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Romulus Day One Recaps

24 Dec

The Romulus Holiday Hoops Classic turned out to be a great two day event.  Here are some of the results of the games on the first day.

River Rouge 68 vs. Cody 62– Jr. Terrell Crawford scored 22 points against Cody.  A name to remember for the future.

Ford 69 vs. Pontiac 60– Senior point guard Dijon Cogdill added 26 points for Pontiac.  Jarod Jones also added some highlight dunks for Pontiac.

Walled Lake Western 54 vs. Southfield Christian 48– The defending Class D champions were not able to get the w against Walled Lake and their big Miroslav Jaskic.  The center scored 13 for Walled Lake, while Demarcus Bailey, a sophomore, tallied 15.  For the Eagles, Bakari Evelyn scored 14 points, but four of those were in the second half.  Demarco White added 14 for the Eagles as well.

Romulus 70 vs. Detroit Community 53– Multiple division one recruits took the floor in the spotlight game at Romulus’ Holiday Hoop Classic on Friday.   This game seemed relatively competitive throughout a good portion of the first half.  The score at the end of one was 15-13 Romulus .  But in the second quarter, things started to get away for Community.  This was where South Florida commit, Bo Zeigler, started to get in foul trouble.  Resulting in him have to sit the bench throughout most of the quarter.  While the superstar was on the bench, Romulus extended their lead to 42-28 at halftime.  In the second half, more of the same for Romulus.  When you have one of the best finishers in the state, EC Matthews, coming downhill at you, it is over.  Not to mention his partner-in-crime, Missouri bound Wes Clark.  That is the formula for Romulus extending their lead to 55-37 with 2:52 left in the third.  But Community would not go away.  Making it a 57-51 ballgame at the end of three.  Romulus would not worry, they would extend their lead to 70-53 to hold onto the victory.  EC Matthews scored 16 points, Leo Edwards added 16 as well.  Senior Jalon Plummer added ten points, and held Zeigler to only 6 points.

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Romulus’ Holiday Winner’s Circle Classic 2012

20 Dec

This Friday and Saturday, the Romulus Eagles will host their annual Christmas Showcase with some of the area’s top teams participating.  Here is the schedule for the event:

Friday: 3pm-Windsor CC vs. Detroit Western; 4:40pm-Detroit Cody vs. River Rouge; 6:20pm-Detroit Henry Ford vs. Pontiac; 8pm-Walled Lake Western vs. Southfield Christian; 9:40pm-Romulus vs. Detroit Community

Saturday: 1pm-Novi CC vs. Ypsilanti Lincoln, 2:40pm-Gibraltor Carlson vs. Belleville; 4:20pm-Ann Arbor Skyline vs. Windsor CC; 6pm-Harper Woods Chandler Park Academy vs. Toledo Rogers, 7:40pm-Detroit Southeastern vs. Ann Arbor Pioneer; 9:20pm-Romulus vs. Detroit Douglass

There are a couple of games that intrigue me.  One of them is the Romulus vs. Community game.  Romulus has several kids who are committed to play division one college basketball including, Rhode Island commit EC Matthews, Wes Clark who has committed to Missouri, and Leo Edwards a Louisiana Tech commit.  Also from the Eagles, watch jr. guard Juwan Clark and senior guards Lowell Wade and Jalon Plummer.  Community has South Florida commit Bo Zeigler, and not to mention a name to remember for the future, Jerrell Martin a forward.

On day two, once again, the Eagles square up against another one of the state’s top teams, this time being Detroit Douglass.  On the Hurricanes  is a class of 2014 standout, Darrell Davis who is regarded to be one of the top players in not only the DPS, but the State of Michigan.

Should be a great two day event at Romulus, top teams going at it against each other, what else could a high school basketball fan ask for?

Interview with Ypsilanti’s Jaylen Johnson

16 Dec

Jaylen is a six foot nine skilled big man, who can hit a open jumper from the elbow, as well as show off his athleticism for dunks.

Metro Detroit/Saginaw Valley League Challenge

14 Dec

Tomorrow December 14, I will be attending my first high school basketball games of the season at West Bloomfield High School for the Metro Detroit/ Saginaw Valley League Challenge.  Here is the schedule for the day:

12:30pm-W. Bloomfield vs. Flint Northern; 2pm-Gibraltar Carleton vs. Saginaw Buena Vista; 3:30pm-Ypsilanti vs. North Farmington; 5pm-Taylor Truman vs. Ann Arbor Huron; 6:30pm-Detroit King vs. Saginaw Arthur Hill; 8pm-Saginaw vs. Detroit Southeastern

A couple games that catch my eye are the King vs. Saginaw Arthur Hill game.  The Hill has one of the top C/O 2015 guards in Eric Davis.  To complement Davis, Jalen Adams will provide highlights galore in this game.  The second game that caught my eye is the North Farmington vs. Ypsilanti.  Another top 2015 player, 6-6 Jeron Rogers will be in action and could very well put on a show.

This will be a great day of hoops in the Metro Detroit Area.  The defending Class A champs will be in attendance, Saginaw, as well as some other up and coming teams, should be a talent rich challenge.

Players to watch: Flint Northern’s Amari Ivory. Arthur Hill’s Eric Davis and Jalen Adams. Buena Vista’s Vonta Brookins, Armondi Rogers and Carl Moore, Saginaw’s Julian Anderson, Keyon Addison, Jerry Smith and Markell Bradshaw.  Truman’s Aaron Foster-Smith, Anthony Wartley-Fritz, Devin Goodwill, Devian Newbill.

Grand Rapids Christian vs. Orchard Lake St. Mary’s Post-game Interviews

29 Nov

Interview with Jayru Campbell

28 Nov

Loyola vs. Ishpeming Post-game Interviews

28 Nov
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Muskegon vs. Brother Rice Post-game Interviews

26 Nov

Photos from 11/24/12 Games at Ford Field

26 Nov

Results from 11/24/12 Games

26 Nov

Ishpeming 20 vs. Detroit Loyola 14:  Loyola came into this absolutely dominating any team that stood in their way in the playoffs.  But Ishpeming, a team from the UP, would not be intimidated by Loyola and one of the best players in the state, Malik McDowell.  Eric Kostreva scored all of the three touchdowns for the Hemitites on his way to accumulating 182 rushing yards on the game.  Keymonn’e Gabriel put Loyola’s ground game on his back going for 129 yards and one touchdown on 21 carries.

Detroit Cass Tech 36 vs. Detroit Catholic Central 21:  In a rematch of the 2011 D-1 championship,  the score of this game does not indicate how much this game was dominated by Cass Tech.  From the beginning of the game on Jourdan Lewis’ 89 yard touchdown reception for the Technecians, which was their first play from scrimmage, to the end on Delano Hill’s 84 yard interception return to put icing on the cake.  CC turned the ball over five times, three fumbles and two interceptions.  The big fumble being a Kenton Gibbs 58 yard fumble return for a touchdown on CC’s second possession of the game.  Jayru Campbell did not have to throw the ball much going 4-12 for 154 yards and one touchdown.  The ground game of Cass Tech was led yet again by Mike Weber, going for 186 yards on 20 carries.  David Houle led CC with 13 carries for 77 yards.

Portland 12 vs. Grand Rapids West Catholic 9:  Portland completed their magical season winning the D-5 state championship.  The Raiders big play man throughout the postseason seemed to be jr. receiver Austin Brandt.  Brandt saved his best for last because on his only four receptions, he went for 178 yards and one touchdown with his long being a 94 yard catch.  Travis Russell led West Catholic from his quarterback position going 20-39 for 208 yards.  But  was intercepted three times making the difference in this game.

Orchard Lake St. Mary’s 37 vs. Grand Rapids Christian 40:  The last game for football in Michigan turned out to be what everyone hoped for and more.  The ending to this game went like this.  Trailing by 3 three with 2:06 remaining in the game, there was no panic on the Eagle side-line, especially when you have the a soon to be Michigan State Spartan receiver and basketball star in Drake Harris on your team.  Harris came up big for the Eagles on two fourth down conversions, to set up a Joel Schipper field goal, to send the game into OT.  Overtime rules in the Michigan are quite interesting.  The ball is placed at the 10 yard line and the team gets four chances to score, if perhaps the team gets a field goal, the other team could win on a touchdown or tie the game on a field goal as well.  St. Mary’s would get all the way down to the three yard line and call a timeout.  On 4-3, St. Mary’s decided to go for it, and failed, Matt Linehan tried to find Parker McInnis through the air and it was no good.  Christian got the ball, and on their first play from scrimmage, Schipper once again knocked through a field goal this time winning the game from 27 yards out.  The passing game of Christian allowed the Eagles to win this football game.  Drake Harris had a monster 243 yards on eight receptions for one touchdown.  The dynamic duo of Grant Niemic and Parker McInnis in the back field for St. Mary’s led the Eaglets’ ground game with Niemic amassing 168 yards on 28 carries, and Parker McInnis obtaining a outstanding 269 yards on 25 carries.  Van Jefferson led OLSM in receiving yards with five receptions for 79 yards and one touchdown.

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