Basketball

Published March 12, 2015

MADISON HEIGHTS — The emotion on Madison High Madison boys basketball coach Matt Ferguson’s face was evident.

The Eagles had just fallen in a Class C regional semifinal to Madison Heights Bishop Foley March 11 at home.

“We had a very good year. I’m proud of my guys, (but) it’s tough,” Ferguson said after the 51-40 loss.

For more on Foley’s run, see next week’s edition of the paper.

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Published March 12, 2015

GROSSE POINTES — The girls basketball teams from Grosse Pointe South and University Liggett kept their district-title streaks alive and well last week, as the Blue Devils defeated North and Liggett took down Detroit Allen Academy in final games March 6.


It was the sixth consecutive district title for Liggett, which won 45-15, and the fourth for South, which knocked North out by a score of 59-40.


With their victories, both teams advanced to regionals.

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Published March 12, 2015

In a rematch from a 2014 district final, Utica High and Utica Eisenhower meet in a Class A district final at 7 p.m. on March 13 at Eisenhower.

Eisenhower won last year's game 49-44 on its way to an appearance in a regional final, and won a pre-conference game against Utica 41-35 on Jan. 6.

Last year's game nearly featured an upset by a 4-18 Utica team against an Eisenhower squad that finished the year 18-7. This season, Utica enters the game at 12-9 (9-3 in the Macomb Area Conference Blue), while Eisenhower is 17-5 (7-5 MAC Red).

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Published March 12, 2015

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SOUTHFIELD — They met a year ago with a ticket to the Class A state finals on the line.

Gary Morris watched as his Farmington Hills Mercy basketball team threw everything it had at Birmingham Marian, and then watched Marian waltz to what was an eventual state title.

A few stops shy of the Breslin Center, Mercy and Marian meet again tonight in a 7 p.m. regional final at Southfield High.

Morris and his Marlins, already 0-2 this year against Marian, are looking for a little March magic — and one colossal upset.

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Published March 11, 2015

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MADISON HEIGHTS — Madison Heights Bishop Foley boys basketball is moving on in the Class C district at Madison Heights Madison.

The Ventures beat the host 51-40 March 11 in a semifinal.

Senior Gary Perry led the way with eight points and six blocks, most of which came in the first 16 minutes of play.

“He was unbelievable,” Foley coach Isaiah Novak said of his 6-foot-8 center. “I don’t know if words can describe how good that first half was for us.”

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Published March 11, 2015

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Chippewa Valley's boys basketball team has advanced to a Class A district final after defeating Fraser 78-67 in a semifinal contest March 11 at Chippewa.

The Ramblers weren't able to mount a serious threat to Chippewa for the majority of the game, as the Big Reds led by double digits after each quarter.

Following the game, head coach Kevin Voss discussed the keys to Chippewa's victory.

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Published March 11, 2015

BERKLEY/FERNDALE — The 2015 basketball tournament came to a close for the Berkley High and Ferndale High basketball teams during district play last week.


Berkley reached a Class A district final before falling to Lathrup Village Southfield-Lathrup 60-39 in a March 4 contest at Royal Oak High.


Berkley, which ended the season with a 16-7 record, beat Oak Park High 47-35 in the semifinal after opening the tournament with a 44-28 victory against Beverly Hills Groves.


Lathrup improved to 21-1 with the district title.

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Published March 11, 2015

The boys baketball teams from Clinton Township Chippewa Valley and Fraser are playing a Class A district semifinal game at 7 p.m. tonight at Chippewa Valley.

Chippewa, which comes in with an overall record of 17-3, finished in second place in the Macomb Area Conference Red Division. The Ramblers finished fourth in the MAC Blue, and have an overall record of 9-12.

Fraser advanced to the semifinals courtesy of a 57-52 first-round victory against Harrison Township L'Anse Creuse. Chippewa received a first-round bye.

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Published March 11, 2015

FRASER — The latest group of Fraser High girls basketball players accomplished something that hasn’t been done in the program in a decade — they brought the school a division title.


The Ramblers went 11-1 in winning the Macomb Area Conference Blue Division. Fraser’s last league title came in 2005 when it was a member of the MAC Red.

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Published March 11, 2015

ROYAL OAK — Less than two weeks after being denied a shot to play for a league championship, the Royal Oak Shrine girls basketball team made up for it.

The Knights claimed a Class C district crown March 6, beating Bloomfield Hills Academy of the Sacred Heart 53-24 to earn the program its first playoff trophy since 2004.

“It’s awesome — as nice a feeling as we’ve had in a long time,” coach Wayne Gigante said. “This is the third year we’ve been working at this, and it was one of our main goals all season long.”

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Published March 11, 2015

STERLING HEIGHTS — Naturally, winning a division title is cause for celebration.

Even more gratifying is when you go undefeated on the road in winning your first division title since 1988.

That’s exactly what the Sterling Heights Stevenson boys basketball team did. The Titans finished the Macomb Area Conference White Division with an unblemished 12-0 record to take the league title. The team clinched the undefeated division mark with a 55-41 win over Utica Ford March 5 at Ford. Stevenson sat at 16-4 overall at press time.

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Published March 11, 2015

EASTPOINTE — East Detroit High’s girls hoops season ended in a 48-39 loss to Detroit Southeastern in a Class A district quarterfinal March 2 at Grosse Pointe South.


The Shamrocks finished 7-12 overall, including a 6-8 mark in the Macomb Area Conference Silver Division.


“That was an opportunity for us,” East Detroit coach Krysta Kreyger said of winning a playoff game. “We needed to take it and not let the opposition dictate the style of game played.”

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Published March 11, 2015

STERLING HEIGHTS/GROSSE POINTE — For the second year in a row, the Sterling Heights High girls basketball team will have a shot at the program's first regional title when it takes on Detroit Martin Luther King in a Class A regional final at 7 p.m. March 12 at Grosse Pointe South.

The Stallions (15-9) got to the regional final by beating St. Clair Shores Lake Shore 63-41 March 10 in a regional semi. King (22-1) bested Grosse Pointe South 43-36 March 10 to advance.

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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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