Basketball

Published March 11, 2015

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — Ask first-year Macomb Lutheran North girls basketball coach Matt Knutson what it means to have a division title on his first go-round, and he deflects the attention away from himself.

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Published March 11, 2015

ST. CLAIR SHORES — There will be two new banners hanging inside the gym at St. Clair Shores South Lake after the boys and girls basketball teams each won division championships.


The Cavs boys went 12-2 to win the Macomb Area Conference Silver Division. The league title is the first for the boys since 2008. The Cavs were 14-5 overall and opened the postseason with a Class B district quarterfinal against Warren Lincoln March 9, after press time.

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Published March 10, 2015

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Their journey to this meeting was predictable, unofficially predetermined once the district draws were concluded.

Games had to be played, wins had to be had.

Both were — in lopsided fashion.

What happens next is anyone’s guess.

On Tuesday night, two of the top girls basketball teams in Class A will collide at Southfield High in a regional semifinal that’s been anticipated for months.

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Published March 9, 2015

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SHELBY TOWNSHIP — Trevor Curle and Justin Greason each scored 24 points to lead Utica Eisenhower to a 75-60 victory against Sterling Heights Stevenson in a MHSAA Class A district quarterfinal Monday night.

The Eagles raced out to a 20-5 lead at the end of the first quarter, and never led by less than 12 after that point.

"When you start a quarter that poorly, and things go that well for them, that changed everything," Stevenson coach Mark LaCombe said.

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Published March 9, 2015

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ROYAL OAK — It was closer than Southfield-Lathrup boys basketball coach Desmond Denham would have liked, but his Chargers escaped Royal Oak High with a 55-54 victory March 9 in a Class A district opener.

“It was an ugly win, but we’ll take it. We’re still playing,” Denham said. “I give (Royal Oak) credit.”

Trailing by a point in the final minute, Lathrup was able to get the ball to senior Fred John on the block, and he scored with five seconds left to give his squad the lead.

Royal Oak then missed a shot at the buzzer.

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Published March 9, 2015

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Four St. Clair Shores Lake Shore boys basketball players scored in double figures in the team's 67-43 win over St. Clair Shores Lakeview in a Class A district quarterfinal March 9 at Clinton Township Chippewa Valley.

Lake Shore senior guard David Shipp led all scorers with 18 points, including eight in the first quarter, while sophomore guard Cortez Jackson, sophomore forward Jaylen Dixon and sophomore forward Davon Woodward chipped in with 17, 11 and 10 points, respectively.

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Published March 9, 2015

The girls basketball playoff season officially began last week, and for a trio of local teams, it was a week to celebrate.

In Class A, the defending state champs flexed some playoff muscle, as Birmingham Marian rolled to a district crown on home court.

Marian (21-1) beat Farmington Hills Harrison 74-42 in the final after beating North Farmington 49-18 in the semifinal round.

The Mustangs faced Lathrup Village Southfield-Lathrup March 10 in a regional semifinal, after press time.

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Published March 9, 2015

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The journey to the Breslin Center begins tonight for boys basketball teams across the state.

At Utica EIsenhower, the Eagles will host Sterling Heights Stevenson in MHSAA Division 1 district quarterfinal. at 7 p.m.

Eisenhower (15-5, 7-5 MAC Red) defeated Stevenson (16-4, 12-0 MAC White) 70-53 in a non-conference game Dec. 16.

Stevenson has won 10 of its last 11 games entering postseason play, while Eisenhower has won six of its last seven.

Stevenson won the MAC White by four games; Eisenhower finished in third in the MAC Red.

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Published March 9, 2015

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STERLING HEIGHTS/ST. CLAIR SHORES — Two hot squads will look to keep their streaks alive when the St. Clair Shores Lake Shore and Sterling Heights High girls basketball teams square off in a Class A regional semifinal at 5:30 p.m. March 10 at Grosse Pointe South.

Lake Shore (12-11) enters the contest having won three straight and seven of its last 10 games. Sterling Heights High (14-9) has also won seven of 10.

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Published March 9, 2015

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — The season will be on the line when the boys basketball teams from St. Clair Shores Lake Shore and St. Clair Shores Lakeview meet in a Class A district quarterfinal at 5 p.m. March 9 at Clinton Township Chippewa Valley.

The winner gets Roseville High in a district semi at 5 p.m. March 11 at Chippewa Valley.

Lake Shore enters the game with a 14-6 record, while Lakeview sits at 5-15. 

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Published March 6, 2015

Romeo saved its best for last. 

Romeo shot 48 percent from the field in the first half to take a 31-11 lead into halftime on its way to a 53-26 victory against Utica Eisenhower in a Division 1 district final on Friday night.

"We haven't shot like that all year long," Romeo coach Connie Hernden said. "It shows the girls came to play tonight. They were mentally ready."

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Published March 6, 2015

DETROIT — The journey has been so different, with a revamped roster and renewed sense of urgency.

The results, though, those remain the same.

For the third time in a row, and fifth time in the past six years, the Farmington Hills Mercy basketball team captured a Class A district title.

The Marlins added 2015 to the count on Friday night, beating Detroit Mumford 60-43 in a final played at Detroit Renaissance.

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Published March 6, 2015

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ROSEVILLE  — St. Clair Shores Lake Shore senior wing Mackenzie Nemitz did not want her team’s season to end in a loss to one of its city rivals.

Nemitz did all she could in ensuring Lake Shore came out on top in its Class A district final against St. Clair Shores Lakeview, netting 23 points in Lake Shore’s 54-47 win March 6 at Roseville.

The district title is the first for Lake Shore since 2004.

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Published March 6, 2015

GROSSE POINTE WOODS — Grosse Pointe South's girls basketball team won a Class A district championship with a 59-40 win against Grosse Pointe North March 6 at North.

It was South's fourth consecutive district title, with three of those championships coming via wins against North in district final games.

After the Norsemen scored the first basket of the game, South went on a 14-point run to seize control of the contest. South led 14-4 after the first quarter, 26-13 at the half, and 41-22 after the third.

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Published March 6, 2015

WARREN — Warren Mott senior forward James Washington said his team must play smart basketball if it wants to match, or surpass, last season’s postseason success.

“We have to make crisp passes and limit turnovers. Doing those things will help us out a lot,” Washington said.

Last season, Mott won the program’s first district and regional championships. The road to a repeat starts with a Class A district semifinal against either Warren Cousino or Sterling Heights High at 7 p.m. March 11 at Warren Woods Tower.

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Published March 6, 2015

MADISON HEIGHTS — Madison Heights Bishop Foley boys basketball coach Isaiah Novak knows it’ll be a challenge to continue the program’s district championship streak, but it’s one that the Ventures are embracing.

Bishop Foley has won seven straight district titles and eight of the last nine, but this postseason, the Ventures will be taking on new opponents because district lines have been redrawn.

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Published March 5, 2015

WEST BLOOMFIELD — If there was one thing Zach Hilbers loved about his 2014-15 West Bloomfield High girls basketball team, it was the simple fact that no game ever seemed out of reach.


“They’d find ways to bounce back,” Hilbers said. “It earned us some big come-from-behind wins. It made some other games very interesting.”


One of those games was last week in a Class A district opener.

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Published March 5, 2015

GROSSE POINTES — The Grosse Pointe North boys basketball team earned a split in its regular-season, two-game series against Grosse Pointe South with a 66-61 victory at North Feb. 27.


South led 16-11 after the first quarter, but the Norsemen went on a six-point run in the second to take the lead. It was close for much of the rest of the game, but after giving up its lead in the second quarter, South never regained it.


North led 29-24 at the half and 51-45 after the third quarter.

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Published March 5, 2015

BERKLEY/FERNDALE — The boys basketball postseason begins next week.

Here’s a look at where all the local teams will be for their district tournaments and which teams stand in their way.

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Published March 4, 2015

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After neither team could gain a lead of more than four points in the first half, Utica Eisenhower used a 20-9 run in the third quarter to defeat Utica Ford 48-34 in a MHSAA DIvision 1 district semifinal on Wednesday night at Romeo High.

Eisenhower took a 38-25 lead into the fourth quarter, but Ford scored seven consecutive points to make it 38-32 with 4:56 left. Eisenhower responded with the last run of the night, a 10-0 spurt that lasted more than four minutes.

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