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 Bloomfield Hills High junior Christian Jordan looks for an outlet Jan. 28 against Birmingham Seaholm at home. At press time, the Black Hawks were 4-9 overall and winless in the Oakland Activities Association Red Division.

Bloomfield Hills High junior Christian Jordan looks for an outlet Jan. 28 against Birmingham Seaholm at home. At press time, the Black Hawks were 4-9 overall and winless in the Oakland Activities Association Red Division.

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Bloomfield Hills High boys basketball staying positive

By: Jacob Herbert | Birmingham - Bloomfield Eagle | Published February 4, 2020

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BLOOMFIELD HILLS — The Bloomfield Hills High boys basketball team started off the season on a perfect note. The Black Hawks were undefeated four games into the season and averaging 61 points per game.

Then, Christmas came and went, and the competition got tougher. Bloomfield Hills started the new year being thrust into Oakland Activities Association Red Division competition. Its first three games came against Clarkston High, Ferndale High and West Bloomfield High, which are in first, second and third, respectively, in the division.

At press time, Bloomfield Hills was 4-9 overall and 0-5 in the league.

“I think we didn’t make the right adjustments that we needed to heading into league play,” senior captain Colin Hecker said. “Teams got better as we went on, and we didn’t make the changes needed to play with those teams. We went from being the more athletic team to playing with more athletic players. Instead of using our skills to beat them, we needed to play more fundamentally, and we didn’t do that.”

Despite the losing streak, coach Phil Kurajian said morale has remained high and the team has improved after every practice. The main focus right now for the Black Hawks is establishing a lockdown defense.

“We have to get back to our defensive ways, which I think we’re getting towards,” Kurajian said. “It’s easy to get away from that, especially when you get a little bright-eyed against some of the bigger programs. But we’re excited to continue building on that and getting better.”

On the court, Hecker challenged himself and his teammates to focus on the little things. Diving after loose balls and taking charges can go a long way in turning the season around.

Hecker and fellow senior captain Brad Zousmer highlight the list of leaders and standout players on the roster. Freshmen Noah Adamczyk and Derrick Lee Jr., along with sophomore Carson Brodsky, have impressed Kurajian so far this season.

Hecker has also taken on some responsibility when it comes to keeping the team hungry in tough times. The senior said it’s up to him to be the first one to pick the team up when its heads are down.

“Even if we’re down 10, the game’s not over,” he said. “We’ve got to keep our heads up and keep going.”

Zousmer has played a prominent role in keeping spirits high among his fellow teammates.

“He plays and leads because of who he is as a person,” Kurajian said. “He gets guys to play together and he’s been huge with our morale. He leads by example. The program is growing because of guys like him.”

The current overarching objective for the Black Hawks remains getting better by 1% every day. The team isn’t thinking about the playoffs yet, with district play looming just over one month away.

While making a second pass through the OAA Red schedule, the Black Hawks feel they know what it takes to come away with wins against the Red’s best. Zousmer attributed future success in the league to dictating the pace of the game before the opponent.

With six remaining games left in the regular season and two remaining home games, starting with West Bloomfield High at 7 p.m. Feb 18 and Oak Park High  at 7 p.m. Feb. 28, Bloomfield Hills is set on defending its home floor.

“We have a lot of pride playing for Bloomfield Hills and for our community, so we’ve really got to do a better job of protecting this gym,” Kurajian said.

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