Basketball

Published March 5, 2013

When it comes to the postseason, Orchard Lake St. Mary’s boys basketball knows how to get it done.

The Eaglets have won six of its last seven districts, including two straight regional titles, and has captured nine district championships since 1999.

“I just think its part of building a tradition,” coach George Porritt said. “The kids have confidence going in and feel that it’s part of the tradition, knowing in the past that we have done it.”

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Published March 1, 2013

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WARREN — Down 32-28 at halftime, the Warren Cousino girls basketball team used all its alloted time to talk strategy before the start of the second half.

That proved to be a good approach, as the Patriots outscored the Saddlelites 36-19 in the second half to secure their second straight Michigan High School Athletic Association Class A district title March 1 at Warren Woods Tower with a 64-51 victory.

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Published February 27, 2013

FERNDALE — The process was more drawn out than anyone had hoped, both in the short term and the long term.

But after a drought that spanned more than a decade, the Ferndale High girls basketball program once again is the division champ.

“It’s great,” coach Eric Lloyd said last week. “These girls went out and earned it. This was something they set their sights on, and they went out and did it.”

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Published February 19, 2013

DETROIT — For three years, Catholic League girls basketball teams looked up at Bloomfield Hills Marian when it came to the postseason.

And then, for two years, the Mustangs fell short.

“We were overdue,” coach Mary Cicerone said with a laugh following a Feb. 17 victory against Dearborn Divine Child in the AB Division championship game at Calihan Hall. “It’s about time we got back up here.”

Cicerone was all smiles as she boasted about her team and its win against the defending league champs.

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Published February 19, 2013

After months of preparation, regular-season games and dissecting draws, girls throughout the state are set to tip-off the 2013 basketball postseason.

For the squad at West Bloomfield High, the hope centers on a bountiful payoff following a grueling run through the Oakland Activities Association Red Division.

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Published January 25, 2013

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The St. Clair Shores Lake Shore boys basketball team will look to avenge a 23-point loss it suffered Dec. 19 at the hands of St. Clair Shores Lakeview when the city rivals meet in a rematch slated for 7 p.m. Jan. 25 at Lakeview.

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Published January 21, 2013

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First place in the Macomb Area Conference Red Division will be on the line when the Utica Ford II girls basketball squad hits the road to face Grosse Pointe South at 7 p.m. Jan. 22. The matchup between the Falcons and Blue Devils highlights the C & G list of spotlight games for Jan. 22.

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Published May 1, 2012

Warren Woods Tower senior swingman Joe Zannetti signed a letter of commitment April 20 to play for Detroit’s Marygrove College this fall.

As a member of the Titans’ varsity squad, Zannetti was a two-year starter and served as team captain.

In his time with Tower, Zannetti was named team MVP, along with being selected as a first-team Macomb Area Conference Gold Division All-Conference member. With a 3.6 grade-point average, Zannetti was also a four-time MAC All-Academic team selection.

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Published March 29, 2012

DETROIT — After some past baby steps, Lake Orion High’s boys basketball program flexed its wings and soared off into success this season.

The Dragons won a regional championship for the first time in school history before falling March 20 in a Class A state quarterfinal 46-40 to Macomb L’Anse Creuse North at Calihan Hall on the campus of the University of Detroit-Mercy.

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Published March 28, 2012

The end of the winter sports season brings the announcement of the honor squads from the 36-team Macomb Area Conference. Among them, Clawson High’s boys and girls basketball teams were well represented in the MAC Silver Division — the league both programs compete in.

All-Conference teams have been chosen, along with league Most Valuable Player and Coach of the Year in each division. Below are the MAC Silver results. For complete lists and more photos, see our website at www.candg news.com.

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Published March 28, 2012

The Orchard Lake St. Mary’s boys basketball season came to a close, but not before a little redemption.

The Eaglets fell to Saginaw High 62-42 March 20 in a Class A quarterfinal.

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Published March 21, 2012

PONTIAC — Harper Woods Chandler Park Academy boys basketball coach Derrick Walton Sr. made sure his team watched as players from Detroit Country Day received their medals and a plaque after the Yellowjackets ended the Eagles’ season March 14 in a Class B regional final.

“I wanted them to see that,” Walton Sr. said. “I wanted it to stay in their minds that that’s where we want to be next year.”

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Published March 21, 2012

ROSEVILLE — Roseville High’s boys basketball team’s season came to an end March 9, as the Panthers fell 59-46 at home to Fraser High in a Class A district final.

“Fraser’s a good team,” Roseville coach Robbie Lang said. “Even though we lost tonight and didn’t do the things we were doing good to get us here, it was a good season.”

For more details and photos from the game, visit our website at www.candgnews.com.

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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.

Visit our website at www.can dgnews.com for more coverage and photos from the state tournament.

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