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Renaissance Hangs On Against St. Mary’s 43-41

7 Mar

IMG_0211-2Renaissance junior standout Justin Turner did not score a single point in his team’s game against Orchard Lake St. Mary’s for the Operation Friendship consolation contest.

Fortunately for Turner and Renaissance, the Phoenix are not solely driven by Turner.  Senior point guard Darryl Smith led Renaissance with a game-high 17 points, including five threes.  While junior division one football recruit Alaric Jackson held down the paint for 15 points and 12 rebounds.

With 1:58 left in the fourth, Smith connected on a three to place Renaissance up four.  The Phoenix would still lead by two with less than a minute remaining.  Under thirty seconds now to play, Smith missed the front end of a one-and-one.  Boswell pushed the ball, but his lay-up was off the mark.  Sophomore point guard C.J. Wilson sneaked in for the rebound, and St. Mary’s called a timeout holding the ball with 16.5 seconds.  The Eaglets elected to go for the win, and Wilson’s three fell off the side of the rim.  A tussle for the ball killed the clock.  Renaissance victory.

Jason Boswell led St. Mary’s with 15 points, while Jalon Bailey came off the bench for 14 points.

Renaissance will play and host Detroit Mumford in first round of district play.  The Mustangs handed Renaissance one of their seven losses in early January.

The loss evens OLSM’S regular-season record to 10-10.  Next up for the Eaglets will be 19-1 Walled Lake Western in the first round of Walled Lake Central’s district.

Three-Peat. U of D Jesuit Earns CHSL Crown 58-44 Against St. Mary’s

1 Mar

3L9A9085“The more things change, the more they say the same.”

University of Detroit Jesuit replaced four starters from a season ago.  The one man that remained, junior point guard Cassius Winston, simply owns the Catholic League.  In his three years of high school, Winston has won three straight Catholic League regular season and tournament crowns.  Cassius and the word victory are often inalterable when discussing U of D.

“He’s a good player,” Jesuit head coach Pat Donnelly said of Winston.  “He’s a leader out there on the floor, and we hold him accountable, and in turn he holds other people accountable.”

St. Mary’s strategy was to force someone not named Winston beat them for the third time on the year.  And it worked, up to a point.  The Eaglets held Winston to a meager two points in the opening half on just 1-5 from the floor.

Winston knew he needed to impact the game in other aspects if U of D was to win their third consecutive A-B Division Championship.  Six of his team-high ten assists occurred in the first half, Jesuit led 25-17 at intermission.

“That’s fine with me,” Winston said of his distributing role.  “As long as everyone’s happy.”

St. Mary’s would stick around, however.  Keeping the deficit around 7-10 points throughout the third quarter.  The Eaglets decided to use a smaller lineup against a vertically-gifted Cub front-line, and able to cut the lead to seven twice aided by seven uncharacteristic U of D third quarter turnovers.

“They went to a smaller lineup, they we’re beating us off the dribble,” Donnelly added.  “I just thought our match ups defensively with a smaller lineup we’re a little bit more in our favor.”

U of D then opened the floodgates in the fourth.  Slowly but surely, Jesuit built a double-digit, from 7-0 the first two minutes, then a 11-5 spurt three minutes after to comfortably distance themselves from the Eaglets and hold a lead at one point by 24 points.

“We pride ourselves to make those spurts,” said Winston.  “I guess sometimes we save them up sometimes for late.”  “We came out in the first half lackadaisical, and second half they (coaches) got into us a little bit.”

The entire U of D season, Winston has been the leader for the Cubs.  In games against the state’s elite, Cassius has provided twenty and even thirty point performances.  The CHSL title, not so much.  Aside from Winston, three fellow Cubs scored double figures, senior guard Gary Collins, junior forward Matt Schearer, and sophomore forward Greg Eboigboden all contributed 10 points to the victory.  Cassius ended the day with 12 points, 10 assists, and seven rebounds.

The supporting cast the Cubs will need to return to the Breslin Center in late March.

Next on the schedule for U of D is Operation Friendship, a date with the PSL champs, Detroit Western, undefeated and ranked number one in the state Saturday at Calihan Hall.  There is a strong possibility the contest is a preview for a later matchup in the Class A semi-finals.  But for Winston’s, he takes it as just another game.

“It’s going to be another game, we’re going to play our game.”

(Photo Courtesy of Paul Snyder)

Half-way Review

25 Sep

The season has gone by really fast for some reason this year, it seems that just last week, we were talking about Cass Tech’s showdown against Brother Rice.  Nether the less, DPS playoffs will start in 2 weeks and I will give a team-by-team review and will discuss my predictions for the second half of the season.  Lets start with the West League

Cass Tech-  The Technicians have lived up to the pre-season hype the surrounded them for the entire off-season.  I have been impressed how the players and coaching staff have managed new uniforms, national rankings, and a tough non-conference schedule.  Cass got off the a hot start this year beating Rice 25-18, followed by two easy wins before struggling in the first half against Cody.  However, they stubbed their toe against Orchard Lake St. Marys this past friday and showed some weakness against the run.  With that being said I have been impressed with the depth of this team.  I was worried that having so many division one recruits would cause turmoil in the locker room.  I couldn’t have been more wrong, transfers such as Joe Journey, Damon Webb and Dejuan Rogers have filled in nicely with all ready known players such as Jourdan Lewis and David Dawson.  Cass has two winnable games coming up before the city playoffs so I expect them to be 6-1 and they will definitely be the team to beat in the playoffs.

Cody- Coming into the season, I wondered who would be the team behind Cass in the PSL west division.  Cody has surprised me this year.  The Comets started off with a rough 35-0 loss to Detroit Catholic Central but rebounded nicely pulling of two convincing wins against Ford and Mumford respectively before running into Cass Tech.  Cody hung in early, but Cass had just too much depth and over powered the Comets in the second half.  Recently, Cody won a huge road game 12-6 over Renaissance.  This win has certainly put them in position to make the city playoffs this year.  Personnel wise, the Comets are led by dual threat Quarterback DeMarco Gulley, who as passed for almost 700 yards this season and has also eclipsed 400 yards rushing on the campaign.  Gulley has loads of offensive talent to distribute the ball to, such as the multi-versatile Eddie Flucker and the always dangerous Kenyon Bell.  Running back Eli-Kevin Phillips has also emerged as a go to player on the Cody offense.  Cody plays Western this week with a chance to clinch a city playoff berth.

Ford- Ford had high expectations coming into the season, reaching last years Division 2 City Championship Game but only lost to Douglass.  Ford has had to change the offense this year losing last years dual threat Quarterback Victor Edge.  However, Ford has also returned last years playmakers Alonzo Bell and Jalin Moore both having the ability to play offense and defense.  Ford started off the campaign with a disappointing loss to Pershing 12-0, and the following week lost 54-0 over Cody.  The Trojans  have won 2 out of the last three to possess a 2-3 record this season.  Ford now has to win their 4 remaining games this season if they wish to qualify for the state playoff for the 2nd straight year.

Renaissance- The Phoenix knew that coming into this season they would be a young team only carrying 9 seniors on the roster.  Renaissance was looking to improve upon a previous season in which they made the city playoff and this year the Phoenix got off to a sluggish start opening the season with a tough loss to the always State Championship Contenders the Hawks of Farmington Hills Harrison.  But rebounded nicely routing Western International 41-6.  The following week, Renaissance was featured in the DPS Game of the Week, but this game did not look like a game that was supposed to be competitive, getting blanked 44-0 to Cass.  The Phoenix won the following week setting up a monumental game in the PSL West division last weekend.  The Comets of Cody were victorious 12-6 in which they seemed to have clinched a city playoff berth.    Renaissance will now have to win if they hope to make their State Playoff dreams a reality.

Western- Western made a huge move in the off-season.  Bringing in the well-known head coach Andre Harlan over from rival Southwestern to coach the team this year.  Following Harlan across I-75 were a group of very talented players, especially a sophomore named Romello Ross who rushed for over 1,000 yards his freshmen season at Southwestern.  The Cowboys opened their new era at Garden City High School to play the Cougars.  This game was a very close game in the first-half, both defenses were looked strong.  But in the end Garden City was just too much to handle for the Cowboys.  Western was than held to less than 10 points in two losses to U of D Jesuit and Renaissance respectively.  However, the following weekend, Coach Harlan won his first game as a Cowboy Coach bettering Mumford 26-10.  Romello Ross led the way rushing for 133 yards on 13 carries for the host Cowboys.  This previous weekend, Western won a nail-biter in a game that came down to a two point conversion in which the Cowboys prevailed 20-18.  The Cowboys are now faced with the daunting task over winning their 4 remaining games, including a game vs. Cody, if they wish to make the State Playoffs under their first year coach.

Mumford- Coach Donshell English is no stranger to success in the PSL.  English was the coach at Southeastern who with stand-out defensiv end William Gholston, who regularly made deep playoff runs.  Coach English has had limited success this year with his Mustangs carrying a win-less record.  Mumford has been held scoreless three times this year, most notably a 48-0 lost to Cody.  English will ultimately get this program turned around.  This is a relatively young team with some good talent.  Look for Mumford to be a legitimate contender in the PSL with the next couple of years.

Northwestern- First year coach Jimmy Hill knew that he must improve upon his offense coming into this season to be competitive this season in the PSL West this year.  The previous season the Colts’ offense amassed less than 80 points.  Hill has certainly improved that number this season as his Colts have scored more than 100 points this season, most notably a 62-0 beat down over Ford Academy for Creative Studies.  The Colt must improve upon their defense not only for this year but for years to come.  In the first two weeks alone, the Colts surrendered 87 points to Central and Cass.  I know that Cass is stacked but they still put their back-ups in, a first team should be somewhat competitive with a second team.  Northwestern certainly has the talent to contend in the PSL in years to follow.  They play Mumford this week to try win two games this year.  Which would equal the previous season with two wins.

Game of the Week 9/21/12

20 Sep

Cass Tech @ Orchard Lake St. Marys 7:00 PM

The game of the week for this week will not take place in the city of Detroit this week, instead a game that will be played in Orchard Lake Michigan will be as the Division 1 and Division 3 State Champions battle it out in a mid-season non-conference game.  The Eaglets are coming off a complete dismantling of U of D Jesuit beating the Cubs 43-7 last week.  The Technicians look to keep their perfect season in-tact coming of a 46-20 win over the Cody Comets.  A key to victory for Cass in this game will be to stop the run game of St. Marys.  The Eaglets have two running backs, Grant Niemiec and Parker McInnis, who are threats to score any time they touch the ball.  Cass will also have to take advantage of their playmakers on the perimeter, especially the likes of Damon Webb and Jourdan Lewis.  I like Cass in this game because of their athletic superiority at the playmaker position.  Could the number one team in the State of Michigan go down in this game?  All will be revealed on a RED TURF this friday night.


Cass Tech 24   Orchard Lake 18

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