Clawson, Royal OakMarch 13, 2014
Royal Oak, Clawson boys basketball teams fall in playoffs
By Christian Davis
C & G Sports Writer
The season came to a close for local boys basketball teams.
In Class A, Royal Oak High fell to Oak Park High 55-43 March 3 at Southfield-Lathrup in a Class A district opener.
“Oak Park is one of the more talented teams in the area,” Royal Oak coach Mike Massucci said. “I was pleased with the tempo, as we held them well below their average. We just had trouble scoring. Credit (Oak Park); they play aggressive defense on the perimeter and protect the hoop very well.”
The Ravens finish the year 9-11 overall and 4-9 in the Oakland Activities Association Blue Division.
Massucci said his senior group will be missed.
“They left a legacy and a standard for others to follow. All seasons come to an end, but relationships last forever,” the coach said. “I am also very excited for the future of Royal Oak basketball. We have young kids who love the game and are committed to getting better.”
In Class B, Clawson High battled in its district opener, but Detroit Henry Ford proved to be too much down the stretch.
After trailing by two points at the half, the Trojans lost 66-55 March 3 at home.
“We knew they were in the top (Public School League division), and we saw film of how quick and athletic they were, especially on defense, and their pressure really forced us into a lot of turnovers,” coach Rob Fulgenzi said. “Their tempo caught up with us and wore us down.”
The Trojans finished 8-13 overall and 3-9 in the Macomb Area Conference Gold Division.
Fulgenzi pointed out that it was a one-win improvement from the previous year. Clawson is graduating 11 seniors from the team, including the team manager.
“This group of seniors were a hard-working group. They love the game of basketball and loved competing every day, and they hated losing,” the coach said. “This group will be able to look back one day and say they played in the top conference in the MAC for two years and proved they could compete with the best.”
In Class C, Royal Oak Shrine fell to Southfield Bradford 57-39 March 5 at home in a district semifinal. The Knights finish 6-13 overall.