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Lake Shore boys hoops aiming to keep winning

By: Jon Malavolti | St. Clair Shores Sentinel | Published February 9, 2011

 Lake Shore senior Ray Jamison (4) drives to the hoop while junior Nick Wysong (30) watches.

Lake Shore senior Ray Jamison (4) drives to the hoop while junior Nick Wysong (30) watches.

Photo by Patricia O’Blenes

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Talk about little margin for error.

Six of St. Clair Shores Lake Shore’s boys basketball team’s first seven division games have been decided by an average of 2.7 points.

Fortunately for the Shorians, the team recently began having more success in navigating the tightrope-walking act that is playing in the Macomb Area Conference Silver Division, winning three games in a row from Jan. 19-27. The wins — all by two points — moved the team back into contention for the title, improving its record to 4-3 in the league, 5-6 overall at press time.

“We were just losing some close games,” Lake Shore coach Todd Stevens said. “Now we’re finally figuring out a way to win them.”

Wins are extra valuable in the Silver Division, which features one of the closest and most widely contested title races in the entire MAC. At press time, seven of the eight teams were within three games of each other in the league standings.

“Coming into the season, I told the guys our league is going to be tight,” Stevens said. “It would be won by a team with four losses, maybe more. It’s looking like that now.”

Clawson High, Center Line High and Marysville High were tied for first at the halfway point of the division season with 5-2 records. Lake Shore was even with Clintondale, one game back sporting 4-3 marks. St. Clair Shores Lakeview was close behind at 3-4, and even 2-5 Marine City High could still make some noise.

Giving one guess as to why the league is so much more balanced this season, Stevens ventured that the graduation and departure of a few elite players who could single-handedly guide their teams to the top have left the league riddled in parity.

“They determined who was going to win the game,” the coach said. “Nobody really has that one key guy who will necessarily take over a game and score 30 a night. It’s nice to see, because other kids can get a chance to step up.”

Senior forwards/centers DeWayne Cook and Myles Weston “have been stepping up” for Lake Shore, according to Stevens.

The coach and the Shorians are hoping to get even with the teams that beat them, while remaining wary of the teams they edged in the first half of league play.

“We want to finish strong,” the coach said. “The three losses we had at the beginning, our guys know we can compete with those teams. If we can get those — but the other teams are thinking the same thing — we pretty much expect a good game and a tough fight on our hands night in and night out.”

Catch the Shorians in action when they host Clintondale in a key MAC Silver matchup at 7 p.m. Feb. 11.

 

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