Basketball

Published March 21, 2012

FAIR HAVEN — Fraser High boys basketball coach Marshall Wandrei compared the postseason to being “on a rollercoaster.”

It has its ups and downs.

The Ramblers were on top of the world after winning their first district title in 14 years, but they came right back down after falling in the final few seconds of a March 12 regional semifinal.

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Published March 20, 2012

EAST LANSING — Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett’s girls basketball team’s second consecutive bid for a state title again fell just shy, as the Knights lost in the Class C final March 17.

Morley-Stanwood (28-0) edged Liggett (22-5) 61-57 in the championship game played at the Breslin Center on the campus of Michigan State University.

Liggett returned to the finals for the second year in a row after topping Riverview Gabriel Richard in a March 13 quarterfinal and Concord High in a March 15 semifinal.

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Published March 20, 2012

Rochester High boys basketball coach John Pleasant admits the loss in the Class A district final hurts.

The Falcons fell to Lake Orion High 48-44 March 9 at Rochester Adams.

Rochester’s last title came in 1988, and it’s played in three finals since then.

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Published March 19, 2012

Fairly or unfairly, the Beverly Hills Detroit Day girls basketball program is judged from one year to the next, and one graduating class to the next, by the number of state championships won.

It’s just the simple reality for a program where expectations often supersede reality.

Coach Frank Orlando understands it.

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Published March 17, 2012

EAST LANSING - Grosse Pointe South's girls basketball team came close to winning the Class A state championship, but ended up losing a last-second thriller to Grand Haven March 17 at Michigan State University's Breslin Center.

The Blue Devils carried the play through the first three quarters, but Grand Haven made a late charge and won 54-53.

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Published March 16, 2012

Warren De La Salle’s boys basketball team’s season came to an end March 12 in the regional semifinal round.

The Pilots (19-5) fell 72-50 to Detroit Martin Luther King (19-7) in a Class A contest at Detroit Cass Tech.

The team won the Catholic League’s Central Division for the fifth year in a row and a district title for the 14th straight season.

“I’m proud that its one of the best runs in the Catholic League,” De La Salle coach Greg Esler said. “I’m happy. You analyze everything, you made a great run.”

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Published March 16, 2012

WARREN — Warren Mott’s boys basketball team’s season came to an end March 9, as the Marauders fell 73-55 to Warren De La Salle in Class A action at Warren Woods Tower.

“We had our game plan down; then, we got away from what was working,” Mott coach Jeff Graus said.

Anthony Brooks led the Marauders with 24 points, as they fell to the Pilots in districts for the fourth year in a row.

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Published March 16, 2012

All in all, Madison Heights Bishop Foley boys basketball coach Marc West called it a successful year.

The Ventures finished 20-4 overall, with their fifth Class C district title in a row and back-to-back Catholic High School League C-D tournament championships.

Foley’s season came to a close with a 64-28 loss against Detroit Consortium March 12 in a regional semifinal.

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Published March 15, 2012

PONTIAC — Down 32 points late in a Class B regional final loss to Harper Woods Chandler Park Academy March 12, Clinton Township Clintondale junior Jacob Babbitt, a non-starter, drained a three to score the last points in a 66-37 game that ended the Dragons season.

You’d think the shot put Clintondale ahead the way the bench erupted when the ball ripped through the net.

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Published March 15, 2012

WARREN — At 5-15, 2-10 in the Macomb Area Conference Blue Division, you might think those associated with the 2011-12 Warren Lincoln boys basketball team would find few positives in the team’s recently ended season.

You’d be wrong.

“We competed every night,” Abes coach Jeff McGavin said following his team’s March 6 61-57 double overtime loss to Clawson in the opening round of a Class B district tournament.

“We really did fight hard all year. We just weren’t able to put everything together some nights.”

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Published March 14, 2012

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PONTIAC — The Detroit Country Day boys basketball team is headed back to another state quarterfinal after the Yellowjackets used their size in downing Harper Woods Chandler Park Academy 89-52 in a Class B regional final March 14 at Pontiac Notre Dame Prep.

The Country Day defense held the Eagles to 37 percent shooting from the field, while the Yellowjackets hit a blistering 57 percent of their shots in the contest. Country Day (20-4) also outscored Chandler Park (18-6) 24 to 6 from the 3-point line.

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Published March 14, 2012

Grosse Pointe South’s and Grosse Pointe University Liggett’s girls basketball teams won regional titles and advanced to play in the final rounds of their respective state tournament divisions after press time.

The Blue Devils, competing in Class A, and Ligget (Class C), were slated to play in state quarterfinals March 13. Should they win, they will advance to the state semifinals, which are played at the Breslin Center at Michigan State University, which is also the site of the state finals.

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Published March 14, 2012

It’s been a historic run for two local boys basketball teams this season.

Southfield Christian won its first district title since 1982 and Southfield High won its third straight district title in a row — a feat only done once in school history.

Southfield Christian has also won its first regional game, beating Clarkston Everest Collegiate 64-42 March 12 at Birmingham Roeper.

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Published March 14, 2012

STERLING HEIGHTS — Chippewa Valley’s girls basketball team’s playoff run ended in the regional finals, as the Big Reds fell 69-48 to Grosse Pointe South March 8 at Utica Ford II.

The players could hold their heads high, though, walking off the court after an impressive season. Chippewa finished the year 14-10 overall, winning a district title for the first time in four years.

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Published March 14, 2012

FAIR HAVEN — Macomb L’Anse Creuse North’s boys basketball team’s March 12 regional semifinal victory over Fraser High wasn’t just a thrilling win, it was a historic one.

The Crusaders’ 51-50 win at Anchor Bay over the Ramblers marked the first time in program history LCN has won a regional game.

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Published March 14, 2012

FERNDALE — The Ferndale girls basketball team’s season ended March 6 in a 73-45 regional semifinal loss to Dearborn Divine Child. It was a game Eagles coach Berwyn Ellis didn’t see his squad playing in at the start of the season.

“Every year, teams set goals, and last year, we said we wanted to win one game in the state playoffs,” said Ellis, the second-year coach of a Ferndale squad that finished the season 12-12.

That one win blossomed into three and a district title, which Ferndale locked up March 2 in a win over Ferndale University.

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Published March 13, 2012

DETROIT — The historic season that Grosse Pointe South's girls basketball team is enjoying will continue, as the Blue Devils defeated Waterford Kettering 58-54 Tuesday evening March 13 in a Class A quarterfinal game played at Calihan Hall.

South (22-3) had already advanced further than it has in the history of the program by winnining  a district title this season, and now the Blue Devils will be heading to East Lansing to face Ann Arbor Huron (21-5) in a semifinal matchup at 2:50 p.m. Friday, March 16 at MSU's Breslin Center.

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Published March 13, 2012

Madison Heights Bishop Foley (18-5) won its fifth district championship in seven years when it defeated Royal Oak Shrine 50-39 in the Class C final March 2.

“It never gets old,” said Bishop Foley coach Dave Joseph following the district final. “It’s always nice to win a district championship. Shrine played very hard. I would like to commend them.

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Published March 13, 2012

MOUNT CLEMENS — Led by its fullcourt, trapping defense and a knack for getting to the basket, the Madison Heights High boys basketball team polished off two opponents March 5 and March 7 and kept its hopes of winning a district title alive.

The district final, in which the Eagles (20-1 at press time) matched up against Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett took place March 9, after press time.

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Published March 12, 2012

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PONTIAC — A season that saw the Clintondale boys basketball team bring the school its first district title in 20 years ended when the Dragons  fell to Harper Woods Chandler Park Academy 66-37 in a Class B regional semifinal March 12 at Pontiac Notre Dame Prep.

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