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East English Village Routes Taylor Kennedy 85-63

27 Feb

IMG_0166Detroit East English Prep junior Kamari Newman did not appear in the starting lineup against Taylor Kennedy.  Quite the oddity for a Detroit Public School League All-City first team member.

“I didn’t practice yesterday because my ankles,” Newman said following the game.  “So I had to come off the bench, so that was nothing.”

And nothing it was.

Newman poured in a team-high 23 points off the bench as the number 20 ranked Bulldogs routed twenty-fifth ranked Taylor Kennedy 85-63.

“Everybody contributed to offense, everyone played solid defense, it was a good solid overall win for our team,” said Newman.

Aside from Kamari, three other Bulldogs contributed double-figures scoring wise.  6’4″ forward Cedric Lattimore tallied 19, front court mate Jaylin McFadden added 14 points to go along with seven rebounds, and senior point guard Fred Jones contributed 11 points.  Compared to Kennedy with just two players with more than nine points.

“It doesn’t matter whose scoring,” Newman added. “Me, Chris (Rollins), Ced (Lattimore), Nate (Bowlware).  It doesn’t matter everybody can pretty much go-off.”

As much as the Bulldogs are talented offensively, The Village’s defense also impacted the game.  EEVP’s full-court pressing defense caused 22 Kennedy turnovers.  10 of those occurred in the third quarter, where East English outscored the Eagles 25-10 after a narrow lead of six at intermission.  Other than senior guard Andia Marsh, only one additional Eagle scored more than five points in the second half.  Marsh finished with 21 points to lead Kennedy.

“Our defense, that’s one of the biggest things about our team,” Newman mentioned.  “We lock-up, we play defense at practice just like we play in a game.”

East English Village decided to take 13 days off since their last game, a narrow four point loss to Renaissance in the city semi-final.  Much has been expected of this Bulldog squad since the pre-season. East English won 10-12 contests against league competition, the other loss was against Detroit Western, the state’s number one ranked team.  In March, however, the Bulldogs could possibly only face one PSL team en route to the Breslin Center, a rematch with Detroit Western in the regionals.  The Village isn’t short on talent to have reservations for East Lansing in late March.

“The city championship loss, that just made us hungry,” Newman said.  “So we can get ready for this state playoff run.”

“Defense and rebounding, that’s going to be our main goals.”

Kennedy Shows League Superiority With Win Over Anderson

6 Feb

Taylor Kennedy is in a class of their own within the Downriver League.  The Eagles sit alone top of the conference with a two game lead over Woodhaven and Allen Park.

The latest win for the Eagles was against Southgate Anderson, the lone blemish on Kennedy’s conference record of 8-1.

“Tonight we played good help side defense,” senior point guard Andia Marsh said.  “Last time we settled for long threes, this time we dissected their zone and got layups and free throws.”

Marsh scored Kennedy’s first five points of the game, and finished with a team high 19.  The Eagles built a six point advantage after the opening eight minutes of play.  The deciding quarter was the second.  Kennedy limited Anderson to five points  the entire second quarter, while holding the Titan senior guard trio of Dejon Matthews, Juwan Graham, and Trey Harris to a combined 13 first half points.

Kennedy led by 14 at half, and would lead by a comfortable margin the remainder of the game.  Marsh said he started to suffer from cramps as the game went on, and scored only four points in the second half.  However, fellow seniors also contributed for Kennedy.  Shooting guard Anton Hogan scored nine points and rebounded six balls, 6’3″ forward Ciante Roach scored six points with 13 rebounds, and junior Charles Pritchett missed one shot on the night, but with three baskets and six free-throws, contributed 12 points and five rebounds.

“The bench came in with the same energy or more it never went down,” Marsh added. “When they saw I couldn’t really move they realized they had to step up and contribute more and that’s exactly what they did.”

The Eagles find themselves in a position the program hasn’t been in for four years, first place.  That 2009-2010 team eased to the conference championship with a record of 9-0, and made an appearance in the state quarterfinals.  Marsh aspires to greater lengths, but knows it is better to start off small.  An outright conference title has been one of Marsh’s goals for the past four years.

“It would be a great accomplishment,” Marsh said. “In my four years we never won a league, district or anything. But our goals are way more then just a league title, it would be great but we have our sight set on something bigger. But it would be a great accomplishment for the entire team.”

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Taylor Kennedy’s Andia Marsh Enjoying Early Season Success

24 Dec

DT Andia Marsh and Foster-MOne goal every high school basketball player sets is to reach 1,000 career points.  To reach this goal, most players would have to play three if not four years of varsity basketball.  Taylor Kennedy senior guard Andia Marsh has not only received significant playing time since a freshman, he has only raised his scoring totals each of year of high school.  From 11 points per game as a 9th grader, to 15 sophomore year, last season with 17 points per game, and eventually this season averaging 27 points through four games, culminating in reaching the 1,000 point club in a game against Detroit Community at the Romulus Winners’ Circle Classic.

“It feels great to know that all my long nights and early mornings in the gym have payed off and is being recognized, it’s an honor,” Marsh had to say.

“But without my coaches and teammates it would have been impossible.”

Kennedy is a member of the Downriver League.  The general perception of the league is as of a football conference, in fact, the league has never won a basketball state championship.  Marsh is aware the league doesn’t have the strongest competition in the state, but has produced players that can compete with anyone in the country.  In particular, Marsh points to ’14 Taylor Truman graduate Aaron Foster-Smith, and Kennedy alums Aaron Hayes and Breland Hogan as players he looks up to.  Foster-Smith is currently a freshman at U of D Mercy, Hayes is at Grand Valley State, while Hogan is enjoying a professional playing career in Europe.

The reputation for Marsh is a fearless competitor, and his play style resembles the worth ethic instilled to him by his parents and coaches.  At 6’2″185 pounds, Marsh has pleasure in using his size to physically assert his will to the basket.  He never backdowns from contact, but also exerts a high basketball IQ, and has developed into a quality on-ball defender.  Not only has his scoring picked up each year, as a point guard, Marsh also has raised his assists per game each year as well.  After one as a freshman, two sophomore year, five junior year, Marsh has been averaging nearly seven assists through the early portion of senior year, coinciding with scoring performances  of 35, 32, and 28 respectively.

Call him cocky, but Andia is one confident kid.  He views himself as a top ten player in Michigan’s 2015 class.  Marsh is motivated by many overlooking and underrating his talents.  Bowling Green, Eastern Michigan, and U of D Mercy are a few schools he is considering at the moment.  Marsh doesn’t have any favorites he mentioned, he’s just fueled to become a college basket ball player.  He wants a comfortable place where he can achieve his academic goals and graduate with a four year degree, and then focus on basketball.  However, in ten years, Marsh still envisions himself playing the game he loves on some platform.

“I know I have what it takes to play in the NBA, and if not over seas.” Marsh stated.  “I know the chances of paying in the NBA are slim to none, but I believe in my work ethic my parents installed in me as a kid.”

“I know  the work and competition only gets harder, but I’m ready to take on that challenge and fulfill my dreams.”

His junior year, Kennedy went over .500 for the first time in Marsh’s career.  The taste of success has spurred Marsh to set lofty goals for his final high school career.  First, he wants to win a state championship, second, he wants to be known as the best player to ever graduate from Kennedy, and third, Marsh believes he can and is worthy of receiving the coveted Mr. Basketball Award.  To accomplish these feats, Marsh is thankful to the individuals who have shaped him into the person and player he is today.

“My parents, my AAU teammates, my high school teammates, all all my coaches from Michigan United to Taylor Kennedy.”

“I want to thank every that believes and support me, I will keep working hard to achieve greatness no matter what it takes.”

 

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