Archive | February, 2015

Michigan High School All-Star Game 2015

17 Feb

AS15_NewYorkCityThe All-Star game is an important day in the NBA season.  Although the State of Michigan limits all possibilities for an actual high school all-star game to occur, it’s entertaining to construct examples of what the event could look like.  I did my best to create a mock all-star game format with events from All-Star Saturday night, and an actual game with teams from east and west sides of Michigan.  The one rule is only juniors and seniors may play in the all-star game.  To come up with these lists was extremely difficult, it was literally splitting hairs to do so.  I know I am snubbing dozens of equally as talented players who in their own right are equally deserving of receiving a spot on the lists below.  But in a state as talented as Michigan is, it is inevitable.

Freshman vs. Sophomore Game

Freshman

Brandon Johns 6’7″ forward East Lansing

Zavon Godwin 6’4″ guard Roseville

Davian Williams 6’3″ guard Belleville

Foster Loyer 5’9″ point guard Clarkston

Elijah Collins 6’0″ guard U of D Jesuit

Jalen Tobias 6’5″ forward Detroit Renaissance

Thomas Kithier 6’7″ forward Macomb Dakota

David Dejulius 6’0″ point guard Detroit Edison

Quinn Blair 6’5″ forward Divine Child

Keyon Brown 6’0″ guard Detroit King

Shayne Scruggs 6’6″ forward Lansing Sexton

Pierre Mitchell 5’10” point guard Detroit Loyola

Sophomores

Brian Bowen 6’7″ forward Saginaw Arthur Hill

Xavier Tillman 6’7″ forward Grand Rapids Forest Hills Central

Matt Beachler 6’3″ guard Lowell

Jermaine Jackson Jr. 5’7″ point guard Macomb Dakota

Dylan Alderson 6’3″ guard Davison

Jamal Cain 6’5″ forward Detroit Cornerstone

Donatus Eke 6’7″ forward U of D Jesuit

Jaron Faulds 6’8″ forward Holt

Isaiah Livers 6’7″ forward Kalamazoo Central

Ronquavious Southward 5’11” guard Saginaw

James Beck 6’5″ wing Grand Rapids Ottawa Hills

Armonee Felder 5’10” point guard Detroit Pershing

Skills Challenge

Cassius Winston 6’0″ junior point guard U of D Jesuit

Chris Rollins 5’10” junior point guard Detroit East English Village

Shae Somers 6’0″ junior point guard Elk Rapids

LaMonta Stone 5’10” senior point guard River Rouge

Curtis Dawson 6’0″ junior point guard Benton Harbor

Latin Davis 5’10” senior point guard Milan

Malik Ellison 5’8″ sophomore point guard Flint Beecher

Andrew Myers 5’10” senior point guard Clarkston

James Towns 5’10” junior point guard Detroit Henry Ford

Jason Williams 5’10” junior point guard Detroit Allen Academy

Three Point Contests

Matt Beachler 6’3″ sophomore guard Lowell

Josh Davis 6’5″ senior wing Detroit Henry Ford

Spencer Littleson 6’3″ guard Rochester Adams

Jaton Gunn 6’2″ junior guard Benton Harbor

Eric Davis 6’4″ senior guard Saginaw Arthur Hill

Josh McFolley 6’0″ senior guard Detroit Western

Kamari Newman 6’3″ junior guard Detroit East English Village

Anthony Qasawa 6’4″ senior guard North Farmington

Marquel Ingram 6’2″ senior guard Detroit Pershing

Cameron Dalton 6’0″ senior guard Bloomfield Hills

Cassius Winston 6’0″ junior guard U of D Jesuit

Tabin Throgmorton 6’3″ junior guard Clarkston

Austin Levan 6’3″ senior guard Millington

Tariq Derrickson 5’10” sophomore guard Notre Dame Prep

Kyle Woodruff 6’2″ junior guard Holly

Dunk Contest

Jaylin Walker 6’2″ senior guard Romulus

Kharry Fanning 6’6″ senior forward Southfield

Dylan Alderson 6’3″ sophomore guard Davison

Brandon Childress 6’4″ senior guard Baldwin

Rob Edwards 6’3″ senior guard Detroit Cass Tech

Mikhail Myles 6’2″ senior guard East Lansing

Kelvon Fuller 6’7″ junior forward Oak Park

Stephen Umfress 6’2″ junior guard Monroe St. Mary

Jaylin McFadden 6’5″ junior forward Detroit East English

Carlo Marble 6’3″ junior guard Lansing Sexton

East vs. West All-Star Game

East

Cassius Winston 6’0″ junior guard U of D Jesuit

Justin Turner 6’3″ junior guard Detroit Renaissance

Eric Davis 6’4″ senior guard Saginaw Arthur hill

Nick Perkins 6’7″ senior forward Milan

Austin Davis 6’10” junior forward Onsted

Xavier Cochran 6’4″ senior guard Ann Arbor Huron

Trevor Manuel 6’10” senior forward Lansing Everett

Jeron Rogers 6’8″ senior forward North Farmington

Jaylin Walker 6’2″ senior guard Romulus

Josh McFolley 6’0″ senior guard Detroit Western

Latin Davis 5’10” senior guard Milan

Marquel Ingram 6’2″ senior guard Detroit Pershing

Michael Edwards 6’10” senior forward Westland John Glenn

Kamari Newman 6’3″ junior guard Detroit East English Village

Josh Davis 6’5″ senior guard Detroit Henry Ford

West

Dilon Aten 6’1″ senior guard Wayland Union

Deleon Brown 6’3″ senior guard Grand Rapids Christian

Deyonta Davis 6’10” senior forward Muskegon

Curtis Davison 6’0″ senior guard Grand Rapids Union

LJ James 6’8″ senior forward Wayland

Brent Hibbits 6’7″ senior forward Hudsonville

Corey Redman 6’4″ senior guard Boyne City

Delaney Blaylock 6’3″ senior guard Wyoming Godwin Heights

Seth Dugan 6’10” senior center Otsego

Devon Daniels 6’3″ junior guard Kalamazoo Central

Braden Burke 6’9″ junior center Stevensville-Lakeshore

Brandon Childress 6’4″ senior guard Baldwin

Tanner Eubank 6’3″ senior guard Paw Paw

Brad Brechting 6’11” senior center Cedar Springs

 

 

Great Games February 16th-21st

16 Feb

Tuesday February 17th

Detroit Allen Academy (8-7) @ Detroit Consortium (8-4) 7:00 PM

Outlook: A growing charter school rivalry in Detroit that has been relatively even the past four seasons.  Consortium defeated Allen last year in the Class C state playoffs.

Detroit Community (11-4) @ Detroit Cornerstone (7-4) 7:00 PM

Outlook: Community destroyed Cornerstone 78-45 January 6th.  But the Wolves did not have the services of junior Derrik Jamerson and sophomore Jamal Cain, two studs in their respective classes.

Haslett (12-3) @ Lansing Catholic (9-6) 7:00 PM

Outlook: CAAC crossover of first place teams.  This won’t be the last time these two meet before the season is over.

Hamtramck (10-2) @ Warren Michigan Collegiate (12-3) 7:00 PM

Collegiate has been a surprise thus far in Class C and in the Charter School League, while Hamtramck beat Class B top ten Detroit Community last Thursday.

Auburn Hills Avondale (12-3) @ West Bloomfield (13-1) 7:00 PM

Outlook: West Bloomfield sits atop the OAA Blue, with Avondale one game behind.  The Lakers beat Avondale 56-48 January 23rd.  However, Avondale has won six straight since then.

Thursday January 19th

Detroit Edison (11-3) @ Detroit Cornerstone (7-4) 5:30 PM

Outlook: The first of two meeting between these schools in the month of February.  Edison is predominantly underclassmen oriented, but have shown no signs of youth the past month, winning by an average margin of 15 their previous five games.

Detroit Allen Academy (8-7) @ University Prep (10-4) 7:00 PM

Outlook: Allen head coach Craig Covington has turned around his Wildcats from what was a disappointing 1-4 start into an above .500 squad, and will look to keep the momentum rolling as March comes closer.

Friday January 20th

Stevensville-Lakeshore (15-1) @ Benton Harbor (13-4) 7:00 PM

Outlook: After losing in late December, Lakeshore has won 12 in a row, including a 62-42 decision against the Tigers on January 16th.  First place will be on the line in the Southwest Conference West Division.

Salem (13-3) @ Plymouth (11-5) 7:00 PM

Outlook: The most intriguing game of the first round of KLAA playoff games.  Salem went 9-1 in the Kensington Central Division while Plymouth had a 6-4 record in the South.  Although Salem does have a better overall and league record, Plymouth will host.  Which in reality isn’t much of a home court advantage, the schools are less than half a mile apart.

Western (16-0) vs. Renaissance (11-6) 7:30 PM @ Calihan Hall

Outlook: It’s been quite a season for Renaissance.  On January 20th, the Phoenix found themselves 1-4 in league play.  Since then, Renaissance has won seven consecutive games.  Their opponent, Western, has had no troubles the entire year as a whole, much less the PSL.  The Cowboys defeated Renaissance 58-41 January 13th.  However, junior standout Justin Turner was recovering from an injury and senior guard Daryl Smith had not gained eligibility yet after transferring from Detroit Community.

Flint Northwestern (12-1) @ Flint Southwestern (10-4) 7:00 PM

Two Class B powers from Flint meet in what will be an important game for the Saginaw Valley South.  Northwestern has been a surprise the entire year, while Southwestern has rebounded from a 1-4 start, including an 11 point loss to Northwestern on December 18th, to win nine of ten games.

Pontiac (9-4) @ Oak Park (8-4) 7:00 PM

The OAA White is a three team race between Pontiac, Oak Park, and Troy Athens, all with records of 4-1 in league play.  Oak Park was projected to run and hide with the division in the pre-season.  Not to say the Knights have failed this expectation, Pontiac has surfaced from no where.  Led by one of the most respected coaches in Michigan, Ben Kelso, Pontiac defeated the Knights 60-49 on January 29th.

Lansing Everett (13-2) @ Grand Ledge (15-0) 6:00 PM

Outlook: The biggest game of the year in the CAAC Blue.  If Everett wins, it will force a tie a top the division and both teams will have records of 10-1 with the Vikings having two remaining divisional games against sub .500 teams.  A win for Grand Ledge would clinch at least a share of the division title.

Saturday February 21st

Monroe St. Mary (11-1) @ Milan (14-2) 6:00 PM

The highly anticipated Huron League showdown was delayed in early February.  Both were en route to an undefeated matchup.  However, St. Mary fell to Riverview February 6th by one point.  Because of the delay, these two will meet twice in a calendar week.  The next matchup will be Friday February 27th.

Brother Rice (11-4) vs. Notre Dame Prep (11-4) 5:30 PM @ Marian

Aside from identical records, both teams made statements in their respective divisions last week.  Brother Rice upended top 5 ranked U of D Jesuit, while Notre Dame Prep bettered top 25 Detroit Loyola.

 

 

Beecher Extends Winning Streak To Seven Following 60-43 Win Against River Rouge

14 Feb

photo-10Flint Beecher and River Rouge, two schools with celebrated basketball prestige and tradition.  The two programs have combined for 19 MHSAA state championships, River Rouge 14 and Beecher five.

Rouge and Beecher last met in the 2012 Class C quarterfinals, Beecher won 59-55 en route to a state championship.

The latest meeting was another Beecher victory, a 60-43 outcome in the Buccaneers favor.

“It’s great,” Beecher sophomore point guard Malik Ellison following the victory.  “It’s a good tune up game that’s going to lead us to the tourney in March.”

Ellison led Beecher in scoring with 18 points, ten in the first-half.

“I think I played well,” Malik added.  “I picked my spots on the court and made my teammates available to score.”

Beecher led 15-14 at the end of the first.  Rouge would lead 23-21 with 3:38 before half, the last Panther lead of the game.  The Bucs finished the half on a 11-4 spurt for a 32-27 half-time advantage.

Panther senior point guard LaMonta Stone entered the night having scored at least 30 points in the team’s previous two contests against Romulus and Consortium.  The 5’9″ floor general struggled to find any form of offensive rhythm.  After making his first two shots of the game, Stone would only shoot 3-14 from the field the remainder of the first.

The man primarily responsible for guarding Stone was the 5’8″ Ellison.

“We played our tempo,” Ellison said the key was to neutralizing Stone.  “And boxed out. These are things we focus on for every game.”

Stone continued to struggle in the second-half.  He shot only 2-11 from the field in the second-half.  Along with senior forwards Maurice Witherspoon and Jalin Gibson repeatedly in foul trouble, the Panthers could not find a reliable secondary scorer to compliment Stone.  Beecher took advantage of the situation and built a ten point lead entering the fourth quarter.

The Bucs would outscore the Panthers 12-5 to five in the fourth quarter.  Methodically running their offense, limiting turnovers, and receiving the coveted 50/50 balls, Beecher was able to secure a victory and end Rouge’s five game winning streak.

Stone led the Panthers in scoring, but on 7-27 from the floor, the only Panther in double figures.  Aside from Ellison, 6’2″ senior Cedric Moten added 17 points, and 13 rebounds for Beecher against a taller and athletic Panther front-court.

“Ced (Moten) plays hard every game,” Ellison would say about his teammate.  “He’s our scrapper and energy guy.  He plays a huge factor for us, and he is the reason we are where we are.”

The Bucs are currently 14-1, and had outscored the opposition on average 73-47 entering the game against River Rouge.  In a statement game against a Class B contender, Ellison wants Michigan to know Beecher might be Class C, but can compete with anyone in the state.

“We don’t want to just be number one in Class C,” Ellison stated.  “We want the whole state to know we can compete with any class in the state.”

Jamal Cain and Derrik Jamerson Team Up For Cornerstone To Better Ferndale University

13 Feb

photo-8In high school basketball, the odds of defeating a team twice are extremely low. Especially if the team has an entirely new makeup for the second time around.

Detroit Cornerstone Health and Technology avenged an 87-77 January 15th setback to Ferndale University with a 72-58 victory.

“It felt real good,” junior guard Derrik Jamerson said following the game. “Because I had to sit and watch the first time with out being able to help my team.”

More than half of the Wolves’ starting lineup did not play the first time Cornerstone and University met. Many transferred from Melvindale ABT to follow head coach Myke Covington, including the combination of Jamerson and sophomore forward Jamal Cain.

Cain and Jamerson accounted for 50 of the team’s 72 points.  Jamerson connected on at least one three pointer in every quarter, before finishing with seven all together.

“I just tried to make sure I got my shot up high in the air,” said Jamerson was the key to his shooting.

Jamerson had three 3s in the first quarter, and the Wolves opened up a 21-9 lead.

Ferndale University continued to struggle with Cornerstone’s trapping half court defense in the second quarter. Unable to find any continuity in their offense, the Eagles shot only 4-24 from the field in the first half. Cornerstone would lead 34-19 at half.

“The plan was the get the ball out of number three’s hands (senior point guard John Moore),” Jamerson said was the mindset going in. “And make his team make decisions.”

University woke up some to start the third, an 8-2 run in the first 2:24, yet was quickly thwarted away by Cain. Jamal scored 11 of his 23 points in the third, and a Derrik Jamerson three to conclude the third gave Cornerstone a 58-40 lead, their largest of the game.

“I think our combo is very hard to stop,” Jamerson said of him and Cain. “Because we are skilled, and yes I believe we have one the best combos in the state, but we also have a lot of work to do.”

The aforementioned Moore and junior Gehringer Ramirez attempted to provide resistance to the Wolves onslaught in the fourth. Moore would connect on back-to-back threes with 5:43 remaining to trim the deficit to nine. However, the Wolves would go on a 12-3 spurt spanning the next 3:16, capped off with a Jamal Cain fast break slam to put the icing on the cake for a Cornerstone victory.

Jamerson finished with a team high 27 points, senior point guard Tyreese Scales had 10 points and three assists, and Trey Burton added seven points and seven assists, Cain had 17 rebounds to go along with his 23 points.

Moore led University with 21 points, eight rebounds, and five assists. Ramirez contributed 11 points, and forward Marcus Davis scored 13 points, and hauled in 10 rebounds.

University falls to 10-3, while Cornerstone currently holds a record of 7-4. Cornerstone is in their first year of basketball competition, and per MHSAA rules, will not be allowed to participate in the March state tournament. The school could form into a perennial Class D contender, however, the program has other plans. As early as next season, Cornerstone might not be affiliated with the MHSAA, allowing the Wolves greater freedom in scheduling games, and distances to travel for contests, similar to a modern day prep school format. While it remains to be seen what the future holds for the Wolves, one thing is for certain, there is a growing power on the west side of Detroit.

Junior Class Leads East English Village Past Ford 72-65 In City Quarterfinals

12 Feb

photo-6Detroit East English Village is chartering into unknown territory. The school was formed as a merger of Finney and Crockett High Schools in the Fall of 2012. With East English’s victory over Detroit Henry Ford, the Bulldogs will play in the first PSL city semi-final in school history.

EEVP trailed 28-25 at halftime in an evenly matched contest. However, the Bulldog game plan would have to change. 6’3″ junior standout guard Kamari Newman took an awkward fall attempting to secure a rebound. Newman would be forced to leave the game with 7:38 seconds left in the third with his team trailing 30-25. Ford would make their move. Led by division one point guard James Towns, the Trojans would go on a 14-0 run over the next 2:23 and lead as large as 19 points at one point, Towns scored six in the third.

The Bulldogs needed to counter and quickly, and received it from the unlikeliest of sources. Junior guard Lamar Neely does not play the most minutes on a particularly deep Bulldog squad, but with the injury to Newman, Neely needed to make his presence felt.

“On the bench I was kind of nervous,” Neely said after the game. “But once I got in there the jitters went away.”

Neely and fellow junior guard Chris Rollins orchestrated the Bulldog comeback. Rollins connected on a three pointer to trim the Trojan lead to nine to ending the third. Rollins would continue his onslaught in the fourth, he scored seven points in the final stanza, and Neely launched a three pointer with 3:40 left to give the Bulldogs a 59-57 lead, capping off a 16-5 spurt in the fourth.

“I was real confident,” Neely said regarding the three pointer. “I’m not going to say I knew it was going in, but I was real confident.”

Neely scored all ten of his points in the second half. Ford knotted the score 61-61 after junior Jeremy Crawley sinked one of two free throws with under a minute to play. Bulldog junior Jaylin McFadden had a chance to win the game, but his contested five footer was off the mark. Overtime.

Overtime was all EEVP. The Bulldogs forced six Trojan turnovers, outscored Ford 11-4, and four different Bulldogs scored in the final four minutes of play, finishing the largest comeback in school history.

“Any team down by 19 most of the time they’re going to give up, think it’s over.” junior forward Jaylin McFadden commented after the game. “But the way our coaching staff is, we’re not allowed.”

McFadden did not start, he came off the bench and provided starters worthy minutes with 17 points and 10 rebounds, the fourth Bulldog in double figures for scoring, joining Chris Rollins (21 pts), the aforementioned Neely, and 6’5″ forward Cedric Lattimore (12 pts).

Newman did not play the majority of the third, entire fourth, and overtime session. McFadden alluded to Newman’s presence on the bench, even with his injury, as motivating to the team in moments of adversity. McFadden said he kept on pushing them, and were eventually able to get over the hump. But on a team as talented EEVP, it’s pick your poison according to Jaylin.

“It’s kind of hard,” McFadden said to key in on one player. “We all know our role, we are all trying to get it done for the same goal.”

The Village moves onto face Renaissance this Friday in the city semi-final. East English defeated Renaissance by two points on a last second shot January 20th. With a trip to Calihan on the line, the Bulldogs will not expect the Phoenix to lay down easily.

“They’re a hard team,” McFadden added. “Beat them by a buzzer last time, we know they’re trying to get back at us, we’re just going to play our game.”

Eagle Combination of Hansbro and Walker Lead Romulus Past Fordson 58-40

11 Feb

photoRomulus needed a spark.

The Eagles trailed Fordson by two with 15 seconds remaining in the first half. Junior point guard D’Angelo Hansbro launched a 30 footer, nothing but net. Hansbro gave the Eagles a 17-16 halftime advantage. In the first 16 minutes of the game, the Eagles committed nine team turnovers, shot 7-19 from the field, and converted on only one of eight free throw attempts.

It probably was the shot at the buzzer,” Hansbro said which sparked momentum for the second half. “Gave me a little momentum and my teammates just told me to keep attacking.”

According to Hansbro, Romulus is a team which thrives in the open court, with exceptional guards and athletes. Romulus nearly doubled their first half scoring output in the third quarter alone. Romulus and Fordson exchanged seven lead changes throughout the third stanza. And once again, Hansbro concluded the third the same way he did the second, a three with time winding down to give Romulus a 32-29 advantage entering the fourth.

We just didn’t want to give them any momentum,” D’Angelo said was the strategy into gaining a third quarter advantage. “So we had to play Romulus basketball, and that’s play in transition.”

The fourth quarter was complete domination by Romulus. The Eagles opened the stanza on a 15 to five run in the opening 3:15, capped off once again by a D’Angelo Hansbro three, his third of the second half. Teammate and senior Jaylin Walker scored 12 points in the fourth quarter, to aid Romulus in building a lead as large as 19 in the final minutes of play.

Hansbro and Walker accounted for 42 of the team’s 58 points. Hansbro led Romulus with 22 points, 17 in the second half, and five rebounds, while the Kent State bound Walker added 20 points and six rebounds.

It’s hard honestly.” Hansbro had to say about stopping the combination of him and Walker. “I think because if we’re in attack mode and confident, I think our team will feed off our energy, and will become hard to beat.”

A key to Romulus gaining an advantage in the second half was the team’s game plan of Fordson senior guard Moe Zahr. Zahr, the leading scorer for the Tractors, scored only three of his 20 points in the fourth, and shot 9-20 from the field the whole game.

I think we did a good job of getting ball pressure on him,” Hansbro said was the game plan on Zahr. “Making him pass the ball more, but he is good honestly.”

The Western Wayne Athletic Conference Blue division is a three team race between Romulus, Belleville, and Fordson. With the win, Romulus is now in sole possession of first. Friday’s game against rival and second place Belleville will be important in the divisional race, however, the team will also return with the services of senior center Rio Washington, who has sat out the past couple of games for an undisclosed reason.

February 9th Statewide and Class A-D Team Rankings

9 Feb

Statewide

1. Detroit Western (14-0)

2. Muskegon (14-1)

3. Clarkston (14-0)

4. University of Detroit Jesuit (13-1)

5. East Kentwood (14-0)

6. New Haven (13-0)

7. Kalamazoo Central (14-1)

8. Grand Rapids Forest Hills Central (13-0)

9. Milan (12-2)

10. West Bloomfield (11-1)

11. Wyoming Godwin Heights (12-1)

12. Saginaw Arthur Hill (12-3)

13. Lansing Everett (12-2)

14. Detroit East English Village (12-3)

15. Ann Arbor Huron (11-2)

16. Flint Northwestern (12-0)

17. Macomb Dakota (11-2)

18. River Rouge (10-3)

19. Walled Lake Western (13-1)

20. Detroit Loyola (10-2)

21. Grand Rapids Ottawa Hills (12-2)

22. Flint Beecher (12-1)

23. Romulus (10-5)

24. North Farmington (12-2)

25. Stevensville-Lakeshore (13-1)

Class A

1. Detroit Western (14-0)

2. Muskegon (14-1)

3. Clarkston (14-0)

4. University of Detroit Jesuit (13-1)

5. East Kentwood (14-0)

6. Kalamazoo Central (14-1)

7. Grand Rapids Forest Hills Central (13-0)

8. West Bloomfield (11-1)

9. Saginaw Arthur Hill (12-3)

10. Lansing Everett (12-2)

11. Detroit East English Village (12-3)

12. Ann Arbor Huron (11-2)

13. Macomb Dakota (11-2)

14. Walled Lake Western (13-1)

15. Grand Rapids Ottawa Hills (12-2)

16. Romulus (10-5)

17. North Farmington (12-2)

18. Stevensville-Lakeshore (13-1)

19. Wyoming (12-2)

20. Canton (10-3)

21. Redford Thurston (13-1)

22. Dearborn Fordson (10-3)

23. Alpena (11-2)

24. Grand Ledge (13-0)

25. Taylor Kennedy (10-2)

Class B

1. New Haven (13-0)

2. Milan (12-2)

3. Wyoming Godwin Heights (12-1)

4. Flint Northwestern (12-0)

5. River Rouge (10-3)

6. Benton Harbor (12-3)

7. Goodrich (13-2)

8. Otsego (11-2)

9. Detroit CMA (13-3)

10. Detroit Community (11-3)

11. Detroit Henry Ford (12-4)

12. Haslett (11-2)

13. Battle Creek Harper Creek (12-1)

14. Wayland Union (10-3)

15. Flint Southwestern (9-3)

16. Yale (13-1)

17. Alma (10-3)

18. Detroit Consortium (8-3)

19. Detroit Osborn (11-5)

20. Detroit Cesar Chavez (12-0)

Class C

1. Detroit Loyola (10-2)

2. Flint Beecher (12-1)

3. Jackson Lumen Christi (12-1)

4. Monroe St. Mary (10-1)

5. Shelby (14-0)

6. Hillsdale (15-0)

7. Detroit Edison (10-3)

8. Southfield Christian (11-3)

9. Michigan Seminary Lutheran (13-1)

10. Mt. Clemens (10-2)

11. Beaverton (13-0)

12. Lainsburg (11-1)

13. Iron Mountain (13-1)

14. Ferndale University (10-2)

15. Hanover Horton (12-1)

Class D

1. Cedarville (12-0)

2. Powers North Central (12-0)

3. Waterford Our Lady of the Lakes (14-0)

4. Munising (12-0)

5. Hillman (13-1)

 

Great Games February 9th-13th

9 Feb

Monday February 9th

Old Redford (8-3) @ Pontiac (7-4) 7:00 PM

Outlook: Both team’s have been relative surprises in their respective leagues. Redford sits alone top of the Charter School League, while Pontiac is tied for first with Oak Park and Athens in the OAA White.

West Bloomfield (11-1) @ Rochester Hills Stoney Creek (10-3)

Outlook: West Bloomfield leads the OAA Blue, while Stoney Creek has lost two out of their last three.

Tuesday February 10th

Kalamazoo Central (14-1) @ Benton Harbor (12-3) 7:00 PM

Outlook: Southwestern Conference crossover with both team’s having Breslin Center aspirations.

Flint Northwestern (12-0) @ Flint Beecher (12-1) 7:00 PM

Outlook: Classic Flintown rivalry renewed.

Muskegon Heights (8-4) @ Grand Rapids Ottawa Hills (12-2) 7:00 PM

Outlook: Interesting non-conference game on the west side of the state.  Heights can make a run in Class C while Ottawa Hills has been one of Class A’s most surprising teams.

Canton (10-3) @ Livonia Churchills (10-4) 7:00 PM

Outlook: Battle for first in the  KLAA South with conference tournament seeding implications.

Utica Eisenhowe (9-3) @ Macomb Dakota (11-2) 7:00 PM

Outlook: Dakota has won 11 straight games since beginning the season 0-2, and have been even more state relevant since Jermaine Jackson Jr. and Charles Penn have gained eligibility.

Wyoming Godwin Heights (12-1) @ Otsego (11-2) 7:15 PM

Outlook: Good bet to say won’t be the last time these two Class B powers play again this season.

Fordson (10-3) @ Romulus (10-5) 7:00 PM

Outlook: Fordson gave all Romulus could handle the first time these two played, and will look to take control of the WWAC Blue.

Wednesday February 11th

Detroit CMA @ Detroit Renaissance 5:00 PM

CMA has been a sleeper in the PSL’s division two, now get their first true test against the Phoenix in the city playoffs.

Detroit Henry Ford vs. Detroit East English Village @ Detroit Renaissance 7:00 PM

Outlook: EEVP beat Ford on February 4th. This is the best of the PSL quarterfinal matchups.

Thursday February 12th

Ferndale University (10-2) @ Cornerstone (6-4) 7:00 PM

Outlook: Ferndale beat Cornerstone earlier in the year, but Cornerstone has won four out their last five.  By the way, Jamal Cain is a beast for Cornerstone.

Clarkston (14-0) @ Rochester Adams (8-4) 7:00 PM

Outlook: Clarkston is looking to run away with the OAA Red, but Adams has something to say in this one.

Friday February 13th

Dearborn Heights Crestwood (9-3) @ Redford Thurston (13-1) 7:00 PM

Outlook: Thurston leads the WWAC Blue at 8-0, Crestwood is second at 7-1.

Flint Beecher (12-1) @ River Rouge (10-3) 7:00 PM

Outlook: Rouge passed their first test of February, an OT victory against Romulus.  Now the Panthers face top five ranked Class C foe Flint Beecher.

Belleville (10-3) @ Romulus (10-5) 7:00 PM

Outlook: Battle for Hannan Road, enough said.

Saginaw Arthur Hill (12-3) @ Saginaw (9-5) 7:00 PM

Outlook: In all likely hood, the closing chapter on a historic middle of Michigan rivalry.

Grand Rapids Union Redhawk Showcase Recap

8 Feb

photo-6Grand Rapids Union held their first annaul Redhawk showcase with five stellar contests highlighted by premier players both in Michigan and Ohio.  A kind thank you to Union head coach Brandon Guyton for his hospitality throughout the day.  Coach Brandon will undoubtedly grow the showcase into a premier destination and event as the years come.

Results:

Baldwin 58 Paw Paw 52

Allen Academy 62 Union 60

Wyoming Godwin Heights 65 North Farmington 55

Ypsilanti Lincoln 71 Toledo Rogers 45

Lima Central Catholic 68 Kalamazoo Central 53

Overall MVP: Ty Groce 6’6″ forward Ypsilanti Lincoln

Groce had his highly anticipated coming out party on the season, scoring 33 points, and hauling in 14 rebounds.  The division one recruit Groce hit three spot-up three pointers, made several trips to the free-throw line, finished on and ones, and was extremely active around the basket on put backs and layups.

Other First Team Members:

Jason Williams 6’0″ point guard Allen Academy

It’s not an Allen Academy game unless Williams scores at least 30 points, which he did, this time finishing with 33 to reach the 1,000 point plateau only as a junior.  His jump shot wasn’t working normally, yet he knew to be effective in the game he had get downhill and drive to the basket, initiating contact with taller defenders.  Jason scored 14 of Allen’s 20 fourth quarter points, including the game winning fadeaway at the buzzer.  Williams also filled the Wildcat stat sheet, four assists, six rebounds and steals.

Video of Jason’s game winner

Dantez Walton 6’4″ forward Lima Central Catholic

Mismatch.  Walton is a walking double-double.  Dantez set the Thunderbird tone early in the team’s route of top five ranked Kalamazoo Central, 16 first half points.  Walton was methodical when he chose to go outside, four threes, and when to score from ten feet and in.  Often the tallest player on the court for Lima, Walton is called to rebound at a high level, which he did with ten.

Delaney Blaylock 6’4″ guard Wayland Godwin Heights

The Lewis bound senior Blaylock carried his Wolverines against a taller and physical North Farmington front court.  Blaylock started strong, nine in the first quarter, and 12 at half.  However, Delaney did not score the entire third.  But, the senior knocked down two crucial threes with under three minutes remaining in the fourth quarter for Godwin Heights to gain the separation needed to defeat the Raiders.  Blaylock finished with 18 points, six rebounds, and two assists.

Brandon Childress 6’4″ guard Baldwin

Childress is a Central Michigan commit for football, but he has a thing for basketball as well.  He was the most athletic player on the court, aggressively rising and outworking opponents for 11 rebounds.  Childress usually plays up to four positions for Baldwin, and was effective at each with 18 points, and four assists.

Second Team

Tre Cobbs 5’10” point guard Lima CC

Cobbs is a tough handle for a team, let alone one defender.  Cobbs’ handling ability is on display against a usual defensively stout Central team, Tre created separation with either hand, and exploding past defenders off the dribble.  Cobbs excells in the paint, a true playmaker.  He let the aforementioned Walton control the first half, but somehow managed to finish with 14 points on the night and six assists.  Cobbs also rebounds well for a guard, six on the night.

Nick Klingel 6’4″ shooting guard Paw Paw

Klingel dominated the first half for Paw Paw, he scored half of the team’s 30 points in the opening 16 minutes, with three threes.  His shot started to slow down in the second half, scoring only once in both quarters.  However, he has the desirable size for a small school shooting guard, but rebounds well for the position, eight on the game.

Curtis Davison 6’1″ combo guard Union

Davison is one of Michigan’s premier true scorers.  Allen held Davison scoreless in the first quarter, but Davison erupted for 15 points in the second quarter alone.  He’s a solid defender, ball handler, and athlete.  Comfortable playing with or without the ball, and has a picture perfect form on his jump shot.

Devin Haygood 6’8″ forward Ypsilanti Lincoln

Devin let his teammate Groce shine in the team’s route of Toledo Rogers, but Devin still came away with a solid day of work.  The future Youngstown State Penguin absolutely filled the stat sheet.  10 points, nine rebounds, five assists, four blocks, and two steals.  Lincoln will look to build off this win and salvage the remainder of the season after entering the year as a top ten squad.

Sherrod Motley-Dismuke 5’9″ guard Ypsilanti Lincoln

Sherrod did what a point guard needs to do on a team as talented as Lincoln, handle the ball, don’t turnover the ball, and facilitate the game.  He’s a plus shooter from outside, and strong handler and decision maker.  Dismuke finished with 12 points, and three rebounds.

Other Standouts On The Day:

Miguel Mahan 6’6″ forward Baldwin

Mahan is intriguing due to his combination of size, length, mobility, and potential.  He finished with 17 points on the day, many were within 5 feet of the basket although the lefty did hit a corner three.  Mahan could blossom into a promising shot blocker and defender.

Jeffrey Lee 6’2″ guard Union

Lee shot the ball well despite coming up short on the scoreboard to Allen Academy.  He scored from both the perimeter and the midrange department, three threes, and several midrange pull ups.  Finished with 15.

Keidren Davis 6’6″ forward Union

Davis had a battle against Allen’s Danny Pippen.  Good mobility, developing offensive skill set and footwork.  Strong rebounder, had 10 in the game, promising defender, four blocks.

Jacob Joubert 6’2″ point guard North Farmington

Deep range on three pointer off the bounce, finished with three and 11 points. Progressing into true point guard as passer, handler, and playmaker.

AJ Howard 6’5″ forward Ypsilanti Lincoln

All the physical tools necessary to thrive at the college level for a wing, just needs to put it all together.  Stat line reads eight points, four rebounds and assists.

Hunter Hale 6’1″ point guard Kalamazoo Central

Central overall struggled to have success attacking the Lima CC 2-3 zone, yet Hale found success.  He scored a team high 17 points.

Kennedy Shows League Superiority With Win Over Anderson

6 Feb

Taylor Kennedy is in a class of their own within the Downriver League.  The Eagles sit alone top of the conference with a two game lead over Woodhaven and Allen Park.

The latest win for the Eagles was against Southgate Anderson, the lone blemish on Kennedy’s conference record of 8-1.

“Tonight we played good help side defense,” senior point guard Andia Marsh said.  “Last time we settled for long threes, this time we dissected their zone and got layups and free throws.”

Marsh scored Kennedy’s first five points of the game, and finished with a team high 19.  The Eagles built a six point advantage after the opening eight minutes of play.  The deciding quarter was the second.  Kennedy limited Anderson to five points  the entire second quarter, while holding the Titan senior guard trio of Dejon Matthews, Juwan Graham, and Trey Harris to a combined 13 first half points.

Kennedy led by 14 at half, and would lead by a comfortable margin the remainder of the game.  Marsh said he started to suffer from cramps as the game went on, and scored only four points in the second half.  However, fellow seniors also contributed for Kennedy.  Shooting guard Anton Hogan scored nine points and rebounded six balls, 6’3″ forward Ciante Roach scored six points with 13 rebounds, and junior Charles Pritchett missed one shot on the night, but with three baskets and six free-throws, contributed 12 points and five rebounds.

“The bench came in with the same energy or more it never went down,” Marsh added. “When they saw I couldn’t really move they realized they had to step up and contribute more and that’s exactly what they did.”

The Eagles find themselves in a position the program hasn’t been in for four years, first place.  That 2009-2010 team eased to the conference championship with a record of 9-0, and made an appearance in the state quarterfinals.  Marsh aspires to greater lengths, but knows it is better to start off small.  An outright conference title has been one of Marsh’s goals for the past four years.

“It would be a great accomplishment,” Marsh said. “In my four years we never won a league, district or anything. But our goals are way more then just a league title, it would be great but we have our sight set on something bigger. But it would be a great accomplishment for the entire team.”

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