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Salem Betters Rival Canton 50-49

8 Mar

“I knew I was going to make it” said Salem junior guard Allante Wheeler referring to his free-throw made with under five seconds left in the Rocks district final contest vs. rival Canton. “Before the game I shot around 50 free throws on that rim, plus I went to that line before and my form and everything felt good.”

After Canton senior Greg Williams tied the game with around one minute left in the contest, Salem decided to hold the ball for the final shot of the game.  With 16 seconds left, the Rocks made their move.  On the left wing, Wheeler took the ball to the rack, got fouled and hit one free-throw to send the Rocks to the MHSAA’s regional championships next weekend starting Monday.

With the win, Salem avenges an early season loss on December 13th against the Chiefs by a 60-56 decision.  A key in Salem’s transition from a loss vs. Canton to a win was the defense the Rocks implored on Eastern Michigan commit Jordan Nobles.  In the earlier matchup of the season, Nobles scored 18 points and 10 rebounds.  Vs. Canton in the district final, Nobles only had six points and 3 rebounds.

Coming off the bench and providing a lift for your team offensively in a playoff game is always difficult, however, Wheeler found success with his role of being the 6th man.  Wheeler knocked down his first shot, a three, and hit eight free throws the  entire game, most of which came in the fourth, to score a team high 13 points.

“I think I played 150% better than the first meeting between us” Wheeler had to say.  “I think that had a big outcome on the win but it was all set up by the team and coach.”

Salem held a one to five point lead throughout most of the ball game, and never trailed by more than three points in the first half.  After leading 15-11 at the end one, and thanks to guards Brady Cole, Connor Cole, and Alec Winfrey, the Rocks were able to build their largest lead of the game 24-17 with :55 seconds left in the first half.

Canton rallied in the third to eventually lead 34-33 after a Nobles bucket with 3:25 left in the quarter, however the Chiefs would never lead the rest of the game, the only time the game was tied was when Wheeler hit his game winning free-throw.

For Salem, Wheeler had 13 points and three rebounds, Brady Cole with 10 points, and Tyler Brooks had 8 points.

Canton was led by Davon Taylor with 16 points and 13 rebounds, and fellow senior Greg Williams had 19 points for the Chiefs.

Westland John Glenns Earns 56-51 Kensington Conference Championship Victory Over Salem

23 Feb

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The Rockets of Westland John Glenn started the 2013-2014 basketball season a lethargic 2-3 in the non-conference portion of their schedule, but gained momentum after senior Isaac Everett returned to the lineup after starting the campaign with a broken thumb.  Glenn eventually righted the ship to go 9-1 in league play and win KLAA Kensington South Division, their third in a row, and now their first Kensington Conference title for head coach Dan Young who will be stepping down at the conclusion of the season.

Senior Isaac Everette, a member of last year’s Glenn team which saw their hopes of winning the Kensington Conference fall one point short to rival Canton, came out and started the first quarter and scored nine of his game high 26 points, which helped the Rockets gain a 21-10 advantage over Salem.

“This feels great. I’ve been thinking about that since it happened,”  Everette had to say after the game. “I’m glad to be holding this trophy and being a winner.”

After only scoring seven points in the second quarter of play, Glenn started the third on a 10-4 run  to lead 44-33 heading into the fourth with 6’7″ senior James Pruitt on the court who fell victim to foul trouble in the first half.

Salem would not go away easy on their home court, led by senior Connor Cole, the Rocks would cut into the Rockets lead beginning the fourth on a 9-3 run, with Cole scoring 10 of his team-high 16 points in the final frame.  The Rocks would eventually only trail by four points with 1:25 left remaining.  The man Salem wished to send to the foul line in an attempt to prolong the game was the senior Everette.  Isaac went only 3-7 through the duration of the game, however, Everette hit six straight crucial free-throws to seal the second championship Glenn has won this season.

“They’re the best offensive rebounding team we’ve played all year,” Coach Young had to say after the game.  “They run their system and it’s hard to guard. They pass really well, it’s a great system and it’s great coaching.”

James Pruitt chipped in the Rockets victory with double-double, 10 points and 16 rebounds, junior Mychael Bradley had seven points in the win as well.

Glenn will now host the KLAA’s Lakes Conference winner, Lakeland, Thursday night at John Glenn for the KLAA Association title.

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