Attention Readers
In response to the coronavirus pandemic, C & G Newspapers has temporarily suspended its print publications. We look forward to resuming our print operation in the coming weeks. In the meantime, continue to find local news on our website and look for us on Facebook and Twitter. We hope you stay healthy and safe.
 Birmingham Groves coach Benny White huddles with his team Jan. 7 during a game against Farmington High at home. At press time, the Falcons were 4-5 overall and 0-2 in the Oakland Activities Association White Division.

Birmingham Groves coach Benny White huddles with his team Jan. 7 during a game against Farmington High at home. At press time, the Falcons were 4-5 overall and 0-2 in the Oakland Activities Association White Division.

Photo by John McTaggart


Groves boys basketball continuing to grow

By: Jacob Herbert | Birmingham - Bloomfield Eagle | Published January 14, 2020

 Groves senior Devon White goes up for a layup in the game against Farmington. White is one of two senior leaders the Falcons are leaning on this season.

Groves senior Devon White goes up for a layup in the game against Farmington. White is one of two senior leaders the Falcons are leaning on this season.

Photo by John McTaggart

Advertisement
Advertisement

BIRMINGHAM — As he enters his second season as the coach of Birmingham Groves boys hoops, Benny White does so with a team that is continuing to learn and adapt to the way he runs a basketball program.

At press time, the Falcons were 4-5 overall and 0-2 in the Oakland Activities Association White Division.

“I know it’s going in a good direction,” White said. “Guys are learning the commitment that it takes to be a good player and a good team.”

Early on in the season, White said it’s all about establishing consistency and learning how to fight through the mental toughness that it takes to play the game. He said the Falcons are trending in the right direction.

“I’m thankful and pleased with the way they work,” the coach said. “They give all they’ve got, and as a coach, that’s kind of all you can ask for.”

In terms of standouts, the Falcons have a trio of players who lead the team in that department in Devon White, Adolphus Cast and Daniel Lee.

According to their coach, Cast is a cerebral kind of player who helps from a coaching perspective; Devon White is strong and is able to get to the basket and get shots off with ease; and Lee can be described as the Falcons’ most versatile player.

“(Lee is) starting to settle down and play good basketball,” Benny White said. “I think he’s going to break through soon and be one of the better players in the state.”

Other areas of growth White would like to see from his team are scoring and sharing the basketball, as well as being confident. The Falcons are scoring 60 points per game on average and giving up 53.

Senior forward Justin Sheppeard wants to see the team improve in every aspect of its game.

“Defensively we want to get better, and offensively we want to get better,” he said. “We want to share the ball more. Learning how to work as a unit is most important.”

White has not laid out goals for his team yet this season, but admitted that it is something he plans to work on soon. As a team, the Falcons have talked amongst themselves about wanting to win the league, and their ability to defend could go a long way in accomplishing that goal.

White said the division is a wide-open race with no one team being better than the other.

“I think it would be a big achievement for this team and for this program to be at the top of the OAA in the White Division,” White said.

Sheppeard took it a step further, looking for something bigger than a division championship.

“We’re trying to get as many wins as possible so we can advance in the playoffs and possibly get a state championship,” he said.

Advertisement
Advertisement