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February 12, 2014

Rubin has plenty to be proud of in first year of Bloomfield Hills hoops

By Mike Moore
C & G Sports Writer

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Rubin has plenty to be proud of in first year of Bloomfield Hills hoops
Bloomfield’s Shannon Wilson, right, was averaging 20.9 points, 7.9 rebounds and 5.3 assists through 15 games, leading the Blackhawks to a 12-3 record.

BLOOMFIELD HILLS — From opposite sides, they came together.

From different experiences with wins and losses, they united.

After a summer of getting to know one another, they’ve put together a winter to remember — and there’s still time to make it even better.

Jeff Rubin and his Bloomfield Hills High girls basketball team are in their first year together, their first year of existence for the program.

But if this season means anything as far as what’s to be expected in the future, the Blackhawks will be a program to contend with for a long time.

“These girls came together pretty quickly and clicked right away,” Rubin said last week. He’s the former Andover coach, picked to stay on when the school merged with Lahser this past fall. “We played as much as we could during the summer, kind of getting to know each other. There were so many new faces that were there, and a lot of them I had coached against the past few years. But now, we had the chance to work with them and see how they could make us better.”

Those coming from Andover knew winning after the Barons went 15-7 last season.

Lahser, meanwhile, went 4-17 last winter and had won just 17 games the past three years.

“This was a group, as a whole, that came into the year wanting to win,” Rubin stressed. “They’ve listened and worked very hard toward that.”

The results speak for themselves.

At press time, Bloomfield Hills was 12-3 overall and 7-3 in the Oakland Activities Association White Division.

Only Rochester Adams (10-0) and Troy High (7-2) were ahead of the Blackhawks in the standings, and Bloomfield beat Troy 65-57 last week.

“We’re deeper than we’ve ever been. We’re also probably more athletic than we’ve ever been, when you look at both programs’ individuals,” Rubin explained. “I know at Andover, we had 23 girls in the program last year. Right now, we have 41. That depth is so essential.”

They also have some standouts, like senior Shannon Wilson, who is playing the best basketball of her career.

Through 15 games, she was averaging 20.9 points, 7.9 rebounds and 5.3 assists per game.

Fellow senior Alex Jackson was averaging 10.9 points per game, serving as a perfect second option on the offensive end.

As a team, the Blackhawks were scoring more than 60 per contest.

But with the regular season winding down and the league title out of reach, focus has been shifted to the playoffs, which begin Feb. 24 and will pit Bloomfield against Birmingham Seaholm in a district opener at Marian.

“For us, this has been a season of playing real solid competition,” Rubin said of his team’s slate of opponents. “You look at Adams, which is unbeaten, Troy, a good team, Oxford High and (Farmington Hills) Harrison, for example. We’ve tried to get ourselves at a level where you have to be competitive every single night. … We’ll be well-prepared, if nothing else. We’ll end the season with some good teams, and we’re going to be ready, come playoff time. That’s when anything can happen.”

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