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February 19, 2014

Stevenson boys basketball players enjoying up-tempo style of play

By Jason Carmel Davis
C & G Sports Writer

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The Sterling Heights Stevenson boys basketball team is having its best offensive season in seven years. Pictured is Balkar Singh (4) during a Feb. 11 game against Roseville.

STERLING HEIGHTS — Sterling Heights Stevenson sophomore guard Ryan Lamoreaux is in his second year as a varsity player with the Titans.

The team, under first-year coach Mark LaCombe, has implemented a more up-tempo style that Lamoreaux feels suits the squad much better. He said Stevenson players enjoy pushing the ball and getting points off of fast breaks.

Stevenson, at press time, had a record of 9-5, 5-3 Macomb Area Conference White Division.

“I think it’s helped us because we’re a small team,” Lamoreaux said. “We can’t really afford to walk the ball up the court and set up in the half court because we don’t have a big post player to get (the ball) inside or easy buckets.”

The new approach on offense seems to be working. The Titans averaged 59.1 points per game at press time. That number represents the highest per-game average for the Titans in seven years.

Stevenson, because of a lack of size, runs a four-out, one-in offense — a motion offense predicated on constant movement with and without the ball, where there are four perimeter players and one post player on the floor.

Senior guard Brandon Hughes said the players are comfortable running the offense and will play any role asked of them.

“The offense we run doesn’t feature a lot of plays,” said Hughes, who is also a baseball standout who committed to play baseball at Michigan State University. “We just go out and make it happen.”

One thing Lamoreaux and Hughes hope to see happen is the raising of a division championship banner. Stevenson was 2 1/2 games behind first-place Warren Mott, with four games to play, at press time. Stevenson faced off with Mott after press time. Each team has six games remaining in the regular season — four inside the MAC White.

“We have to win out, and then we’ll need some help to catch Mott,” Hughes said. “If everything fell into place, that’d be amazing. The (five) seniors on the team want to go out with a bang.”

Stevenson next hits the court for a matchup against MAC White foe Grosse Pointe North, set for 7 p.m. Feb. 21 at Stevenson.

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