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Consortium’s Defense Stifles Oak Park En Route To 51-49 Victory

1 Mar

IMG_0178Two teams heading in opposite directions entering the last week of regular season.  Following a 51-49 Consortium win against Oak Park on the last day of February, the Cougars have won four of their past five games improving to 12-5 on the year, while the Knights have dropped their last two, and have not met pre-season expectations as a ranked team in the state.

“It feels good,” Consortium junior guard Luster Johnson said following the game.  “Because a win is just a good feeling.  But to know that you beat a good team makes it even better.”

In a game of two evenly matched teams, the outcome came down to execution in the fourth quarter.  From six minutes on, there were two ties and four lead changes.  Johnson, who led Consortium with a team-high 16, scored the Cougars’ last five points from 1:30 on.  He connected on a three to give his team a 49-48 lead with 1:15 remaining.  Then following one Oak Park free-throw, Johnson drove to the basket and finished at the rim in what turned out to be the go-ahead basket with 0:49 left.

“I knew that if something was to happen,” Johnson referred to the last few minutes of the contest, “I wanted it to be me to do it.”  “I was feeling myself and I knew those were shots that I could make so I took them with confidence.”

An Oak Park steal with 13 seconds remaining gave the Knights the ball with the opportunity to potentially to tie or win the game.  Oak Park had two shots in the final seconds, the first one missed and went off a Cougar.  With two seconds left underneath the basket, guess who made a play?  Johnson, a steal securing a Consortium victory.

The last play was only a microcosm of Consortium’s defensive prowess.  The Cougars forced twenty Knight turnovers, Johnson had four on the day.

“We knew that we had some height over their guards,” Johnson said.  “So we put a lot of pressure on them and got a lot of hands on their passes.”

Johnson was complimented in scoring by junior point guard Charles Figueroa, who contributed with 13 points.  The Cougars received just 14 points from their combined interior posts, leaving the game to be decided on the perimeter.

“Charles (Figueroa) and I have been playing together for a long time,” Johnson said of his teammate.  “Basketball made us family, we have a lot of chemistry together.”

The defending Class C state champions will compete in the Class B for the 2015 state tournament.  Much has changed in the last year for the Cougars, in fact, Luster is the only returning player who saw time in the starting lineup a season ago.  Johnson is confident his team’s new identity will still garner post-season success.

“We see ourselves getting as far as we want,” Johnson said acknowledging the post-season. “If we play our game and don’t beat ourselves, we are a pretty good basketball team.”

“I know we have the heart to persevere through whatever, all we have to do now is go out and show the State of Michigan.

On a lighter note, Luster is known for his offense, but registered three impressive defensive blocks on the day.  One of which was of the chase-down variety made popular by LeBron James.  Johnson said he will do take whatever it takes to not see the ball go through his team’s net.

“Just last night against Lincoln Park I had a chase-down block and I was over the rim,” Johnson said jokingly.  “I just hate seeing the ball go in.”

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

Storylines:

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

 

 

U of D Jesuit Betters Consortium 62-50

17 Dec

Detroit-U-D-Jesuit-CubsUniversity of Detroit Jesuit senior guard Gary Collins knows what it takes to win.  As a junior, he helped lead the Cubs to the Breslin Center for the first time in school history.  Now as the team’s only senior in the starting lineup, he has found ways to impact not confined to the offensive end of the floor.

In U of D’s first two games of the season, Collins has had to guard the opponent’s best overall offensive player, Chicago Morgan Park’s Marcus LoVett, and East English Villages’ Kamari Newman, holding them well below their season averages.

“I put the work in in practice,” Collins said.  “I just have to be ready when the opportunity arises.”

The third game of the year for the Cubs was against defending Class C state champion Detroit Consortium.  Both teams struggled to find any rhythm to their offense, as over 20-30 combined turnovers were committed in the contest.  U of D jumped out to a 12-4 lead at the end of one, thanks to five early points from Collins.  The second quarter started by a 8-2 spurt for Consortium to cut the U of D lead down to two with 5:35 left in the half.  Junior forward Jaylen Moore added seven of his 12 points in the second stanza.  The remaining five minutes of the second would remain relatively even, U of D would lead at halftime 25-19.

However, the Cubs would gain separation from the Cougars in the beginning of the third.  A 10-2 run ignited the home crowd and forced Consortium to call a timeout.  In the third, Collins scored seven of his 14 points, while junior backcourt mate Cassius Winston had four in the third.  U of D led 42-34 entering the final quarter of play.  Consortium senior guard Larry Williams was the only bright spot in the third, his seven points brought the Cougars into striking distance mid-way through the quarter.

U of D was able to build and maintain a double digit lead in the fourth quarter, and coast the rest of the way to the victory.  The aforementioned Winston scored 14 of his game high 23 points in the final eight minutes of play, including 7-9 from the charity stripe.

Collins primarily guarded Consortium standout junior Luster Johnson, a friend he has played AAU with, and held him to 13 overall points.

“I had to step it up, simple as that.”

The Cubs lost four senior starters from last year’s semi-finalist team, the added role for Collins has meant he has had to provide senior leadership throughout much of the early season.

“Just experience,” Collins added.  “Playing last year for the whole year, first year on varsity, comes with a lot of experience and senior leadership.”

Consortium falls to 2-1 on the season, while the Cubs remain undefeated at 3-0 and will wait until Saturday to face off with out of state Jesuit rival Toledo St. Johns.

 

Announcing The First Annual Coaches vs. Violence Classic

2 Dec

In the spirit of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, The Prep Ball Report is honored to announce, in collaboration with Detroit Westside Christian Head Coach Greg Boler, the First Annual Coaches vs. Violence Classic, held on Saturday, January 24th at Southfield Bradford High School.

From established state powers, to up and coming programs, the Coaches vs. Violence Classic hopes to promote the messages of Dr. King in a positive, family friendly, athletic environment.

Game one features the upstart Taylor Prep Tigers, in their first year of varsity competition, against fellow charter up and coming Detroit Public Safety Academy, tip-off is set four 2:00 PM.

The second game on the day is a PSL vs. charter school tilt, with the Colts of Detroit Northwestern, led by 6’1″ junior guard Terrance Sewell and 6’2″ backcourt mate Ketquan Gatewood, taking on Southfield Bradford.  Bradford, under the guidance of first year head coach Ra Murray, will look to build off a 19 win campaign a year ago.  Tip-off is slated for 4:00 PM.

In the third game of the day, the defending Class C state champions Consortium Cougars, now in Class B, square off against the Falcons of Farmington High School.  Consortium is led by junior 6’0″ scoring machine Luster Johnson, and 6’6″ paint punisher Mykel Tyson.  Tip-off is scheduled for 6:00 PM.

The nightcap on the day will pit another PSL vs. charter contest, as Detroit Allen Academy, one of the favorites to capture Class C and winners of 20 games a season ago, play the rising Communication Media Arts Phoenix from the Public School League.  The Phoenix only lose four players from a season ago, while Wildcats return junior division one recruits Jason Williams, and Danny Pippen, to go along with sophomore Drequan Bell.

Schedule:

Taylor Prep vs. Detroit Public Safety Academy @ 2:00 PM

Detroit Northwestern vs. Southfield Bradford @ 4:00 PM

Detroit Consortium vs. Farmington @ 6:00 PM

Detroit Communication Media Arts vs. Allen Academy @ 8:00 PM

Finding Southfield Bradford:

The address is 24218 Garner St Southfield, MI 48033.  North of 9 Mile and just off Telegraph.

Luster’s Turn to Shine for Consortium

24 Oct

-61f8fb0343b575c8-sized (1)Detroit Consortium junior Luster Johnson stood breathless at the Breslin Center last March.  His Consortium Cougars had just captured the Class C state championship.

“It was a very big moment being that it was our first ever school championship,” Johnson said.  “And knowing Consortium’s history of having so many good teams and players.”

Although the Cougars will enter the new season eager to defend their hardware, the task became increasingly difficult compared to last season over the Summer. Gone from a year ago is Josh Jackson, the consenus number one national recruit in the country’s 2016 class.  Jackson decided to finish his remaining two years of eligibility at Prolific Prep in California. The 6’7″ swing-man averaged 28 points, 15 rebounds, and six assists per game for Consortium.

“We are family,” noted Johnson.  “And he was always on me, in school or out on the court.  I was forced to play defense on him in most of the practices.”

“But that’s what made me better, and I can say that also made him better.”

Along with having played alongside Jackson during the school year, Johnson also had the opportunity to play travel basketball on Josh’s AAU team, Under Armour 1Nation.  Despite the two playing in separate age groups, Johnson was able to challenge himself in the 16u division against quality competition and better his game on a weekly basis.  A 6’2″ scoring combo guard, Johnson said he improved his perimeter shooting over the off-season, developing various ways to attack the basket, and becoming an impact defender, while adding collegiate interest from U of D Mercy, Florida A&M, and Youngstown State.  Luster notes he learned the high school game after another successful Consortium guard, Travon Baker, an All-State graduate of 2012, who accepted a scholarship to Northern Illinois to further his basketball career.

The base of the Consortium program is built around family.  When Coach Al Anderson tragically passed away in the winter of 2013, it only brought the Cougar community closer.  Last year’s team embodied the term family, two-three seniors routinely started every game and while others played their own unique individuals roles in path to winning the championship.  This upcoming campaign is significant on many levels.  First, Consortium moves from Class C to Class B, and second, only two returning starter come back from last season.  Luster acknowledges Jackson at times during the year made it easier on his teammates to succeed, but Consortium was a collective unit.  According to Johnson, the absence of Josh only gives Consortium added drive to outwork their opponents just a little bit more.

“People don’t think we have a chance cause we lost Josh,” Johnson remarked. “But they don’t know that the two games we played without him, we won by 30.”

“So they better not rest on us this year.”

Johnson undoubtedly enters his junior year as the leader of the team, as he averaged 12 points, and four assists and steals each game last year, even earning his way into the starting lineup for a majority of the season. Luster, or Pookie as he is referred to, still believes his team can reach their championship aspirations this upcoming season.  He wants to lead by example this year, he stated he got into the off-season condition program more this Summer than he had in years past, and developed a higher IQ for the game.  But still something else fuels Luster’s drive to achieve.  When Consortium won the crown, Luster said he was the first to do something big in his family.  This season, however, Luster and his Consortium Cougars will take a different path to success, one of perseverance, confidence, and most importantly, a sense of togetherness.

“Everyone plays a role in the CCP (Consortium) roster,” Lusted said.  “It will be a challenge, we just have to come together as team, we are just waiting our turn to have a chance to prove ourselves.

 

 

 

Day One in the Romulus Summer League

19 Jun

romulusArguable the most competitive Summer League in Michigan, the Romulus Summer League had a good mixture of teams on the first day.  From defending state champions, to teams that will be contenders this year, even all the way to up-and-coming younger teams.  The atmosphere in the gym did not feel like it was a Summer League.  A few technical fouls were given and a few coaches got into heated arguments.  However, talent was abundant, and some players are beginning to make a name for themselves that college programs should start paying attention to.

Ronald Booth (2014 5’6″ Detroit Consortium PG)- Do not let Booth’s size fool you, Ronald can play.  Booth is a tough, hard-nosed basketball player that can run an offense and is a team first player.  He handles the ball well, controls the pace of the game, can score if needed, and makes life difficult on opposing point guards.  Ronald would be a nice high D2 or low-major player.

Ja’Christian Briles (2014 6’2″ Oak Park Combo Guard)- Transfer from Southfield-Lathrup, Ja’Christian can simply score the ball.  Briles was knocking down three pointers and mid-range jump shots with ease.  Made a few nice passes with the ball in his hands playing the point guard.  Nice athleticism allowed Briles to finish above the rim on the fast-break.  Briles will have a break-out year for the Knights

Jake Lavis (2014 Wyandotte Roosevelt PG)- Lavis did everything for the Bears.  He shot the ball well, passed, rebounded well and played defense.  Jake controlled the game for the Bears and everything they did went through him.

Jordan Moses (2014 Detroit Loyola 6’9″ Forward)- Moses will be attending post-graduate school after his senior season, which will help Jordan transition nicely to the college level.  Moses changed shots and rebounded well and the defensive side of the ball, Jordan is raw offensively and will need some polishing up with a back to the basket type of game, but it is not to often you get an almost seven footer in high school.

Kelvin Fuller (2016 Oak Park 6’7″ Forward)- Fuller will have to sit out a semester for the Knights because he transferred to Oak Park from Detroit Cody, following head coach Bryant Tipton.  Fuller was hands down the best big man in the gym.  Fuller used his big frame to establish down low position on the block and finish at the basket.  Fuller was also blocking shots easily with a nice vertical, as well as providing the crowd with some electrifying alley-oops.  Kelvin will bring a high motor, and an intimidating defensive presence to any team he plays on.  He is also unique in the fact that he can play like a guard sometimes while bringing up the floor.  Fuller will be one to watch this upcoming basketball season.

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2/16/12 Recaps

18 Feb

Consortium 81 vs. Dayton Dunbar 44- Dunbar is a pretty well-respected team in the State of Ohio.  But Consortium treated them like they were their little brother.  Freshman Josh Jackson had seven of his team’s first 13 points in the first quarter giving them a 21-8 lead at the end of one.  Consortium’s Vincent Hunter, a UTEP commit, gave Dunbar big man Damarion Geter fits all day in the post.  Consortium built up its lead up to 43-18 at half, and Dunbar was never able to get the deficit under twenty for the rest of the game.  Things got so bad for Dunbar, that a running clock had to be instilled in the fourth quarter.  Jackson finished up with 27 for Consortium, while Hunter added 24.  A.J. Harris led Dunbar scoring 12 points.

Southfield Christian 47 vs. Allen Park Inter-Ciy Baptist 46- Sophomore Bakari Evelyn saved his best for last scoring 11 of his game high 25 points for Christian in the final quarter.  Here is how the end of the game went.  Christian had the ball with about 15 seconds to play looking to win the game.  They missed the shot but got the rebound with less than a minute left to play.  So they thought.  The officials decided to put two more seconds on the clock and place the ball underneath the basket, making it a better angle for the final play.  What do you do with the game on the line, give the ball to your playmaker.  Evelyn lobbed a pass up to Damarco White and tipped it in for the final game winning score.  White finished up with only 6 because he had been in foul trouble throughout most of the game.  The win for Christian makes up for an earlier game this year where they lost to Baptist at the buzzer.  Evan Kraatz had 21 Inter-City.

Notes

Game 1: If they is one flaw is Josh Jackson’s game people criticize about it is his jump shot.  But that could not be criticized today.  Jackson seemed to pull up wherever he wanted to, making five three-point shots.  Josh reminded me of LeBron James today.  He played about four positions, and did not only score the ball.  He also acted like a facilitator, and a rebounder in the winning effort.  Both traits recruiters look for in a player.

Game 2: Evelyn has the skills beyond his years.  Not only did he play well on the offensive end, but in crunch time in the fourth quarter.  The sophomore stepped upped and played ferocious defense on Kratz of Baptist.  Before that, it seemed as if Kratz was getting anything he wanted with the previous defenders that guarded him.  But not until Bakari checked him.  Forcing Kraatz to have to give the ball to his teammates instead of doing whatever he pleased with the ball.

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