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February 28, 2014

Local boys basketball squads begin district action

By Christian Davis
C & G Sports Writer

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Local boys basketball squads begin district action
Madison Heights Bishop Foley’s Nick Gwisdalla takes a shot in a game earlier this season. Foley drew a first-round bye in its Class C regional and takes on West Bloomfield Frankel March 5 at Royal Oak Shrine.

Madison Heights Bishop Foley’s streak is on the line when the boys basketball team begins its district at Royal Oak Shrine.

The Ventures have won six straight Class C district titles and begin their quest for seven against West Bloomfield Frankel at 5:30 p.m. March 5.

“I think we’re playing some good ball,” Foley coach Marc West said. “We’ve been playing a good, high level and winning some games. Hopefully, the guys are ready to turn the corner and win some close games.”

Foley was 7-11 overall at press time with four losses by two points or fewer.

On the other side of the bracket, Southfield Bradford played Madison Heights Madison after press time. The winner takes on Shrine at 7 p.m. March 5.

West expects to see Bradford in the final. The Bulldogs are 17-2 overall.

The coach likens Bradford to Catholic High School League rival Detroit Loyola, who the Ventures have split the season series with 1-1.

“Bradford is going to force you to make plays for 32 minutes, and they’re going to come at you,” West said. “We have to play a real consistent game and take care of the ball. They’re going to try and make you turn it over, then score in transition. … We have to shoot well and make any open shot when it is there. Our guys are capable of doing that.”

The district final is 6 p.m. March 7 at Shrine.

Class B district at Clawson High
Madison Heights Lamphere opened its district against Beverly Hills Detroit Country Day March 3, after press time.

The winner takes on Pontiac Notre Dame Prep at 7 p.m. March 5.

On the other side of the bracket, Clawson High played Detroit Henry Ford after press time. Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook-Kingswood waits for the winner at 5:30 p.m. March 5.

The final is 6 p.m. March 7.

Class B district at Detroit Central Collegiate
Hazel Park High played Detroit Douglass after press time. The winner takes on the winner of Warren Fitzgerald and the host at 7:45 p.m. March 5 in a semifinal.

On the other side of the bracket, Ferndale High played Detroit Old Redford after press time. The winner meets Ferndale University at 5 p.m. March 5.

The championship is 7 p.m. March 7.

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