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Ford II boys hoops team has plenty of work at halfway point

By: Jon Malavolti | Sterling Heights Sentry | Published February 2, 2011

 Utica Ford II senior Eric Posavetz shoots over an opponent during a game earlier this season. The Falcons are hoping to remain in the hunt for the MAC Red title.

Utica Ford II senior Eric Posavetz shoots over an opponent during a game earlier this season. The Falcons are hoping to remain in the hunt for the MAC Red title.

Photo by Donna Agusti

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Midway through division action, Utica Ford II’s boys basketball team is checking itself out in a mirror.

Sometimes, the Falcons like what they see, and other times, it becomes clear they’ve got some work to do.

Ford was 7-4 overall and 3-2 in the Macomb Area Conference Red Division at press time.

“We need to be more consistent with our performance and shoot an even better percentage from the free-throw line,” Ford coach Mark Bray said. “We have been up and down since Christmas.”

In a seven game span between Jan. 6 and Jan. 25, the Falcons were 4-3, kicking things off with a 10-point win against Utica Eisenhower. They followed that up with a 17-point loss to Chippewa Valley, and then went on a three-game winning streak. Two of those wins were by a combined seven points, while the third was a 54-27 blowout of L’Anse Creuse.

But, as has happened often to Ford this season, the tables were quickly turned, with the team losing its next two games by three points apiece.

Bray is hoping the Falcons remedy that situation.

“Our goal is to play our best every day, and if that happens, we have confidence that we can compete for a league and district title,” the coach said.

The league crown had plenty of contenders nearing the halfway point, with six of the MAC Red’s seven teams all within two games of each other in the standings at press time. Ford was tied for third with Romeo, sitting a half game behind L’Anse Creuse (4-2) and a game behind leaders Chippewa Valley (4-1). L’Anse Creuse North and Dakota were both close behind at 2-3.

Bray knows nothing will come easy in the league as teams search for separation in the second half of the schedule.

“Games in the MAC Red are tougher in that if you take a play off or make a mistake, that could be the difference in winning or losing. In non-conference games and crossovers, there is a larger margin for error.”

If the Falcons were to find success as the season moves on, it’ll likely be driven by their frontcourt, as Bray highlighted the play of seniors Aaron Cox, Shane Ellis, Dalonte Blackburn and junior Les Olson.

Catch Ford in action in a key MAC Red game at 7 p.m. Feb. 4 at Chippewa Valley. The girls basketball teams will also be playing at Chippewa that night, with the varsity squads going head-to-head at 5:30 p.m.
 

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