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Madison Heights

Spot in Catholic League playoff hinges on a few big games for Foley

Published January 29, 2014

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Alexis Ramirez and the Foley basketball team have some key league games coming up, namely with Our Lady of the Lakes and Shrine.

MADISON HEIGHTS — Win, lose or draw in the regular season, and by any count, the state playoffs, serves as a breath of fresh air, welcome to all willing to inhale at the opportunity.

But this, as Madison Heights Bishop Foley girls basketball coach Dave Joseph made very clear, is not the state playoffs.

And this, for the first time in a long time, is no guarantee.

“It’s the first time since I’ve been here we haven’t been a lock to make it,” the coach said of the upcoming C-D Division Catholic League playoffs. “And that’s why this stretch of games is so essential.”

At press time, the Ventures were 2-4 in league play, tied for fourth place in the East Division.

The top four teams in the division qualify for the league playoffs, which begin Feb. 8.

“The first goal of every season is making the playoffs,” Joseph stressed.

To do so, Foley needs to find some success in its upcoming schedule.

Things all begin with a 7:30 p.m. home tilt Jan. 30 against Waterford Our Lady of the Lakes.

Lakes, 3-2 at press time in league play, beat Foley 38-21 in a game earlier this winter.

“We went to Lakes and probably played our poorest game of the season,” Joseph said. “Since then, we’ve played pretty well. I think the motivation factor will be there for that game. We feel we can match up well against them.”

On Feb. 3, Foley then heads to play at Royal Oak Shrine (2-2 at press time) for a 7 p.m. tilt. The Ventures beat Shrine 58-46 on Jan. 18.

“That one will have huge implications as far as seeding goes, as well,” Joseph said. “And in that one, they are going to have the home court and the revenge factor on their side.”

So, what does his team have to do to pick up some key wins down the stretch?

“More of what we’ve been doing,” he said. “I feel pretty good with where we are right now. We made some adjustments since the Lakes loss, and I feel like we’ve turned the page on this season, so to speak. These girls take a lot of pride in what they want to accomplish.”

The C-D Division semifinals are set for 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. Feb. 11 at Warren De La Salle. The championship is at 1 p.m. Feb. 17 at Calihan Hall on the University of Detroit Mercy campus.

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