South Lake boys basketball wins regular-season, tournament titles

By: Jason Carmel Davis | St. Clair Shores Sentinel | Published March 9, 2018

 St. Clair Shores South Lake senior forward Amier Gilmore takes a jumper during a March 5 playoff win over Harper Woods Chandler Park Academy. The Cavaliers recorded the program’s most regular-season wins since 2006.

St. Clair Shores South Lake senior forward Amier Gilmore takes a jumper during a March 5 playoff win over Harper Woods Chandler Park Academy. The Cavaliers recorded the program’s most regular-season wins since 2006.

Photo by Deb Jacques

 South Lake senior guard Robert Davis lines up a free throw. The Cavaliers won Macomb Area Conference division and tournament titles.

South Lake senior guard Robert Davis lines up a free throw. The Cavaliers won Macomb Area Conference division and tournament titles.

Photo by Deb Jacques

ST. CLAIR SHORES — The St. Clair Shores South Lake boys basketball team won its second consecutive Macomb Area Conference Silver Division championship, but the two title-winning seasons could not have been more different.

The Cavaliers in 2017 shared the MAC Silver championship with Sterling Heights High and Marysville High. South Lake this season stands alone atop the MAC Silver hill, finishing league play with a 10-0 mark and a three-game lead in the standings. The Cavs went 18-2 in the regular season — the team’s most victories since 2006.

South Lake Feb. 24 knocked off Warren Lincoln 50-46 to culminate a three-game run with a MAC Silver/Bronze tournament title. 

“We’ve played really well this season. We have our moments where we make mistakes, but we’ve played well,” Cavs coach Kurt Wilson Sr. said. “To have the season we’ve had means a lot to me because of the guys we have on the team. We’ve got some hardworking guys on this team.”

South Lake has to work hard. 

Wilson pushes his players. His teams get out and run on offense, and press and trap on defense. The Cavs this season average 64 points per game — good for fourth in the 35-team MAC. South Lake allows 51.2 points per game. Only New Haven High (45.7) allows fewer.

“Conditioning is big for us,” Wilson said. “We play a lot of guys every night with the goal of wearing down the other team, and that works well for us.”

Senior forward Amier Gilmore is one of the leaders of the team, along with senior guard Robert Davis.

Gilmore — an athletic big who protects the rim on defense and who can score in a variety of ways — said this season has been special.

“Seven seniors on the team — we knew this was our last shot to have a special year,” Gilmore said. “We tried to go all out every game. We wanted to give ourselves and the school a season to remember.”