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Loyola Junior Dequan Powell Comes Up Big IN 65-62 Win Over Notre Dame Prep

24 Jan

photo-4In high school sports, moments occur which bring schools, fans, teams, and communities together for a common purpose.

Detroit Loyola led Pontiac Notre Dame Prep 41-24 with 5:35 seconds remaining in the third quarter.  Yet, Notre Dame never ceased.

Sophomore point guard Tariq Derrickson would connect on three three-pointers to trim the Bulldog lead down to single digits within three minutes.  Derrickson missed six of his first seven shots he took on the night, but exploded for four three pointers in the third and 21 of his game high 27 points came in the second half.  Loyola however would still lead 44-39 with one quarter left.

The final 50 seconds of play saw two ties and three lead changes.  Derrickson hit an elbow jumper with four seconds remaining to knot the score at 62, but still time for the Bulldogs to make a move.  Senior Demarco Dickerson inbounded the ball to junior Dequan Powell, Powell would beat a corner double-team, took four dribbles, and rose up with a foot on the Notre Dame Prep side of half court for the game winner, a perfect bank shot off the white square. All in a matter of four seconds.

And was stampeded at half court by fans and players with arms of embracement.

“They say he was a sophomore,” Powell alluded to Derrickson after the game. “He had the mid-range on me to tie the score up, and all I was thinking I had to come back and make a play.”

“I just shot it up.”

Through seven games, Detroit Loyola ranked second in Class C, has won by an average margin of 14 points.  As Loyola transitions deeper into CHSL play, Powell believes the moments of adversity his team faced against Notre Dame Prep will only prepare his Bulldogs for the team’s ultimate goal, winning the conference championship.

“Huge (momentum wise), come back tomorrow next day for practice get better,” Powell added. “It’s all about getting better everyday.”

Powell contributed 15 points, five assists, four rebounds, and four steals.  Freshman backcourt mate Pierre Mitchell chipped in with 16 points, and senior Demarco Dickerson added 13 points and four rebounds.

Loyola improves to 8-2, while Notre Dame falls to 8-2.

Link to video of Dequan’s game winner. 

Hype Scrimmage Day Two Recap

1 Dec

Detroit Loyola

Pierre Mitchell ( 2018 5’9″ point guard)- Mitchell has yet to play in a high school regular season game, but plays with the poise and confidence many freshman do not have.  First off, he’s a scorer, from all three levels.  He can shoot the three, score in the mid-range with deadly floaters and runners, and finish against taller defenders at the rim.  But Pierre can also be a true point guard.  He made some flashy passes on the break, and can quickly beat defenders off the bounce going either direction and get into the lane.  Mitchell can also be a pesk when Loyola decides to pressure opposing team’s ball handlers.

De’Quan Powell (2016 5’10” combo guard)- Powell should pair nicely with Mitchell in the Bulldog back court.  De’Quan increased his production on the day with the absence of DeMarco Dickerson.  He hit some contested mid-range jump shots at the elbow, and made some nifty drives to the basket.  But where De’Quan made a significant impact on Loyola’s games throughout the day was on the defensive end of the floor.  He takes pride in his defense, as he hustled to loose balls, got on the floor, and came away with steals.

Melvindale ABT

Elijah Smith (2017 6’5″ forward)- Smith is hard to miss when he’s on the floor, a 6’5″ 200 + lbs frame.  Smith seems to enjoy contact, using his body to carve out space vs. smaller opponents to get his hand on almost every rebound.  Don’t mistake him for being slow, he’ll get up and down the court just fine, and get off the court in a hurry as well.

Ann Arbor Skyline

Brandon Wade (6’0″ combo guard)- Another freshman guard yet to play a high school game.  Wade has good range on his jump shot, with a smooth and fluid release.  Moves well without the ball in his hand, showed flashes of being able to take defenders off the dribble, kept his head and set up teammates to score, and always seemed to be around the ball on defense.  Skyline will be a interesting team to follow this year.

Other standouts:

Lavail Russell (Melvindale ABT 5’10” point guard)

Jack Ammerman (Ann Arbor Skyline 5’9″ shooting guard)

U of D Jesuit Betters Loyola 75-60

18 Jan

cwinston-player-picThe University of Detroit Jesuit Cubs after a long week of studying for final exams showed the ability to balance both books and basketball at the same time, getting the win over city Jesuit rival the Loyola Bulldogs 75-60.  U of D tallest player on the team is 6’4″ senior McDonald’s All American nominee Noah King, but don’t take that lightly, the Cubs have a plethora of scrappy guards, such as Billy Thomas and Spencer Sanders, that consistently made big plays all night long for U of D, to go along with the number two prospect in Michigan for 2016 Cassius Winston.

It seems like every game I have attended this week has been decided in the first quarter, and the theme would not change for this one.  U of D opened up the game on a 13-6 run and then eventually led after the first quarter 31-14.  The play of sophomore guard Billy Thomas is what got the Cubs going offensively, often overshadowed by fellow classmate Cassius Winston, Billy could easily be a top 20 prospect in 2016 if he played on any other team.  Regardless, Thomas opened up the game with three 3 pointers, all of which came off passes from Sanders or Winston.  In the second quarter,  Loyola tried to slow the game down, not letting U of D get out in transition where they are dangerous.  The Bulldogs cut the lead down to 12 late in the second quarter at 33-21, the closet the margin would be as the Cubs closed the quarter on a 15-2 run to lead 48-23 at halftime, and never looked back coasting for the easy victory.

It was another typical day at the office for Cassius Winston, stuffing the stat sheet in just about every way, steals, rebounds, assists, and points.  The game comes so easy to him, he doesn’t over react to situations and plays every play with a focused demeanor, he finished up with 17 points, 4 rebounds, and seven assists.  Billy Thomas continued his hot shooting also in the second half, he is a dangerous spot up shooter on the wing or in the corner, he had 19 points and 5 rebounds in the win. Senior glue man Noah King contributed a 15 point and seven rebound performance, and the wildcard in the win was the play of Spencer Sanders.  Sanders did a fantastic job all night applying ball pressure to Loyola’s guards in their half-court offense, which resulted in multiple steals and easy layups in transition for the Cubs, he finished with 8 points and 6 assists on the night.

Harvey Caddell and Demarco Dickerson each at 14 points for Loyola on the night, and junior guard Michael Owens chipped in with 10 points,

Loyola is now 7-2 with the loss, while U of D Jesuit improves to 7-1 on the young season moving into Catholic League Central Division play.

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