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Lake Shore hoops hopes up-tempo style leads to wins

By: Jason Carmel Davis | St. Clair Shores Sentinel | Published December 7, 2011

 Senior point guard James Sirr, left, will have the task of leading St. Clair Shores Lake Shore’s up-tempo offense. Sirr is a three-year varsity player.

Senior point guard James Sirr, left, will have the task of leading St. Clair Shores Lake Shore’s up-tempo offense. Sirr is a three-year varsity player.

Photo by Patricia O’Blenes

ST. CLAIR SHORES — The loss of key contributors from last year’s team has led St. Clair Shores Lake Shore basketball coach Todd Stevens to implement a new style of play this season.

“We’re going to have to get out and run,” said Stevens, in his eighth season with the program. “Our tallest guys are 6 foot 2, so we’re gonna have to get up and down the floor because of a lack of size.”

Three-year varsity guard James Sirr will serve as the triggerman for the Lake Shore attack. A state qualifier in track and field and cross country, Sirr said he’s up to the task of leading a fast-break offense.

“All of that running has helped to get my endurance up,” said Sirr, a senior. “I’ll be ready to go.”

Sirr, along with senior forwards Charron McCain and Kyle Medley, will all have to be ready if the Shorians hope to improve on last season’s 9-12 mark, 7-7 in the Macomb Area Conference Silver division.

Lake Shore will look for production from a new cast of characters, Stevens said, after losing nearly 90 percent of its offense — 958 total points scored — from 2010-11.

“And about half of that was from one guy,” said Stevens, referencing 6-foot-2 forward Dewayne Cook, an All-Conference selection last season.

McCain, a transfer from Macomb L’Anse Creuse North, and Medley both said they’re ready to take on larger roles in the offense.

“I think I’m ready to have that go-to role, and I have the heart to do it,” McCain said. “Even though I’m new to the team, I worked out a lot with the guys over the summer, so I know how guys play.”

On the defensive end, the Shorians will give the opposition several different looks, according to Stevens.

The coach said he doesn’t want to give opponents the same look — man or zone — on defense to keep teams out of a comfort zone.

Stevens also said that it’s too early to gauge how his team will perform this season, but he knows his squad will be tested throughout the campaign.

“We’ve got a lot of non-league games coming up, but the district tournament is at our place this year, so we hope to have a good crowd and support for that,” Stevens said. “In the eight years I’ve been here, a different team has won the district each year, so the league is highly competitive.”

Lake Shore next hits the hardwood for a 7:30 p.m. tip Dec. 9 at Fraser High School.