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Basketball

Published March 16, 2015

EASTPOINTE/ROSEVILLE — The East Detroit High boys basketball team saw its season end in a 62-40 loss to Detroit Southeastern in a Class A district quarterfinal March 9 at Grosse Pointe South. The Shamrocks ended the season at 1-18.


Roseville High’s boys fell 59-56 to St. Clair Shores Lake Shore in a Class A district semifinal March 11 at Clinton Township Chippewa Valley. The Panthers, who had a bye through the district quarters, ended the season at 12-9.

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Published March 16, 2015

ST. CLAIR SHORES — 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 that 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 was the first for Lake Shore since 2004.

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Published March 18, 2015

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — With just more than two minutes left before halftime in a district final, Eisenhower center Justin Greason landed awkwardly after leaping for an offensive rebound.

Greason, who had 16 of Eisenhower’s 23 points at that point in the game, fell to the floor, grabbing his left knee. A raucous crowd at Eisenhower was temporarily quieted, as Greason’s status would not be known until after halftime.

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Published March 13, 2015

Utica Eisenhower cranked up its defense, and Justin Greason continued to dominate as the Eagles used an 18-4 fourth quarter run to down Utica High 61-52 in a Class A district final on Friday night.

Utica led 38-36 to start the fourth quarter, but Eisenhower held Utica to four points the first 6:20 of the final stanza to clinch its second straight district title.

"Down two going into the fourth quarter, we haven't been in that position very much, and those kids stepped up," Eisenhower coach Dave Schwesinger said.

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Published March 13, 2015

DETROIT — Detroit Collegiate Prep at Northwestern defended its home court March 13 in a Class B district final.

The Colts beat Ferndale High 62-56 in overtime for the title, their first since 2008.

Northwestern's Cameron Lamarre hit a 3-pointer with 24 seconds left to tie it at 50-50.

“We were battle-tested the last couple of weeks and mentally prepared for this, so we weren’t going to be rattled easy,” said Northwestern coach Matthew Blount, whose squad goes to 9-9 on the season.

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Published March 12, 2015

GROSSE POINTE - The Detroit Martin Luther King girls basketball team proved too tough for Sterling Heights High in a March 14 Class A regional title game 54-21.

King (23-1) advances to take on either Romulus or Temperance Bedford in a state quarterfinal at 7 p.m. March 17 at Dearborn Fordson. Sterling Heights, which won a third straight district title, ends the season at 15-10.

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Published March 12, 2015

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SOUTHFIELD — Familiar foes, and for the third time this season, a very familiar result.

Sixteen teams in the Class A girls basketball playoffs have been trimmed to eight, and Birmingham Marian kept its title defense alive Thursday night with a convicing 49-33 victory over Catholic League rival Farmington Hills Mercy.

"It's a great feeling, because there's a lot of pressure on us," Marian coach Mary Cicerone said. "But we like that. We like the pressure."

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Published March 12, 2015

MADISON HEIGTHS — The end came in a familiar place and against a familiar foe.

“Tough to play a team four times in one season,” Madison Heights Bishop Foley girls basketball coach Dave Joseph said a day after his girls fell to Royal Oak Shrine 32-29 in last week’s Class C regional semifinal at Shrine. “I talked to (Shrine coach) Wayne Gigante before the game, and we both hoped our teams would play a good game, and whoever won would do so in a great game.

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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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