Basketball

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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Published March 23, 2011

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DETROIT — Southfield High boys basketball is heading to familiar territory.

The Blue Jays beat East Detroit High 59-47 in a Class A quarterfinal March 22 at Calihan Hall in Detroit to punch their ticket to the final four.

“We have unfinished business,” Southfield senior Carlton Brundidge said. “We’re just striving to win a state championship.”

Southfield moves to 20-5 overall and meets Kalamazoo Central (23-3) at 1 p.m. March 25 at the Breslin Center on the campus of Michigan State University.

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Published March 23, 2011

DETROIT — Warren Regina’s basketball team got hot when it matterd most, running off a seven-game winning streak and making an appearance in the Class A state quarterfinals.

The Saddlelites’ Cinderella run came to an end after a 49-37 loss to Detroit Renaissance March 15 at Calihan Hall.

The Saddlelites entered the quarterfinal against Renaissance (21-3), a squad that finished state runner-up in Class A last year and won its city championship this season, three games over .500 and with district and regional titles.

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Published March 23, 2011

ST. CLAIR SHORES — At the beginning of the season, Harrison Township L’Anse Creuse boys basketball coach John Haas gathered his senior-laden team to talk about leaving a footprint.

By season’s end, Haas addressed his team and told them they did more than that.
They had left a legacy.

The Lancers, who lost 45-39 in a March 14 Class A regional semifinal at St. Clair Shores Lake Shore to Clinton Township Chippewa Valley, ended a nearly 35-year postseason title drought when they won their first district title since 1976.

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Published March 23, 2011

The game was over. The season was over.

The other team was celebrating with the trophy, but it was the home team that got one more ovation from its fans.

Utica Ford II’s boys basketball team had played its heart out in a 51-49 March 11 Class A district final loss to Chippewa Valley, and the Falcons’ fans wanted to show their appreciation one last time.

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Published March 22, 2011

If the one-and-done reality of the playoff season ever took a cruel grasp of a team, it was this year’s Beverly Hills Detroit Country Day girls basketball squad.

In the first 24 games of the 2010-11 season and postseason, the Yellowjackets were a perfect 24-0.

In their first and only loss of the year, it all came to an end.

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Published March 23, 2011

Madison Heights Bishop Foley boys basketball coach Marc West admits that it was hard saying goodbye to his seniors following a loss in a Class C regional semifinal March 14 at home.

The Ventures fell to Detroit Consortium 86-55.

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Published March 23, 2011

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Somewhere at the bottom of the program for East Detroit boys basketball games it should read: “Warning. Shamrocks basketball games not for the faint of heart.”

East Detroit followed up a buzzer-beating district final win against Detroit Finney on March 11 with a pair of exciting finishes in the regional rounds at St. Clair Shores Lake Shore.

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Published March 22, 2011

Beverly Hills Detroit Country Day boys basketball won its Class B regional title.

The Yellowjackets beat Pontiac Notre Dame Prep 71-55 March 16 at Imlay City High in the final. In the semis, Country Day beat Detroit Osborn 69-35 March 14 at Imlay City.

The Yellowjackets played Flint Powers March 22, after press time. The winner of the quarterfinal plays at 6 p.m. March 25 at the Breslin Center in East Lansing.

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Published March 23, 2011

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Warren De La Salle’s basketball team wrapped up another successful season March 14, falling in a Class A regional semifinal to East Detroit at St. Clair Shores Lake Shore.

The Pilots (21-3) were hoping to return to the Breslin Center on the campus of Michigan State University — the site of the state semifinals and finals.

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Published March 22, 2011

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Chippewa Valley’s boys basketball team had its season ended March 16, but the Big Reds made plenty of noise before being knocked out of the state tournament.

Chippewa returned with a bang to the upper echelons of Macomb County boys hoops, winning the Macomb Area Conference Red Division crown and a district title.

But the Big Reds’ quest for a third championship this season was cut short in a close-fought Class A regional final against East Detroit at St. Clair Shores Lake Shore.

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Published March 21, 2011

C&G Newspapers

Southfield High and East Detroit’s boys basketball teams will meet in a Class A state quarterfinal game at 5:30 p.m. March 22 at the University of Detroit Mercy’s Calihan Hall highlighting an evening of elite local hoops action.

Elsewhere, Orchard Lake St. Mary’s and Beverly Hills Detroit Country Day’s teams play in separate games.

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Published March 18, 2011

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He entered the game with the mindset of “beating the best if you want to be the best.”
He left the game with an even greater appreciation for a program many consider, well, the best.

Pat Battani went in to the Class B regional final excited to see just how his Pontiac Notre Dame Prep girls basketball team stacked up against Beverly Hills Country Day. And, as the Fighting Irish coach explained, his girls hung with the Yellowjackets step for step.

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Published March 19, 2011