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Warren Mott Cruises Past Grosse Pointe North 88-72

14 Feb

UnknownBehind strong performances from seniors Kenny Goins and Stef Johnson, as well as junior Derek Murphy, the Warren Mott Marauders were able to run past Grosse Pointe North 88-72 to improve their record to 10-5 overall, with a 7-2 record in the MAC White division.

With regular starters wing Derek Murphy and power forward/center Kenny Goins not starting for Mott, senior combo guard Stef Johnson came out hot for the Marauders, scoring 10 points in the opening 8 minutes of the game to give Mott a 31-20 advantage after one.

“Stef set the tone,” Derek Murphy had to say, “he knew his situation without me or Kenny out there, and he held it down.”

Once Mott returned to full strength in the second quarter, with Murphy slashing to the basket, and Kenny Goins dominating the paint, running the floor, and controlling the boards, the Marauders built up their largest lead of the game at 49-28 with one half of the game left.

North came out strong in the third quarter trailing only by 13 with 4:31 left in the period with senior forward Justin Kennedy doing all he could to match Goins down low on the block.  Kennedy had his moments throughout the game, he has a nice back to the basket style of play, and can score on either side of the basket.

However, Mott opened the floodgates in the fourth, and took the starters out with 4:34 remaining in the contest and coasted for the easy victory.

Goins finished with a double-double for Mott with 27 points and 18 rebounds, Derek Murphy had 24 points, and Stef Johnson contributed with 15 points of his own.

Kennedy finished with 23 points and 10 rebounds for North.

“I feel that we have the tools to be a top contender in the state,” Murphy noted, “but it’s going to have to start with our leaders.  Intensity is key.  We must play 32 minutes every night!”

Interview with Ricky Watson of Grosse Pointe North

8 May


Ricky is a 5’10”, 165 lbs junior poing guard who attends Grosse Pointe North High School and competes on Team Indiana for AAU.

Metro Detroit High School Athletics: What are some athletes you model your game after?

Ricky Watson: Trey Burke, and Keith Appling.

Metro Detroit High School Athletics: How do you feel your high school season went?

Ricky Watson: My high school season was alright, (10-11) [record]. We took a bitter first round loss to Lakeview in the first round of districts but we battled a lot of injuries this season including myself.

Metro Detroit High School Athletics: What are some skills you have and areas of your game that are coming up?

Ricky Watson: My best asset is I’m very crafty, I can get to the basket whenever & I have a strong mid range shot. My jump shot extended out to the three-point line is getting better & my ability to react quickly to what the defense gives me.

Metro Detroit High School Athletics: How do you think this AAU season is going to shape out for you?

Ricky Watson: I think it’s going to shape out good. I hope I can rack up some more interest and hopefully an offer.

Metro Detroit High School Athletics: What are some goals of your this off-season?

Ricky Watson: Just to get stronger and more explosive.

Metro Detroit High School Athletics: What can scouts expect out of you and your team this summer?

Ricky Watson: They can expect me to play hard, and give my all every possession. And to win a lot of games.

Metro Detroit High School Athletics: What are some schools you dream of playing for?

Ricky Watson: Michigan State. Growing up that is the only school I watch.

Metro Detroit High School Athletics: What are some intangibles you have?

Ricky Watson: Just very intense competitor, and I hate losing!!

Metro Detroit High School Athletics: What schools have shown interest in you so far?

Ricky Watson: Northwood, U of D [Mercy], Iowa State, has sent me mail. Findlay and Bowling Green.

Metro Detroit High School Athletics: How do you see your skills translating to the college game?

Ricky Watson: I play pretty fast up temp pace. I think it would translate pretty well.

Metro Detroit High School Athletics: What makes you different from other point guards with similar skills of yours?

Ricky Watson: I ‘m fearless! I’ll never back down from any challenge.

Metro Detroit High School Athletics: What will go into picking a school for you?

Ricky Watson: Atmosphere, how the coaches treat me, and will I be successful the next four years.

Metro Detroit High School Athletics: What will a coach and a program be getting out of a player like you?

Ricky Watson: Hard work and dedication. Knowing I will give my all every time I’m on the court.

Metro Detroit High School Athletics: Expectations for next high school season and remainder of AAU season?

Ricky Watson: To win a district title, and make all state. And hopefully get an offer from a good mid-major school.

Metro Detroit High School Athletics: What role do you see yourself playing in college?

Ricky Watson: Hopefully I can come in as a staring PG, but if not just play my role until it’s time.

Metro Detroit High School Athletics: What is a fun/interesting fact about you?

Ricky Watson: I like to ski.

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