photo-5It’s an opportunity Detroit Community senior point guard Kyrhal Hunt has been waiting for the last two weeks.  A chance to play.

Hunt sustained an injury in Community’s 61-57 loss to Metro League rival River Rouge on January 14th.  In Hunt’s absence, the Hurricanes went 2-1, but suffered a crushing setback to Detroit Edison on Wednesday.

Fueled by a desire to reunite with his teammates, Hunt had to prove to himself, and even his coaches, he was able to play at a high level in the Hurricanes’ victory against Ypsilanti Arbor Prep.

“My coach thought I wasn’t ready to play yet,” Hunt said.  “I just tried to prove to my coach that I was ready to get back on the court and lead my team to a win.”

Hunt, came off the bench, and made his presence known later in the game.

In the first half, threes were flying for both teams.  Community had five, and Arbor Prep had four within the first six minutes for their opening 12 points.  However, Community was able to build a commanding 39-28 lead at intermission on the play of 6’6″ forward Demario Mack.  Mack, a versatile inside-outside presence, scored 14 in the opening half of action, and recorded 5 rebounds.

“Demario Mack is a huge piece to our team,” Hunt added.  “He’s a beast on the glass.”

The Hurricane onslaught continued in the early second half.  Dominating the paint and getting a hand on loose balls and every rebound, Community would hold their largest lead of the contest with 3:44 left in the third at 45-30.  Yet, it would happen again.  Hunt would take an awkward fall after a foul, and left the game late in the third with an apparent calf injury.

Hunt and Community’s resilience would once again be tested.  Arbor Prep mounted a comeback spanning from the beginning of the fourth to 6:20 left to put the Gators down six.  Hunt would return and hit two crucial pull up jump shots to keep the Gators at bay down eight with 4:54 remaining.  Arbor Prep would keep the deficit under ten for the rest of the fourth.  Senior guard Adrian Harrison would connect on two threes to place Arbor Prep down 55-52 with 1:58 left in the game.

It would be Community’s turn to respond.  At 1:35, Hunt held the ball at the top of the key, he attempted to throw a pass, unfortunately the ball was deflected and Hunt was forced to retrieve the ball in the Community backcourt.  On this potentially disastrous play, Arbor Prep would’ve had the ball down only three.  However, Hunt found the ball, and threw and perfect full-court pass to teammate RJ Smith for an and-one layup to place Community up six with 1:18 left.

Arbor Prep was unable to respond to the game changing play by Hunt. Demario Mack and Jimere Thomas would hit four free-throws with under a minute away to seal the win for Community.

“We played hard and as a team.” Hunt went onto say. “They were making some big shots.  We just got back on defense and played hard.”

“I wouldn’t trade my team for anything.”

Mack would lead Community with 17 points and nine rebounds, Hunt added 11 points, five in the second half, and three assists, and Demario Turner contributed ten points.

Michael Donatelli led Arbor Prep with 17 points and six rebounds, and Adrian Harrison scored 14 points and three assists.

Community improves to 10-3, while Arbor Prep falls to 7-6.  The performance for Community is what Hunt would label a “team win.”  But Hunt would also say the Hurricanes aren’t flawless.  Kyrhal said the team needs to avoid lapses on offense, and limit turnovers.  The Hurricanes are only two years removed from playing for a Class B state championship, and Hunt believes his team has the opportunity to compete for hardware again.

“We have all the pieces to win a state championship in class B.”  “We have alot of things we need to work on, and that’s going to be expected.”

“We also like being the under dogs, that make us work harder.”





Anderson’s Juwan Graham Leads Titans To 49-33 Victory Over Melvindale

30 Jan

When a teammate goes down, another must step up.

Southgate Anderson senior guard Juwan Graham fulfilled that statement against Downriver League rival Melvindale.

When fellow senior DeJon Matthews left the game early in the second quarter with an apparent leg injury, Graham led the Titans with a game high 20 points.

Graham a 5’7″ combo guard, scored 14 points in the first half, and nine in the second quarter to give Anderson a nine point advantage heading into the locker room.

“I started making some shots early in the game,” Graham said.  “And forced the defense to key on me which allowed open look for my teammates.”

Defense played an important role in Anderson’s victory as well.  Whether Melvindale was off, or Anderson’s defensive strategies were stellar, the Cardinals only managed to score 15 total first half points.  Melvindale stud sophomore Koby Boyton scored a team high 15 points, on 5-19 shooting from the floor.

“Just to match their intensity,” Graham said was a factor in the Titan defensive game plan.  “Pressure the ball to cause turnovers.  We knew Kobe Boyton was their scorer, so we tried to limit his touches.”

Graham would handle a facilitator role in the second half.  Melvindale attempted to force other Titan’s to beat them, and for Anderson, the team did not revolve around Juwan.

Senior guard Trey Harris added four and forward Joe Galetto scored six in the second half for Anderson to lead at times by 19 points.  The closest Melvindale would shrink the defecit to was 14 points, but Graham added four free-throws in the fourth quarter to seal any hopes of a Cardinal comeback.

The win for Anderson positions themselves into third place in the Downriver League with a record of 5-3 in conference play, only 1.5 out of first.  Next week will be crucial if the Titans wish to capture the conference crown, with games against fourth place Carlson and first place Taylor Kennedy.

Graham is opportunistic about where his team is at and headed.

“My team and our coach feel this could be our year for a league title,” Graham added.

“Next week, we really have the opportunity to make a statement in the league and achieve our goals.”



Prep Ball Review Episode Four

29 Jan

Episode four of the Prep Ball Review features an interview with U of D Jesuit junior guard Cassius Winston, a discussion on important transfer, answer submitted questions, and post game predictions on Southfield vs. West Bloomfield, Rochester Adams vs. North Farmington, Cass Tech vs. Renaissance, and Detroit Community vs. Arbor Prep.

Western Defeats Henry Ford 72-55 On Impressive Three Point Shooting

28 Jan

To say Detroit Western is talented would be an understatement.  Yet the ability to win when one if not two key pieces do not play or meet their usually standards separate good teams from great teams.

And Western wants to be a great team.

Detroit Western improved to 11-0 overall and 7-0 in DPS play following a 72-55 victory Tuesday over Detroit Henry Ford.  However, senior guard Josh McFolley played sparingly with a stomach virus.  The U of D Mercy commit went 0-6 from the field, and received no playing time in the fourth quarter. Josh recorded 21 points in the team’s win over East English Village last Friday.  Fellow senior and U of D Mercy commit Gerald Blackshear did not play or seen on the bench with a reported tooth injury.  The 6’8″ Blackshear scored 14 points and recorded 14 rebounds in the EEVP game.

The Cowboys would lead 14-8 after the first eight minutes after junior guard Kareem Murray tallied seven points.  The pivotal moment of the first half occurred when fellow junior guards Armani Tinsley and Kyree Boyton entered the game.  The two accounted for five of the Cowboys’ seven second quarter threes, Kyree with two and Armani with three.  Western was able to stretch their halftime advantage to 39-20.

“I dont think that was part of the plan,” said Tinsley following the game regarding the three-point shooting.  “But you always have to be ready for change-ups, and they also played that zone so we were pretty happy that they did that.   All we had to do was penetrate and kick to the open guy and hit our shots, they made our job easy.”

Ford would fight in the third, closing the deficit to ten with 1:06 left in the quarter, capping a 6-0 run which included a thunderous slam from Western Michigan bound senior Josh Davis.  The Cowboys would respond with an 11-3 run behind an effective five guard lineup at times over the next four minutes into the fourth quarter to coast for victory.

“This one today made a huge statement,” Tinsley said.  “Henry Ford is like our rivals so getting this win was very important to the team.”

Ford’s Davis was held to 13 points on 3-11 shooting.  Trojan point guard and division one recruit James Towns also found his difficulties with the Cowboy defensive plan, a season low four points on 2-5 shooting.

Brailen Neely has been the Cowboy leading scorer throughout much of the early season, he contributed 24 points, and four rebounds.  Kareem Murray had 15 points, but Armani Tinsley and Kyree Boyton both came off the bench for 11 and 16 points respectively.

“Me and Ree (Kyree), we are just always ready when our number is called,” said Tinsley.  “So we got the job done.”

Western has been considered a top five team since the preseason and are currently the number one team in the state.  The Cowboys have only played one game truly as a whole, and Armani doesn’t even think they have all “gelled” yet.  Not the words opposing teams want to hear from an undefeated squad.

“I think the ceiling is high for this team,” Tinsley added.  “Everyone expects to win, and we are not clicked just yet, we’re almost there but a couple more days or games with McFolley and Gerald, then we’ll be where we need to be as one whole.”



Great Games January 26th-31st

26 Jan

Monday January 26th

Detroit Loyola @ Ann Arbor Gabriel Richard 7:00 PM

Tuesday January 27th

Detroit Henry Ford @ Detroit Western 7:00 PM

Ypsilanti Community @ Ann Arbor Pioneer 7:00 PM

Adrian Lenawee Christian @ Detroit Consortium 7:00 PM

Harper Woods Chandler Park @ Old Redford 7:00 PM

Hudsonville @ East Kentwood 7:00 PM

Grosse Pointe South @ Mt. Clemens 7:00 PM

Michigan Collegiate @ Southfield Bradford 7:00 PM

U of D Jesuit @ Warren De La Salle 7:30 PM

Davison @ Flint Southwestern 7:30 PM

Saginaw @ Saginaw Arthur Hill 7:30 PM

Wednesday January 28th

Detroit Community @ Detroit Edison 6:30 PM

Thursday January 29th

Rochester Hills Stoney Creek @ Auburn Hills Avondale 7:00 PM

Southfield @ Bloomfield Hills 7:00 PM

Rochester Adams @ North Farmington 7:00 PM

Friday January 30th

Detroit Cesar Chavez @ Detroit Edison 6:30 PM

Dexter @ Ann Arbor Huron 7:00 PM

Ypsilanti @ Ann Arbor Skyline 7:00 PM

Old Redford @ University Prep 7:00 PM

Plymouth @ Livonia Churchill 7:00 PM

Warren Mott @ Macomb Dakota 7:00 PM

Harper Woods Chandler Park @ Southfield Bradford 7:00 PM

Detroit Community @ Ypsilanti Arbor Prep 7:00 PM

Saturday January 31st 

Grand Rapids Union @ Grand Rapids Ottawa Hills 3:00 PM

Wayland Union @ Detroit Country Day 4:00 PM



First Annual Coaches Against Violence Review

25 Jan

3L9A6857On behalf of Detroit Westside Christian head coach Greg Boler, The Prep Ball Report would like to thank all schools, players, coaches, parents, and fans who participated in the first annual Coaches Against Violence Invitational.  We would also like to send kind regards to our gracious hosts, Southfield Bradford Academy.  From 12 AM to 10 PM, five competitive games were played and accounted for a tremendous post-holiday basketball showcase atmosphere.  The defending Class C state champions made an appearance, and a new member of the 1,000 point club was admitted.

Game Results

Detroit Public Safety 38 Taylor Prep 19 (Girls)

Detroit Public Safety 62 Taylor Prep 29

Detroit Collegiate Prep-Northwestern 65 Southfield Bradford 49

Detroit Consortium 59 Farmington 49

Detroit Allen Academy 92 Detroit Westside Christian 68


Guards, guards, and more guards.

On the day, the Coaches Against Violence Invitational witnessed three stellar performances by guards from the City of Detroit.

3L9A6613The four o’clock game featured a breakout performance from Northwestern junior guard Terrance Sewell (pictured left).  Sewell stands 6’3,”and already has the presence and build of a college level athlete.  Terrance was not hesitant when he received a pass, he took the ball straight to the rim and finished strong with defenders repeatedly draped on him.  His points either came within five feet of the basket or at the free-throw line.  Yet, Sewell not once committed a charge or offensive turnover, he knows when to attack and read situations.  Sewell also had the highlight of the event, a flying alley-oop which brought the fans to their feet.  Sewell accumulated a game high 25 points, and nine rebounds.  Defended both forwards and guards efficiently throughout the day.

In the night cap of the day, fans were treated to an entertaining showdown between two of Detroit’s best point guards, Allen Academy’s Jason Williams and Westside Christian’s DeShawn Brocks (pictured top first).  For Brocks, he needed only 25 points to become a 1,000 point career scorer, and he exceeded that margin, pouring in a team high 38 points.  He’s a lefty, shifty, quick yet strong ball handler, and shot creator for himself anywhere on the court.  Brocks drew fouls in the paint, converted on high-difficulty isolation midrange pull-ups, and hit three threes on the day.

3L9A6798His counterpart, Williams (pictured left), matched his former AAU teammate with 38 points, but contributed eight rebounds, and five assists.  In a span of 4:30 seconds left, Williams scored a total of 15 points, and 27 overall in the second half.  Williams’ offensive game is centered around his quick first step, creating separation from defenders and getting in the paint.  Many of his points came from the mid-range department, floaters, and runners.  On the defensive side of the floor, however, Williams has quick hands that allow him to force turnovers, six of them on the night.

Consortium Shows Toughness In Tough Victory

3L9A6722-2The defending Class C state champions have had to adjust to two changes from a year ago, the departure of Josh Jackson, and a transition from Class C to B.  Yet, the Cougars find themselves with a 6-2 record with their two losses against Class A top 25 teams U of D Jesuit and Rochester Adams.

In the Cougars’ latest victory, Consortium trailed throughout much of the game against Farmington.  Coach Tobias Tuomi found his spark in 6’0″ senior Larry Williams.  Williams erupted for ten second half points and five within the final 4:39 seconds of the fourth to give the Cougars the separation needed to win an old-fashioned slug out.

Fellow senior Mykel Tyson (pictured) was also effective for the Cougars.  Tyson’s first basket didn’t come until deep in the second quarter, but somehow and someway, Mykel managed to finish with a team high 16 points and six rebounds, including the go-ahead score midway through the fourth.  Tyson is currently one of Michigan’s best remaining low-post senior options.

Junior point guard Charles Figueroa connected on four free throws to end hopes of a Falcon comeback.

Public Safety Shows Promise In Onslaught Of Taylor Prep

3L9A6595Detroit Public Safety is in their second season of varsity competition.  The Class D charter school sits in the city’s historic Corktown neighborhood, with an enrollment of barely 150.  With no senior on the roster, let alone a senior class in the school, the Eagles are a primarily a sophomore/junior laden team.  6’0″ junior shooting guard DeMario Sanders led the Eagles with 18 points, including three threes. 6’4″ sophomore guard Michael Smith had been averaging double figure scoring totals in games prior, but recorded only eight points.  Regardless, Smith found other ways to succeed.  He’s long, lanky, and a reliable facilitator with size for the position.  Smith corralled a team high 12 rebounds, assisted on four scores, and stole three Tiger passes.

DPSA had at least six players score six points.  Aside from Smith, the most complete stat line went to Eddie Rhodes, a 6’4″ powerfully built junior.   Rhodes tallied six points, 11 rebounds, three blocks, three steals, and two assists.

DPSA will not be eligible for playoff contention in 2014-2015.  However, with a young nucleus that will have played with each other for at least three years, the Eagles are a program to take notice next year and in the future of Detroit city basketball.

Other Individual Standouts On The Day

3L9A6703Jordan Graham (pictured) 6’4″ guard Farmington- Smooth and skilled wing.  Gets to the basket off the bounce, and solid mid-range game.  Promising defender.  Scored 14 points, and recorded seven rebounds.

Jawan Snoddy 6’3″ guard Allen Academy- Snoddy had arguably the best game he played all year for the Wildcats, with 15 points, and nine rebounds.  Often the tallest player on the court for Allen, it will be interesting to see when Snoody transitions to his more natural position of wing when 6’7″ junior Danny Pippen returns from injury.

Kylard Shipp guard Northwestern

Marvin Stewart guard Westside Christian



Western Tops East English In PSL Showdown 78-71

24 Jan

Basketball is a game of runs, such was the case when the Western Cowboys and EEVPA Bulldogs squared off on Friday afternoon. Both teams came into the game playing high-level basketball, and each would get significantly better before the game tipped off.

Every year transfer students shake up the basketball landscape. This game featured three of them who all made a huge impact in the game.

For Western, Josh McFolley and Gerald Blackshear both made their season debuts. McFolley struggled in the early going starting the game 0-6 from the field, but his teammates picked it up as Western led 16-15 after one.

The second quarter involved fast paced basketball, and several lead changes. However, EEVPA was able to pull away towards the end of the quarter behind multiple three pointers from guards Kamari Newman and Greg Elliot. The Bulldogs went into the half with a 38-30 lead.

Kamari Newman came out of the locker room with a scoring mindset, as he hit a triple and extended EEVPA’s lead to 13. Despite being down 13 points, Western stuck with it and kept fighting.

“Coach told us we have to slow the game down and take it one possession at a time,” senior Aaron Austin said.

That is exactly what the Cowboys did, chipping away at the Bulldog lead. Their run was sparked behind spectacular three point shooting from Josh McFolley. McFolley made three triples, all of which were from about NBA range.

EEVPA kept battling with Western matching them point for point.  Until the end of the third quarter when the Cowboys were able to grab the 52-21 lead.

Both teams matched each other until Greg Elliot hit a triple from the corner to give EEVPA the 58-57 lead with about six minutes remaining in the game, Western called a timeout. After the time out, Western took the lead and never looked back.  EEVPA would keep it close, but excellent free throw shooting down the stretch from the Cowboys iced the game, and gave them the 78-71 victory.

Josh McFolley scored 21 points. Fellow seniors Gerald Blackshear, and Aaron Austin added superb performances. Blackshear had 14 points and 14 rebounds in his debut, and Austin added 16 points, and stellar defense on Kamari Newman.

“From the time that we walked into the gym, all that was on my mind was guarding Kamari,” Austin added.

For EEVPA, Kamari Newman had 19 points and seven rebounds, while Greg Elliot and Jaylin McFadden added 14 points each.

Both of these teams are expected to make deep runs in the state tournament this March, and each has the firepower to win a state championship.

Contributed by Christian Crittenden (@chris_critt)

Loyola Junior Dequan Powell Comes Up Big IN 65-62 Win Over Notre Dame Prep

24 Jan

photo-4In high school sports, moments occur which bring schools, fans, teams, and communities together for a common purpose.

Detroit Loyola led Pontiac Notre Dame Prep 41-24 with 5:35 seconds remaining in the third quarter.  Yet, Notre Dame never ceased.

Sophomore point guard Tariq Derrickson would connect on three three-pointers to trim the Bulldog lead down to single digits within three minutes.  Derrickson missed six of his first seven shots he took on the night, but exploded for four three pointers in the third and 21 of his game high 27 points came in the second half.  Loyola however would still lead 44-39 with one quarter left.

The final 50 seconds of play saw two ties and three lead changes.  Derrickson hit an elbow jumper with four seconds remaining to knot the score at 62, but still time for the Bulldogs to make a move.  Senior Demarco Dickerson inbounded the ball to junior Dequan Powell, Powell would beat a corner double-team, took four dribbles, and rose up with a foot on the Notre Dame Prep side of half court for the game winner, a perfect bank shot off the white square. All in a matter of four seconds.

And was stampeded at half court by fans and players with arms of embracement.

“They say he was a sophomore,” Powell alluded to Derrickson after the game. “He had the mid-range on me to tie the score up, and all I was thinking I had to come back and make a play.”

“I just shot it up.”

Through seven games, Detroit Loyola ranked second in Class C, has won by an average margin of 14 points.  As Loyola transitions deeper into CHSL play, Powell believes the moments of adversity his team faced against Notre Dame Prep will only prepare his Bulldogs for the team’s ultimate goal, winning the conference championship.

“Huge (momentum wise), come back tomorrow next day for practice get better,” Powell added. “It’s all about getting better everyday.”

Powell contributed 15 points, five assists, four rebounds, and four steals.  Freshman backcourt mate Pierre Mitchell chipped in with 16 points, and senior Demarco Dickerson added 13 points and four rebounds.

Loyola improves to 8-2, while Notre Dame falls to 8-2.

Link to video of Dequan’s game winner. 

César Chávez Top Westside Christian 62-50

23 Jan

The term “big three” regarding basketball is synonymous with the NBA.  But César Chávez senior guard Robert Walton tends to believe otherwise.

Walton is a member of the Aztec Eagle “big three,” comprising of seniors Kylynn Willis, Marcellus Pittman, and Walton himself.  The “big three” have assisted in the Eagles amassing a record of 10-0 exactly halfway through the regular season after the team’s victory over Detroit Westside Christian 62-50.

“We worked hard, we pushed ourselves, we knew this was a big game,” Walton said after the win.  “We wanted to make a statement and let people know that Chávez is for real.”

The Aztec Eagles were nothing short of real at times during the game.  Leading by margins of at least 22 points at select courses of the game.

The “big three” accounted for 45 of the team’s points, and 17 rebounds for the Aztec Eagles.

Marcellus took the first half, scoring 14 of his team high 17 points in the first half to aid the Eagles in taking a 33-24 halftime advantage.

Rob would score eight points in a decisive third quarter in which Chávez would outscore Westside Christian 17-10, Walton finished with 14.

Not to be outdone was 5’9″ point guard Kylynn Willis.  Willis used his speed and and quickness all night to force six Warrior turnovers, and contributed 14 of his own points as well.

“Every game is our last,” according to Walton.  “We don’t get another year.”

Rob and Marcellus transferred to Chávez over the Summer from Oak Park.  Walton has adapted to a greater role than he has ever received at any stage of his basketball playing career.

“Being the team leader,” Walton mentioned as one of his responsibilities.  “Making sure all my teammates are working hard, and putting my teammates in a postion to win every night.”

It’s been quite a turn around for a team which last season lost a game by 51 points a year ago. Yet Walton is aware there are still those that doubt his Eagles. Walton will wait until the playoffs to silence the critics.

“Being 10-0 isn’t fluke, we worked and worked, we take all comers,” Walton added. “You don’t win 10 games off luck. If we haven’t been tested yet, we will show everyone in the playoffs.”


Clarkston Wins Thriller Over Oak Park 69-63

21 Jan

Oak Park had it perfectly laid out, play the fewest amount of games in order for six transfers to gain eligibility after Martin Luther King Junior Day before the team’s stiffest obstacle of the season, hosting undefeated Clarkston, ranked fourth in Class A.  Yet, the one thing the Knights could not plan for was Andrew Myers.

Myers is a 6’0″ senior point guard committed to Madonna (MI).  He has been on varsity since a freshman, and often takes the role as an extension of legendary Coach Dan Fife on the floor.  Andrew came away with 15 points, 10 assists, and five steals in a hard fought Clarkston victory, a win would give Coach Fife 616 overall.

Down, 56-53 with 14.2 seconds left, the first loss for the Wolves on the season seemed inevitable.  However, the execution for Clarkston was flawless in the final seconds.  Freshman Foster Loyer of Clarkston was fouled, he sank two free throws to put the Wolves down one.  Clarkston would then foul senior Howard McInnis of Oak Park leading by two with seven seconds left, and McInnnis would miss both.  Myers would receive the outlet, push the ball up the floor, got in the paint, and found Merrick Canada for a ten foot jump shot to send the game into overtime.

Clarkston would dominate the extra four minutes of overtime, connecting on all 10 free throw attempts the Wolves would make, Myers would lead the way with six.

“He never lets up on us,” Myers went onto say.   “He’s (Coach Fife) always practicing on us really hard so when we get in these types of situations, it’s easy. In practice, it’s way harder when he’s coaching.”

The comeback for Clarkston started in the fourth.  Oak Park junior Trevon Gardner would hit two consecutive jump shots and the Knights would build their largest advantage of the fourth quarter at five.  The Wolves would respond.  Sixth man Tabin Throgmorton, came off the bench to provide Clarkston with a team high 24 points, and would hit on consecutive triples to knot the game at 44.  Tabin would finish with four threes on the night, and the Wolves would hit three 3’s in the fourth to keep the game close and set up the series of events which would take place in the final seconds.

Oak Park’s combination of Kelvon Fuller and Rodney Scales owned the paint for the Knights at times in the game, Kelvon scored 22, and Rodney chipped in with 15.  The Knights had three players over 6’7″ play extensively, compared to Clarkston’s just one.  Ironically, Clarkston’s shortest player, freshman guard Foster Loyer who finished with 14, would be the team’s leading rebounder with nine.

“I wouldn’t say there was really any problems,” said Myers.  “(Coach) Fife is always preaching he’s been coaching for 33 years and said this is the not the first time we’ve had to guard guys bigger, so we believe in him. We just try to compete on both sides of the glass.”

The game was an OAA divisional crossover, the Wolves and Knights will only play one scheduled game this season.  But when Myers was asked if he plans on seeing the Knights sometime again, he responded “Oh yeah.”


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