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Godwin Heights Edges Out Milan 70-64 For Spot In Class B Final

27 Mar

IMG_0303Down goes number one.  There will be a new recipient for the Class B crown following Wyoming Godwin Heights’ 70-64 victory against defending class champion Milan.

It wasn’t pretty, but there are no style points this time of year.  The Wolverines shot a porous 32.9% field goal percentage the entire game, 6-23 from beyond the arch, and 23-70 overall.

Fortunately for Godwin Heights, shots fell in the most important time, the fourth quarter.  With the game tied at 57 and three minutes remaining, Godwin went on a 8-2 spurt to seize control from Milan.  Six of those eight points were junior guard Leon Redd’s.  An and-one three point play, and then a cold blooded trifecta to place Godwin up six with under a 1:30 to play.  Often the case in that situation, a player would be told not to take the shot, but to work the clock and draw a foul.  However, not under first year head coach Tyler Whittemore, his players always have the green light.

“Told him to shoot it,” said of Redd’s shot.  “He’s a tough kid, confident, he knew he as going to make that shot, I knew he was going to make that shot if he got the ball.”

Redd scored 12 of his 19 points in the final stanza of play.  The senior combination of Delaney Blaylock and Mike Williams also had crucial efforts on the night as well.  The 6’4″ Williams was matched-up against Buffalo bound 6’7″ Nick Perkins, Nick scored 21, but scored just six points in the fourth and was 8-19 from the floor.  Williams concluded the contest with double-double of 13 points and 13 boards, nine of which were offensive.

“He’s been guarding the other team’s biggest/best player and most physical players,” Whittermore said of Williams.  “Being only 6’4,” but with the biggest  hear that’s the biggest thing that he does.  Plays hard and moves his feet quite well, and he’s able to get above the rim.”

The Wolverines out-rebounded the Big Reds offensively 25-19.

“We work hard in practice on offensive rebounding,” said Blaylock.  “Rebounding is just what we do.”

For Blaylock, he was part of the Wolverine backcourt that limited future Youngstown State Penguin guard Latin Davis 17 total points on 8-19 shooting, and five in the fourth.  Davis holds state-records for three pointers made in the championship round of play, which he accomplished just last year.  Davis was a major assignment for the Wolverines coming into play.

“Just keeping turning them back and forth,” said Whittermore.  “Getting the ball in other guy’s hand, had them make plays, see what they could do with it.”

“We had five guys guard him, deny him when he doesn’t have it.  Help the helper.”

Both Williams and Blaylock were just sophomores the last time Godwin Heights made a Breslin Center appearance, 2013, a loss to Detroit Community in the semi-finals.  The Wolverines face Henry Ford representing the Detroit PSL for Class B supremacy Saturday night.

Milan’s Latin Davis Commits To Youngstown State

22 Sep

kepatmeretezes_hu_LatinDavis2Milan senior point guard Latin Davis has already accomplished numerous accolades throughout his high school playing career.  Such as recognized for the Class B all-state team, and leading his Big Reds to the Class B crown as a junior.  The latest achievements for Davis was his decision on where he will play next year in college, the Youngstown State Penguins of the Horizon League.

“It feels good,” Davis had to say,  “I feel great about my decision.”

The Penguins currently have four players from the greater Detroit area on their roster for the upcoming season.  Perhaps one reason for Youngstown State connection to the region is assistant coach Steve Hall.  Hall, who attended and played for Cass Tech in high school, guided Detroit Rogers Academy to three straight MHSAA Class D titles (2003-2005), before resurrecting the ailing Northwestern program to their first city league title since 1978 in 2008.

In addition to Coach Hall as Davis’ main recruiter, Latin also felt a connection to the campus as well.  He committed while on an official visit, and says he enjoyed the atmosphere, and hanging out with his soon to be teammates.  Another aspect of the Penguin program Latin appreciated was the educational opportunities Youngstown State provides.  Basketball won’t last forever according to Latin, and placed a heavy emphasis on schooling during the recruiting process.

“They really have a great academic program,” Davis mentioned, “they want all of their players too graduate and their team has a overall gpa of 3.0.  So I’m looking to get a good education first then basketball.”

Youngstown made Latin a priority in their class of 2015 because they liked his ability to attack the basket, create for teammates, and shoot the three.  For now, Davis returns to Milan for his last year of high school eligibility.  The Big Reds are amongst the favorites to win Class B this year.  Davis’ partner in crime will be 6’8″ power forward Nick Perkins, who has several division offers to decide between right now.  With Latin on the perimeter, and Nick down low, the two have set lofty goals of finishing high school careers strong this season.

“(We will) Try to get back to the Breslin Center,” Davis aid, “both of us (Latin and Nick) have too lead.

Milan Duo on The Rise

29 Sep

High school and AAU teammates Nick Perkins and Latin Davis of Milan High School have both risen on the Michigan’s 2015 rankings list over the past few months during the summer playing for The Program Elite 16u.  Now, heading into their junior season’s, scholarship offers from colleges are starting to roll in.

images-1Perkins, a 6’8″ forward who already has offers from MAC schools Toledo and Buffalo, recently received an offer from Kent State after the Golden Flashes stopped in at Milan for a workout.  Nick is a big bodied 4 that is hard to contain down low in the post once he gets in a rhythm offensively.  He has a beautiful left handed hook shoot, moves well horizontally and fights well for position on rebounds, and competes hard on both sides of the floor.   Perkins brings a high motor and intensity, and will become harder to defend when his right hand gets as developed as his left.

images-2Latin, the 5’10” point, received his first offer from Kent State after receiving interest from several Horizon and MAC schools.  Davis is another competitor for Milan that plays bigger than he looks.  The shifty, unselfish point guard is a coaches dream on the floor.  He is always looking to set up other teammates, whether it be on the break or in the half-court set.  But Latin can score as well.  He is not afraid to drive the lane against bigger players down low, likes to score in bunches, and has a quick first step to get around defenders.  Improved his jump shot tremendously over the Summer which kept defenders honest.

The Big Reds fell to Romulus last year in the regionals, but look for Perkins and Latin to both have big seasons and potentially lead Milan to the Breslin Center to compete for a Class A championship.

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