ST. CLAIR SHORES— St. Clair Shores Lakeview senior swingman Robert Shields is the reigning Macomb Area Conference Gold Division MVP. He made it clear that isn’t the only accolade he wants on his résumé when his prep playing days are done.
“You look up on the wall, and we haven’t won a league title (since 1982),” said Shields, one of the senior leaders of the Lakeview squad. “That’d be something great for us to have going out. It’ll be tough, but I think we have a great shot at it.”
At press time, Lakeview (10-2, 6-2 Macomb Area Conference Silver Division) sat a half-game behind Marysville for first place in the Silver. The Huskies fell 46-42 at Marysville Jan. 17. The rematch is set for 7 p.m. Feb. 12 at Lakeview.
The Huskies finished second in the league last year — its best finish since placing third in the Silver in 2003-04. Lakeview’s last district title came in 1991.
“That’s been our goal since the start of the season,” said senior forward/center Gary Tilney, who’s had games of 18 and 21 rebounds this season. “Yeah, we want to win a district and have more success in the playoffs, but we want to get that started with a league title.”
Second-year Lakeview coach John Carr said the leadership of six seniors plays a major part in the Huskies’ success. He said the players come into practice every day ready to work and improve their games.
That approach has put Lakeview on the verge of earning its most wins in a season since 2003-04, when the Huskies went 14-9. Lakeview has already doubled its number of non-league wins (four) from last season.
Lakeview’s defensive play has also been a catalyst in the team’s success. At press time, Lakeview’s 40.8 points-per-game allowed was tops in the entire 36-team MAC.
“I know a lot of high school players think working on defense might be tedious, but these guys seem to really take to it,” Carr said. “They know what the end result is, when you play good defense, and they’re seeing good results.”
Carr said his goal is to hold opponents under 50 points. The Huskies have held 11 teams under 50 points, even in their two losses. Lakeview has held five teams to fewer than 40 points and two under 30.
The schedule sets up nicely for the Huskies the rest of the way. Of the team’s six remaining MAC Silver tilts, four are at home.
“That’ll give us a good shot at (winning the league),” Carr said. “If we protect home court and stay focused, we’ll be in the race until the end.”
The Huskies next hit the court for a MAC Silver battle against Madison Heights Lamphere, set for 7 p.m. Feb. 8 at Lamphere.