CK boys basketball enjoying one of best seasons in program history

By: Mike Moore | Birmingham - Bloomfield Eagle | Published February 12, 2018

BLOOMFIELD HILLS — Shane Finney is the boys basketball coach at Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook-Kingswood.

In his own words, he really doesn’t have a natural basketball player on his roster. And quite frankly, that’s just fine by him.

“We have a group of kids who are just winners,” Finney said. “They’ve won in football and soccer and baseball and so on. They’ve come together and put it together with the basketball team.”

Together to the tune of a 13-0 record at press time, the best start to a season in program history.

“I’ll say this: I’m not surprised with the success,” Finney said with a laugh. “But I don’t think anyone expected us to be undefeated at this point.”

“I think it’s a matter of guys coming ready to work,” said senior captain Tim Hauxwell, who is a four-year varsity vet. “It starts at practice. Guys are committed. They put in the work that’s required. … I don’t know if we’re totally surprised (to be undefeated), but we’re very happy. The success has come from the work we’ve put in.”

To Finney’s point, he said he has five football players who reached the regional round of the state playoffs, a few soccer players who’ve known nothing but success on the pitch, and baseball players who had a great 2017 and expect more winning in 2018 when the snow eventually melts.

“It’s a rare team where we have great athletes,” Finney said.

Don’t be misled, though. He still has guys more than capable of playing on the hardwood, as well.

Alex Finney leads the team in scoring (12 points per game) and is near the top in rebounding (eight).

He’s a verbal commit to play baseball at Ohio University.

Junior Terrell Williams is averaging nine points, five assists and four steals from the point, while All-State soccer player Clark Doman is the main defensive force for the Cranes.

That defense, by the way, is allowing less than 40 points per game.

“They are capable of getting after people,” the coach said. “The thing I love is this group loves to play defense. They challenge one another, and they like playing together. I think that is very unique. The chemistry with this group is spectacular. They’re goofy; they have fun. It’s just a group that’s enjoyable to be around.”

“We think it’s kind of cool not being basketball players, so to speak,” Hauxwell said. “Everybody brings something different to the table, whether it’s football guys and (their) size, or soccer guys and their quickness, or baseball guys and their coordination.”

The record start to the season has only inflated hopes moving forward, as the Cranes take aim at a first Catholic High School League title when the league tournament begins Feb. 17.

Beyond that, the district round is sure to be entertaining.

“These guys have set goals, and any chance there is a trophy on the line, they want to win it,” Finney said. “They are looking forward to these challenges. They believe they can play with anybody right now.”

“If we can put our mind to it, we believe we can go as far as the ball will roll,” Hauxwell boasted. “We expect a deep run. Our best basketball hasn’t shown up yet, and when it does, we could be scary.”