St. Clair Shores
Lake Shore boys hoops team has most success since state title year
Posted March 17, 2017
TROY — This year’s edition of the St. Clair Shores Lake Shore boys basketball team will be one that’s remembered for some time.
The Shorians went 10-0 to win the Macomb Area Conference Gold Division, giving the team its second division championship in a row. Prior to that, Lake Shore’s last league title came in 2009.
The Shorians downed Grosse Pointe North 57-49 March 10 in a district final to clinch the program’s first postseason championship since 1994 — a year that saw the team win a Class B state title.
Lake Shore’s season would end, though, in a 65-42 loss to Troy High in a March 13 Class A regional semifinal. Troy outscored the Shorians 33-11 over the last 12 minutes of game time to seal the win.
Lake Shore ended the season at 20-4. Shorians coach Derrick Walton Sr. — who in three years with the program has amassed a 53-15 record — called the loss disappointing. Troy employed a 2-3 zone defense for much of the game, and Walton felt his players weren’t patient enough on offense.
“We just went away from what’s worked for us,” Walton said. “There’s no shot clock for us. If we keep moving the ball, we’ll get a good, open shot. We went away from that. Troy’s zone gave us problems, but we went away from what we do.”
“We knew we wanted them to beat us from the outside,” Troy coach Gary Fralick noted. “We didn’t want to allow any post touches, so we sagged off and packed everything on defense, and it worked out for us.”
Walton did reiterate how proud he is of his team, noting how much it accomplished this season. Even with the loss, the Shorians outscored opponents by 15.5 points per game in four playoff contests.
Lake Shore this season was led by a group of five senior starters: guards Mark Hill and Cortez Jackson, forwards Jaylen and Ricky Dixon, and center Davon Woodard.
The Shorians have seven players eligible to return next season, including sophomore forward Caleb Bates and freshman guard Curtis Jackson — both of whom saw extended minutes this season.
“That’s why I told them to keep their heads up after the game. We did a lot of winning,” Walton said. “Tonight was a bad night, but we had a good season, and they should remember that.”
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Staff Writer Jason Carmel Davis covers prep sports throughout Macomb County. Jason has worked for C & G Newspapers since 2011 and graduated from Michigan State University.
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