Basketball

Published March 4, 2015

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WARREN — The Warren Cousino girls basketball team will play for a fourth straight district title after an 71-14 win over Hazel Park High in a Class A district semifinal March 4 at Warren Mott.

Cousino (18-4) will play either Sterling Heights High or Warren Woods Tower in a district final at 7 p.m. March 6 at Mott. Cousino beat Sterling Heights High 54-34 Dec. 5. Sterling Heights High downed Cousino in a regional semifinal last season.

Hazel Park ends the season at 5-15.

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Published March 4, 2015

ROSEVILLE — Roseville High girls basketball coach Andrew Houghton said he has been preparing his team for the district playoffs this entire season.

He gets the chance to see if that prep has paid off when the Panthers (9-10, 4-8 MAC Gold Division, at press time) begin the postseason with a Class A district semifinal against either Fraser High or St. Clair Shores Lake Shore at 7 p.m. March 4 at Roseville. The Fraser/Lake Shore game took place March 2, after press time.

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Published March 4, 2015

The boys basketball postseason is just around the bend, and squads from all over the state will begin their quests for postseason glory.

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

Class A at Troy Athens
Troy High opens its postseason with a familiar foe. The Colts play Pontiac High at 6 p.m. March 9 in the opening round of districts. Pontiac has beaten the Colts in previous matchups during the regular season.

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Published March 4, 2015

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.

Class A at Royal Oak High
Royal Oak High and Southfield-Lathrup kick off the district at 7 p.m. March 9. Lathrup last won the tournament in 2009, while Royal Oak is in search of the program’s first district title. The winner meets Birmingham Groves at 7 p.m. March 11 in a semifinal. The Falcons last won a district two seasons ago.

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Published March 4, 2015

BIRMINGHAM — The emotions ranged from one girl to the next.

Bailey Haran said she was “simply ecstatic.”

Allison Karpinski and Rachel Long admitted to the uncontrollable tears that they, and others on the team, couldn’t help but shed.

This meant something.

Actually, this meant a lot.

“When we got back to school, we went into the gym and cut down the nets,” Long said with a smile. “This was pretty special.”

This was the first division title in Royal Oak High girls basketball history.

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Published March 3, 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 2, 2015

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ROSEVILLE  —  A big fourth quarter propelled St. Clair Shores Lake Shore to a 31-21 win over Fraser High in a girls Class A state quarterfinal basketball game March 2 at Roseville.

Tied at 17 after three quarters, Lake Shore (10-11) scored the first eight points in the fourth to build a 25-17 lead with less than two minutes to play.

Lake Shore took its first lead at 19-17 when senior guard Stella VanAcker hit a short baseline jumper with 5:56 to play. Fraser's first fourth-quarter points came with 1:55 to play.

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Published February 27, 2015

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

Although South (12-7 overall, 6-6 MAC Blue Division) led 16-11 lead after the first quarter, North 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 re-gained the advantage.

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Published March 4, 2015

The boys basketball postseason is just around the bend, with squads from all over the state beginning their roads to district, regional, and even state titles.

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


Class A at Warren Woods Tower
Hazel Park High opens its district with a perennial March favorite. The Vikings play Warren De La Salle at 7 p.m. March 9.

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Published February 25, 2015

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The Macomb Community College women's basketball team won the Michigan Community College Athletic Association (MCCAA) Eastern Conference title following a 48-44 overtime win against Mott Community College Feb. 25 at the Sports & Expo Center in Warren.

The Monarchs (13-3 MCCAA Eastern Conference, 22-6 overall) were trailing 42-40 until St. Clair Shores Lake Shore High School graduate Carly Vargo made two free throws to tie the game at 42 with 1.9 seconds remaining on the game clock.

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Published February 25, 2015

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Experience has been key in how the Clinton Township Clintondale boys basketball team has played this season, according to coach Rob Townsend.

The Dragons brought back six players from last year’s division title-winning team. The team’s roster features 10 seniors, including starters Joshua Jackson, Jordan Jackson and Mac Griffin.

“We’ve got a lot of guys who’ve played a lot of varsity basketball,” Townsend said. “They know what to do when we get in certain situations.

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Published February 22, 2015

DETROIT — Maybe it was nerves, or maybe, as Dave Joseph put it, it was just “one of those games.”

Whatever the reason, the Madison Heights Bishop Foley girls basketball team never found its footing in Sunday’s Catholic League C-D Division title game, scoring just two points the first quarter en route to a 37-26 loss to Riverview Gabriel Richard.

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Published February 21, 2015

For the first time in 15 years, Utica High’s girls basketball program can celebrate a MAC division title.

The Chieftains had already clinched a share of the MAC White title on Feb. 17 by defeating Sterling Heights Stevenson, but they clinched the title outright by beating Utica Eisenhower 48-38 on Friday night.

Utica (11-7, 11-1) came into the contest one game ahead of Eisenhower (13-6, 8-3) in the division.

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Published February 20, 2015

Having already clinched a share of the MAC White title, Utica High will now try to win the title outright when it hosts Utica Eisenhower at 7 p.m. tonight.

Utica (10-7, 10-1) has won nine league games in a row, but needs to extend that winning streak to 10 to avoid possibly splitting the division title with Eisenhower, which sits just one game behind Utica at 8-2 in the White and 13-5 overall.

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Published February 17, 2015

ROCHESTER HILLS — It all started with a missed layup.

Just past the midway point of the second quarter, Rochester Hills Lutheran Northwest senior Nick Grunewald grabbed his own rebound off of an errant layup. He gathered himself, and sank a mid-range jumper to give his team a 17-13 lead.

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Published February 18, 2015

MADISON HEIGHTS — Madison Heights Bishop Foley boys basketball hopes the losses and injuries are a thing of the past.

At times, the Ventures were missing two starters and a key player in the rotation for at least four games.

“I’m proud of the way they’ve handled the adversity this year. We’ve been through a ton of injuries and have had some ups and downs,” coach Isaiah Novak said. “They’ve handled it well. That’s thanks to good senior leadership.”

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Published January 23, 2015

After a quarter of red-hot shooting by Rochester, Rochester Adams went on a 19-2 run in the second quarter on its way to a 64-38 win on Friday night at Oakland University's O'Rena in the first game of the ninth annual Crosstown Showdown.

Rochester was able to break Adams' press in the first quarter, as the Falcons made four 3-pointers to take a 16-9 lead early on, but Adams' defense took over in the second quarter by forcing 11 turnovers during the decisive run.

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Published January 6, 2015

Utica Eisenhower will travel to Utica for a crosstown contest in boys basketball on Tuesday evening at 7:30 p.m.

Eisenhower (3-0) and Utica (0-3) will meet for the first time since Eisenhower defeated Utica 49-44 in a district final last year.

Eisenhower is averaging 63.3 points per game while giving up 50.3 points per contest during its three-game winning streak to start the season.

Parker Chmiel is averaging 13.7 points per game for Utica. The Chieftains have averaged 48.3 points per game while surrendering 58.7. 

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Published March 4, 2014

ROCHESTER — The men's basketball game between No. 6 seed Oakland University and No. 7 seed Youngstown State University was the first time a postseason league game was ever played inside the O'Rena, and the Golden Grizzlies took advantage of the opportunity, coming away with a 96-92 overtime victory in an opening-round game of the Horizon League tournament.

Despite trailing by eight points with under three minutes remaining on the clock, Oakland got some big shots toward the end of regulation to force overtime.

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Published February 17, 2014

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DETROIT — Farmington Hills Mercy guard Taylor Jones said she had a little bit of a headache from all the excitement immediately following the CHSL A-B championship game between the Marlins and Bloomfield Hills Marian played Feb. 16 at Calihan Hall, but it was for a good reason.

With Mercy down a point with 4.2 seconds left, Jones blocked and stole Marian’s inbounds pass underneath the Mustangs’ basket before making the game-winning layup as time expired to give Mercy a 55-54 victory.

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