Basketball

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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Published March 12, 2012

MOUNT CLEMENS — The Mount Clemens High boys basketball team saw its season end in a 73-62 loss to Madison Heights High March 7 in a Class C district semifinal at Mount Clemens, but the Bathers’ season had its share of highlights.

The squad that finished 15-6 this season comprised an entirely new roster, according to coach Kurt Wilson. That group went 10-2 in winning the Macomb Area Conference Gold Division.

The 2011-12 division title is Mount Clemens’ third straight.

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Published March 9, 2012

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WARREN — On the strength of its trapping, pressing defense and solid shooting on offense, the Detroit Country Day boys basketball team  took home another district title followng a 66-37 triumph over Clawson March 9 at Warren Lincoln.

In  a Class B district final, the Yellowjackets used their defense to force a number of turnovers and went on big runs at various points of virtually every quarter.

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Published March 9, 2012

The boys basketball postseason started and ended for the local teams last week on the opening night of districts March 5.

In a Class A district at St. Clair Shores Lake Shore, the host Shorians fell 57-40 to Grosse Pointe North, and St. Clair Shores Lakeview lost 56-53 to Grosse Pointe South. In Class B, St. Clair Shores South Lake fell 87-50 to Detroit Crockett.

Huskies have high hopes

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Published March 7, 2012

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MOUNT CLEMENS — The Madison Heights High boys basketball team hit a number of high-percentage shots in besting Mount Clemens 73-62 March 7 in a Class C district semifinal.

In the win, 54 of the Eagles' 73 points came on shots inside of 7 feet of the basket. The rest came via the free- throw line. A number of those buckets came off deflections and steals forced by the Madison (20-1) defense.

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Published March 7, 2012

The battles are what he’ll remember most, the constant back and forth from one game to the next in a league he considers one of the best in the state.

Dennis Koch would have liked a better record for his Troy High girls basketball team this year, and he’ll be the first to admit that.

Still, he knows the 9-12 mark the Colts finished with can be misleading, and he’ll be the first to explain that.

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Published March 7, 2012

The drama that the girls high school basketball district tournaments can provide has come and gone this year, and for the local teams, it proved to be season ending.

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; Shrine was the only local squad to reach a district final.

“It never gets old,” said Bishop Foley coach Dave Joseph. “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 6, 2012

In each of the past two years, Brad Crighton took his Rochester Hills Stoney Creek girls basketball team to a Class A district final.

In each of the past two years, the Cougars were left to deal with heartbreak on the final night of the district round.

The third time proved to be the charm.

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Published March 6, 2012

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — It seemed like every time Utica Eisenhower’s girls basketball team would make a run and gain some momentum, Romeo High would counter with a run of its own.

And just when it seemed like things were finally going the Eagles’ way, the clock ran out.

The game, and the season, were over.

Ike battled and battled, but couldn’t overtake Romeo, the Macomb Area Conference Red Division champs, in the March 2 Class A district final at Eisenhower 53-51.

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Published March 6, 2012

There was no way to wrap it in paper or decorate it with a bow and a personal card, but Frank Orlando got a 69th birthday present he won’t soon forget.

The long-time Beverly Hills Detroit Country Day girls basketball coach spent his big day on the sidelines, helping guide his girls to yet another Class B district title, and that was gift enough.

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Published March 6, 2012

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FARMINGTON — A 15-3 run by the Ann Arbor Huron girls basketball team that spanned the third and fourth quarters of a regional semifinal matchup with West Bloomfield proved to be the difference, as the River Rats bested the Lakers 50-44 at Farmington High March 6, ending West Bloomfield's season.

The run — the biggest in a game that was tight throughout — gave Huron a 47-35 lead, which the Lakers battled back to cut to three with 55.6 seconds left, but River Rats sealed the win with free throws.

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Published March 5, 2012

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WARREN —  With 13.3 seconds left in double overtime, Clawson senior guard Tywaun Watkins calmly stepped to the line and sank two free throws to seal a 61-57 victory March 5 over Warren Lincoln in the first round of a Class C district tournament game. 

Trojans coach Billy Shellenbarger was happy to pick up the win, but wasn't exactly pleased with the way his team executed.

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Published March 1, 2012

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SOUTHFIELD — In besting crosstown rival Southfield High March 2 to win a distric title, Southfield-Lathrup over the course of the district final ran a variety of defensive sets in getting a 48-29 victory.

The win gives the Chargers nine district titles in the last 10 years.

"We won a state title in 2006 and I've told every group since then that the teams that win at this time of the season are the teams that play great defense," said Lathrup coach Michele Marshall, in her 20th year with the team.

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Published March 1, 2012

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LIVONIA —Ferndale High sophomore Taryn Stephens was at a loss for words after her squad edged Ferndale University High 60-53 at Livonia Clarenceville High School March 2 in a hard-fought Class B district final.

"All you can really do is smile," said Stephens, whose ball handling led to a broken press and lay-up that pushed the Eagles' lead to 55-45 late in the fourth quarter.

"We just fought so hard. It feels really good."

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Published February 29, 2012

SOUTHFIELD — Even Southfield Christian boys basketball coach Josh Baker admits he’s a little surprised at the domination his team has shown this season.

Baker, who was an assistant with Class A power Romulus High the last nine seasons, has the Eagles 16-2 overall and 13-0 in the Michigan Independent Athletic Conference Blue Division.

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Published February 29, 2012

CLAWSON — In winning consecutive Macomb Area Conference Silver Division titles, the 11 seniors on the Clawson High boys basketball team have built a legacy they should carry with them even after they leave the program, according to coach Billy Shellenbarger.

“In accomplishing this, they’ve learned what you get when you put in hours of hard work and you develop toughness, you stick together, and you play hard every night,” said Shellenbarger, in his fourth year with the Trojans.

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Published February 29, 2012

With the boys basketball state playoffs right around the corner, the local St. Clair Shores squads are preparing for district tournament action. Each squad has its own set of challenges and storylines ahead of them.

District drought

Lakeview is hoping to snap a streak of not having won a district game since 2004. To do so, the Huskies hope to fine-tune their game and carry some of their momentum from a successful regular season into the postseason.

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Published February 29, 2012

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WEST BLOOMFIELD — A 17-4 second quarter helped the West Bloomfield High girls hoops team shoot its way into a district final for the first time since 2008, as the Lakers bested Walled Lake Western 56-42 in a Class A district semifinalFeb. 29 at West Bloomfield.

The win gives West Bloomfield a 9-12 mark and sets up a showdown March 2 with North Farmington, which  got past Farmington Hills Harrison 43-33 in the other district semi at West Bloomfield.

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Published February 20, 2012

FRASER — The Fraser High boys basketball team knows a few things about itself now that it didn’t two months ago.

The Ramblers know their strengths and their weaknesses.

They know what they’ve done and what they have to do.

With the postseason rapidly approaching, Fraser hopes to utilize its newfound knowledge for success.

“I think that we’ve learned along the way what gives us problems that prevents us from being successful, and we would like to fix that,” coach Marshall Wandrei said.

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