Basketball

Published January 12, 2011

EASTPOINTE — These days, Jerrell Cockrell is doing a lot more talking than he has in the past four years.

As the new head coach of the Eastpointe East Detroit girls basketball team, Cockrell is learning that the girls have a lot more to say than the boys.

“They like to talk a lot,” said Cockrell, who previously served as the freshman boys basketball coach and later as the assistant JV coach. “We sit down and have a lot of conversations. The girls are more interested in learning about the game.”

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Published January 18, 2011

BEVERLY HILLS — First-year Birmingham Groves boys basketball coach Scott Scheckell sees it as a clean slate.

With no returning starters from a squad that finished 3-18 last season, and only four players back with varsity experience, Scheckell is starting his program from scratch.

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Published January 18, 2011

Harrison Township L’Anse Creuse boys basketball coach John Haas is hoping for a fresh start from his team as the Lancers fully enter Macomb Area Conference Red Division play.

The squad started the season 0-3; all three losses came against good opponents by close margins.

The frustrating part for Haas isn’t that the Lancers are hanging with some solid teams and just coming up short, it’s the fact that he feels the team should be winning those games.

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Published January 17, 2011

ROYAL OAK — Just as every team huddle has ended since practice began in November, the Jan. 6 Royal Oak Shrine boys basketball practice ended with one word shouted in unison by the players: “trust.”

“We think trust is one of the most important things that a team can have,” coach Mike Massucci said. “In any relationship, the foundation is trust.”

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Published January 17, 2011

As boys basketball teams dive into division action across the Macomb Area Conference, Utica High knows it will have its work cut out for it.

The Chieftains play in the MAC White Division — a league that is quickly being tabbed as one of the most competitive and deep around.

“It seems no matter who you talk to, every coach from every division is stating how talented the White Division is,” Utica coach Gerry Kraemer said.

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Published January 17, 2011

At first, West Bloomfield High boys basketball coach Jeremy Denha threw it out there half-jokingly.

Learning that he had gotten the job to lead the Lakers, Denha called his old high school coach, Jim Barker, and asked him to join the staff.

Denha played for Barker, a Basketball Coaches Association of Michigan Hall of Fame coach, in the late 1990s at Utica Ford II.

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Published January 17, 2011

LATHRUP VILLAGE — The burden of loss still lingered, an unavoidable consequence of a brutal week.

Hearts were heavy, having been exhausted by loss and tested by faith.
But for now, the tears have stopped.

In this gym, on a cold, January afternoon, smiles had returned.

Basketballs bounced off the hardwood as the players’ emotions continued their long rebound back to normalcy, or something close to it.

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