Fraser High senior Tai Davis drives with the ball during a game against Rochester High earlier this season. Davis said Fraser “came through big” after graduating nine players from last season’s team.

Fraser High senior Tai Davis drives with the ball during a game against Rochester High earlier this season. Davis said Fraser “came through big” after graduating nine players from last season’s team.

Photo by Donna Agusti


Fraser High boys hoops playing strong despite inexperience

By: Mark Vest | Fraser - Clinton Township Chronicle | Published January 21, 2019

 Fraser High junior Jacob Rodgers copes with a Rochester High defender earlier this season. At press time, Fraser was tied for third place in the Macomb Area Conference Gold Division.

Fraser High junior Jacob Rodgers copes with a Rochester High defender earlier this season. At press time, Fraser was tied for third place in the Macomb Area Conference Gold Division.

Photo by Donna Agusti

FRASER — Sometimes in life there is more than meets the eye, and sports can be a good example of that.

At press time, Fraser High’s boys basketball team was 5-6 overall and 4-3 in the Macomb Area Conference Gold Division.

Fraser coach Matt Lockhart has a pretty good reason for the positive evaluation he offered for his team.

“Nobody expected our kids to be where they are right now,” Lockhart said. “We graduated nine last year. Overall, I think our kids are doing well.”

Senior captains Tai Davis and Joshua Snorden, as well as junior captain Thomas McNelis, can be credited with helping Fraser adapt after graduating so many players.

“They’ve taken (the) challenge,” Lockhart said. “After graduating nine, they accepted the challenge, and they’re doing a great job.”

Davis said the Ramblers bounced back and “came through big” after the graduation of those players.

“The seniors last year, they were good leaders,” Davis said. “They led us, and now it’s our (the current seniors) time to lead our team.”

Although Lockhart said losing nine players was “a lot,” he discussed what he thinks are the keys for why things have been going as well as they have this season.

“We’ve been playing well together,” Lockhart said. “We changed our defense a little bit this year. We made a few adjustments. It took a little bit, but it was (probably) better for the team that we have, the way we’re playing right now.”

For a time, Lockhart said his team was No. 1 in the county defensively. That aspect of the Ramblers’ game is just one of the areas he considers to be a strength. The Ramblers have let up an average of 48.2 points per game, which is second best only to Roseville High (46.8) in all of the MAC.

“We’re not very big,” Lockhart said. “We play hard, but we play as a unit defensively. Our strength is our toughness. It’s who we are. It may not be pretty, but it’s who we are.”

Aside from aspiring to get a “good seed” at the MAC Tournament, which is scheduled to begin Feb. 7, Lockhart would also like to finish the year with a winning record, which would be a first since the program’s 2012-13 season.

He said the state of the program is on the rise.

“That’s what our goal is as a program, is to get better every day,” Lockhart said.

Up next, Fraser plays at 7 p.m. Jan. 25 at Sterling Heights High before returning home to face Port Huron Northern at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 29.