Published December 15, 2011

CLINTON TOWNSHIP —Clinton Township Clintondale boys basketball coach Rob Townsend said that because of the style of play he is implementing, all 14 guys on his depth chart will see the floor in each of the squad’s games.

“We’re going to press 50 to 75 percent of the time, so we’re going to need all of our guys to be ready,” said Townsend, in his fifth year as the Dragons head coach. “We’re going to try to get offense from our defense, from traps and presses, depending on the situation.”

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Published December 7, 2011

LATHRUP VILLAGE — This was intensity, defined in every way.

Three-on-three play with take backs.

No out of bounds lines, no foul calls, just wholehearted intensity from one whistle to the next.

With a quick glance, it may even be confused with chaos, and rightfully so.

But this is exactly what Michele Jackson wants.

This is exactly the way her team needs to play.

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Published December 7, 2011

ST. CLAIR SHORES — The loss of key contributors from last year’s team has led St. Clair Shores Lake Shore basketball coach Todd Stevens to implement a new style of play this season.

“We’re going to have to get out and run,” said Stevens, in his eighth season with the program. “Our tallest guys are 6 foot 2, so we’re gonna have to get up and down the floor because of a lack of size.”

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Published December 7, 2011

“Success breeds success” is a cliché commonly used in sports.

And before Harrison Township L’Anse Creuse’s boys basketball team has even played an official game this season, that saying seems to be true for the Lancers.

Last year, the squad won its first district title in 35 years.

At tryouts this year, coach John Haas began to see the dividends of that success pay off.

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Published November 30, 2011

With the winter sports season around the corner, East Detroit’s girls basketball team is looking forward to a bright future.

The Shamrocks have a young team and a new coach.

“We are young, small, fast and extremely aggressive,” coach Krysta Kreyger said. “We have a good balance, and every one is competing and working hard together.”

The team is eager get going and put last year’s winless season out of mind.

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Published November 30, 2011

If what he has witnessed in practice is any indication of things to come, then Lake Shore girls basketball coach Jimmy Roehm likes his team’s chances of being in the thick of things in the MAC Gold this season.

There are a couple of assets that nearly every basketball coach hopes for when they look at their roster, and Roehm will have both of them to work with when his Shorians team takes to the court in 2011-2012.

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Published November 23, 2011

TROY — Less than 30 minutes apart, and only a few miles from one another, a pair of long-time friends and former teammates took part in what had served as a lifelong dream.

For Troy High’s Karin Moss and Troy Athens’ Sinclair Russell, playing college basketball is now a reality.

The pair of senior standouts at their respective schools signed their national letters of intent Nov. 14, officially declaring themselves college basketball players.

Moss to Buffalo

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Published June 28, 2011

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Many of the area’s best recently graduated high school basketball players took part in a pair of All-Star games June 16 at Macomb Community College in Warren.

The budding event showcased the top talents the county has to offer for the second straight year.

“The All-Star games are definitely growing,” MCC women’s coach Jay Ritchie said. “We not only had great turnout from the players, we had great attendance with over 1,000 in the building for the games.”

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Published May 25, 2011

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As Gregory Kelser added an east side location to his youth basketball camp circuit last year, he wondered what the response might be.

It was so overwhelming that the former NBA player and current Detroit Pistons analyst has decided to add an additional east side camp this summer.

“We thought the response was terrific,” Kelser said.

Kelser will now hold three separate camps — at Grosse Pointe North High School July 18-22, at Grosse Pointe South July 25-29 and at Birmingham Groves July 11-15.

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Published April 18, 2011

DETROIT — Don’t label them lucky and don’t refer to them as flukes.
These Shamrocks knew how to win.

In a three-year period, the core of the East Detroit boys basketball team won 56 games.
Not exactly one-hit wonders.

And when that trio of Ethan Blackwell, Johnnie Mills and Charles Baskin were joined by Jalan Smith, C.J. Bates and Steven Lewis in prominent playing roles this season — the six seniors produced the most successful season in the past 45 years of program history.

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Published April 12, 2011

After a regular season filled with conference battles and a postseason marked with memorable runs, the Oakland Activities Association girls basketball coaches took one last grip on the winter season before spring could take over.

Some of the state’s most prolific players called the OAA home during the 2010-11 season, and those players were honored last month when the best of the best were named to the league’s All-Association team.

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Published April 6, 2011

It was a common theme from the boys basketball coaches in the Oakland Activities Association in 2011 — no easy nights.

The season came to a close and was one of the Oakland Activities Association’s most competitive years.

“From top to bottom, from the No. 1 team to the No. 9 team, believe it or not, anyone can beat anyone,” Troy High coach Gary Fralick said earlier in the year of the OAA White. “I think it’s wonderful, because we don’t have to sell the kids that (each) game is going to be tough.”

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Published April 5, 2011

As a young, aspiring coach, Tom Negoshian visited his old basketball coach, Ralph Grubb, for some advice.

Negoshian — who has led the North Farmington boys basketball program for 25 years — asked the veteran why he had coached so long and what does he enjoy about it.

“Right then, a kid walked by him and I in the hallway and said, ‘Hey coach,’” Negoshian remembered.

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Published April 6, 2011

Now that the blood, sweat and tears of another Macomb Area Conference boys basketball season have dried, it’s time to look back on the year that was and recognize the players and coaches who received All-Conference honors in their respective divisions. Most Valuable Player and Coach of the Year honors were also awarded.

The MAC was loaded with talent this year, and it showed in the postseason. Eastpointe East Detroit became the first team from the conference to reach the quarterfinal round since Grosse Pointe North did it in 2005.

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Published March 30, 2011

TROY — Troy High senior Mike Sully can pinpoint the moment his basketball team made the turn.

The Colts were trailing Troy Athens by 10 points at halftime Dec. 14 in the fourth game of the year.

“Right then, during the halftime speech, we came together as a team and came back in the second half and played all out and won,” Sully said.

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Published March 30, 2011

Grosse Pointe South guard/forward Aisha Rodney capped off her senior season as the Macomb Area Conference White Division’s Most Valuable Player.

Rodney, who will play Division I basketball for the University of Massachusetts this fall, played a crucial role in the Blue Devils’ run to first place in the MAC White in their first year in the league after she was a key cog in the squad’s past two MAC Blue titles.

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Published March 30, 2011

The Southfield High boys basketball season came to a close March 25 at the Breslin Center in East Lansing in a Class A semifinal.

The Blue Jays lost to eventual state champion Kalamazoo Central 44-42, putting an end to the prep careers of a special class of seniors.

“They’ve had a major impact on our basketball program as well as the community,” coach Gary Teasley said in the postgame press conference.

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Published March 28, 2011

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The boys basketball season wrapped up and several local squads found themselves battling in the final four.

In Class A, Southfield High lost to eventual state champion Kalamazoo Central 44-42 March 25 at the Breslin Center in East Lansing in a Class A semifinal.

For the game, Southfield shot 32 percent, while Central shot 31.5 percent.

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Published March 24, 2011

SOUTHFIELD — Gary Teasley’s love affair with the game of basketball began more than 40 years ago.

The Southfield High boys basketball coach remembers getting his first pair of basketball shoes —Converse All Stars with red shoelaces — as an 8-year-old.

Years later, he remembers sitting in front of the TV in his northwest Detroit home watching Detroit Pershing play in the 1970 Class A state championship.

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Published March 23, 2011

EAST LANSING — Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett coach Wayne Gigante knew it wasn’t going to be easy.

Despite handily beating Sand Creek 49-29 in the March 17 Class C semifinal, St. Ignace was a whole other machine. In its semifinal, St. Ignace — the 2010 state runner-up — avenged last year’s double-overtime state finals loss to Flint Hamady with a 62-55 victory.

In the March 19 Class C state final, the Saints’ depth made the difference down the stretch, ending Liggett’s season in a 65-54 decision.

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