Basketball

Published March 11, 2013

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GROSSE POINTE — Stifling, suffocating defense was the name of the game, as Detroit Southeastern forced 22 turnovers in beating Warren Cousino 51-31 in a 2013 Michigan High School Athletic Association Class A regional semifinal played March 11 at Grosse Pointe North High.

The Jungaleers (17-5) allowed just seven points in the first half — one in the second quarter.

Southeastern advances to face either Clinton Township Chippewa Valley or Macomb L'Anse Creuse North in a regional final set for 6 p.m. March 13 at Grosse Pointe North.

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Published March 8, 2013

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FRASER — A packed house watched Warren Cousino knock off Warren De La Salle 66-58 in a Class A district final March 8 at Fraser High.

The win was a historic one for the Patriots, as they ended Pilots coach Greg Esler's run of 14 straight district titles.

"De La Salle is the team to beat in our city," Cousino coach Chris Shepard said. "To beat a team like that is a great accomplishment."

The Patriots advance to take on Detroit Southeastern at 5:30 p.m. March 11 at Grosse Pointe North.

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Published March 7, 2013

MADISON HEIGHTS — Madison Heights Bishop Foley's girls basketball season came to a close with a 64-47 defeat to Riverview Gabriel Richard in a Class C Regional final game March 7 on the Ventures' home court.

Although Foley was able to stay within strking distance for the first eight minutes of play, trailing just 19-16 after the first quarter, Riverview's offensive  production made it difficult for the Ventures to gain momentum for significant stretches of play.

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Published March 6, 2013

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CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Sterling Heights High junior guard Mark Berishaj said he's been on teams that let up 11 points in a half, but never had he been a part of an effort like the Stallions gave March 6.

Sterling Heights held Rosevile High to three points in the first half of a Michigan High School Athletic Association Class A district semifinal on its 45-34 win over the Panthers.

The game took place at Clinton Township Chippewa Valley.

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Published March 6, 2013

FERNDALE — A week before facing Ferndale University in a Class B district championship, Eric Lloyd watched as his Ferndale High girls basketball team dropped a regular-season contest 44-40 to the Driving Eagles.

So, a week later, the remedy was a simple one.

“We had to get back to basics,” Lloyd said of the March 1 final. “We were pressing too much in the first game. This time, we played our half-court game. We were good in transition and rebounded the ball.”

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Published March 5, 2013

MADISON HEIGHTS — Madison Heights Bishop Foley's playoff run will continue, as the Ventures defeated Madison Heights Madison 53-39 in a Class C regiional semifinal matchup March 5 at Foley.

Foley trailed Madison 22-19 at the half before scoring the first nine points of the third quarter to take control of the game. Coach Dave Joseph attributes halftime adjustments as the key to the Ventures' victory.

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Published March 5, 2013

The Sterling Heights High and Utica Ford II girls basketball teams survived the opening two rounds of the 2013 Michigan High School Athletic Association state girls playoffs.

The Stallions, who won the Macomb Area Conference Blue Division title, played Clinton Township Chippewa Valley in a Class A district final March 1, after press time. Sterling Heights went into the contest at 19-2. The Stallions outlasted Harrison Township L’Anse Creuse 52-50 Feb. 27 in a district semi after receiving a bye in the quarters.

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Published March 5, 2013

When it comes to the postseason, Orchard Lake St. Mary’s boys basketball knows how to get it done.

The Eaglets have won six of its last seven districts, including two straight regional titles, and has captured nine district championships since 1999.

“I just think its part of building a tradition,” coach George Porritt said. “The kids have confidence going in and feel that it’s part of the tradition, knowing in the past that we have done it.”

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Published March 1, 2013

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WARREN — Down 32-28 at halftime, the Warren Cousino girls basketball team used all its alloted time to talk strategy before the start of the second half.

That proved to be a good approach, as the Patriots outscored the Saddlelites 36-19 in the second half to secure their second straight Michigan High School Athletic Association Class A district title March 1 at Warren Woods Tower with a 64-51 victory.

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Published February 27, 2013

FERNDALE — The process was more drawn out than anyone had hoped, both in the short term and the long term.

But after a drought that spanned more than a decade, the Ferndale High girls basketball program once again is the division champ.

“It’s great,” coach Eric Lloyd said last week. “These girls went out and earned it. This was something they set their sights on, and they went out and did it.”

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Published February 19, 2013

DETROIT — For three years, Catholic League girls basketball teams looked up at Bloomfield Hills Marian when it came to the postseason.

And then, for two years, the Mustangs fell short.

“We were overdue,” coach Mary Cicerone said with a laugh following a Feb. 17 victory against Dearborn Divine Child in the AB Division championship game at Calihan Hall. “It’s about time we got back up here.”

Cicerone was all smiles as she boasted about her team and its win against the defending league champs.

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Published February 19, 2013

After months of preparation, regular-season games and dissecting draws, girls throughout the state are set to tip-off the 2013 basketball postseason.

For the squad at West Bloomfield High, the hope centers on a bountiful payoff following a grueling run through the Oakland Activities Association Red Division.

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Published January 25, 2013

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The St. Clair Shores Lake Shore boys basketball team will look to avenge a 23-point loss it suffered Dec. 19 at the hands of St. Clair Shores Lakeview when the city rivals meet in a rematch slated for 7 p.m. Jan. 25 at Lakeview.

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Published January 21, 2013

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First place in the Macomb Area Conference Red Division will be on the line when the Utica Ford II girls basketball squad hits the road to face Grosse Pointe South at 7 p.m. Jan. 22. The matchup between the Falcons and Blue Devils highlights the C & G list of spotlight games for Jan. 22.

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Published May 1, 2012

Warren Woods Tower senior swingman Joe Zannetti signed a letter of commitment April 20 to play for Detroit’s Marygrove College this fall.

As a member of the Titans’ varsity squad, Zannetti was a two-year starter and served as team captain.

In his time with Tower, Zannetti was named team MVP, along with being selected as a first-team Macomb Area Conference Gold Division All-Conference member. With a 3.6 grade-point average, Zannetti was also a four-time MAC All-Academic team selection.

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Published March 29, 2012

DETROIT — After some past baby steps, Lake Orion High’s boys basketball program flexed its wings and soared off into success this season.

The Dragons won a regional championship for the first time in school history before falling March 20 in a Class A state quarterfinal 46-40 to Macomb L’Anse Creuse North at Calihan Hall on the campus of the University of Detroit-Mercy.

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Published March 28, 2012

The end of the winter sports season brings the announcement of the honor squads from the 36-team Macomb Area Conference. Among them, Clawson High’s boys and girls basketball teams were well represented in the MAC Silver Division — the league both programs compete in.

All-Conference teams have been chosen, along with league Most Valuable Player and Coach of the Year in each division. Below are the MAC Silver results. For complete lists and more photos, see our website at www.candg news.com.

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Published March 28, 2012

The Orchard Lake St. Mary’s boys basketball season came to a close, but not before a little redemption.

The Eaglets fell to Saginaw High 62-42 March 20 in a Class A quarterfinal.

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Published March 21, 2012

PONTIAC — Harper Woods Chandler Park Academy boys basketball coach Derrick Walton Sr. made sure his team watched as players from Detroit Country Day received their medals and a plaque after the Yellowjackets ended the Eagles’ season March 14 in a Class B regional final.

“I wanted them to see that,” Walton Sr. said. “I wanted it to stay in their minds that that’s where we want to be next year.”

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Published March 21, 2012

ROSEVILLE — Roseville High’s boys basketball team’s season came to an end March 9, as the Panthers fell 59-46 at home to Fraser High in a Class A district final.

“Fraser’s a good team,” Roseville coach Robbie Lang said. “Even though we lost tonight and didn’t do the things we were doing good to get us here, it was a good season.”

For more details and photos from the game, visit our website at www.candgnews.com.

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