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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.”





Hype Scrimmage Day One Recap

1 Dec

Talent was abundant at Michigan’s largest pre-season scrimmage event.  Here’s a look at the standouts on day one of action.

Allen Academy

Danny Pippen (6’7″ forward)- Pippen had a strong battle against fellow 2016 sought after recruit Austin Davis and Onsted.  Danny was extremely active on the offensive boards, retrieving rebounds even from his own missed shots, and finished around the rim with a soft touch.  He also looked more confident with his three-point jump shot and not hesitant to pull the trigger, and more vocal on the floor for his team.  Pippen has also bulked up more since the AAU circuit to go along with his size twenty shoe, and combined with his inside-outside skill set, should make a nice mismatch problems for defenses.

Jason Williams (6’0″ combo guard) and Drequan Bell (6’2″ combo guard)- The Wildcats also have the backcourt duo of Williams and Bell to go along with stud forward Danny Pippen.  Both got after it on defense with their quick hands and played the passing well picking off lazy passes which resulted in easy fast-break opportunities where the Wildcats thrive.  Bell can shoot the ball from the perimeter, but did most of his damage in the lane and attacking the basket.  He’s also showed he can create for his teammates when defenders leave their assignment.  Both Williams and Bell will share the point guard duties for Allen this season.


Austin Davis (6’8″ power forward)- Just by looking at Davis, you can tell he’s a division one player.  A mobile big bodied frame are just a few reasons why he already holds scholarship offers from division one schools.  A back to the basket type player, Austin possesses soft hands and can finish around the basket with either hand.  He’s a type of forward an opponent is always going to have to boxout on either end of the floor.  A true blue-collar no nonsense type of player.

Ypsilanti Arbor Prep

Kyle Hayes (6’7″ power forward)- Kyle already holds a division one scholarship offer from Eastern Michigan.  He has the potential to become a promising wing/forward prospect with length, and athleticism.  He can rebound the ball in his area well, pass the ball, defend the rim, run the floor, and took defenders off the bounce from the wing and was rewarded with several trips to the free-throw line, playing with an added edge to his game.

Detroit Osborn

Christian Littlejohn (6’7″ power forward)- The Knights have three players on their roster with heights over 6’7.”  Littlejohn was the leader of the bunch.  As he crashed the boards hard, finished around the basket, displayed quick feet, defended the post, and blocked shots.  Osborn will be an interesting team to track in 2015.

Other standouts on the day:

Josh Davis (6’5″ wing Detroit Henry Ford)

Esa Abduljami (6’3″ guard Dearborn Heights Crestwood)

D.J. Mayo (6’3″ guard Dearborn Heights Robichaud)

Brock Washington (6’2″ guard Southfield Christian)

Marlo Brown (6’3″ guard Southfield Christian)


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