Liggett boys basketball starting to find its groove

By: Zachary Manning | Grosse Pointe Times | Published January 29, 2020

 Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett’s Cameron Strong goes up for a shot against Detroit Cristo Rey Jan. 24. Liggett won 51-50.

Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett’s Cameron Strong goes up for a shot against Detroit Cristo Rey Jan. 24. Liggett won 51-50.

Photo by Sean Work

 Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett’s Michael Clark shoots the ball against Detroit Cristo Rey Jan. 24. At press time, Liggett was 6-4 overall.

Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett’s Michael Clark shoots the ball against Detroit Cristo Rey Jan. 24. At press time, Liggett was 6-4 overall.

Photo by Sean Work

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GROSSE POINTE WOODS –– There were plenty of struggles for last year’s Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett boys basketball team.

The Knights won just one contest, with no league wins, and were ousted by Detroit Pershing 88-59 in a Division 3 district semifinal after receiving a bye past the first round.

That season is not lost on the Knights. They remember it, they lived it, and they are now trying to rewrite the narrative about Liggett basketball.

At press time, the Knights were 6-4 overall and atop the Catholic High School League Intersectional No. 2 Division at 4-0.

“I think the key has been becoming a better defensive team, accountability among our guys and wanting to rewrite the narrative of last year into something new,” Knights coach Solomon Spann said. “This group of young men want to be remembered as the group that turned Liggett basketball around and started a successful trend in our program.”

Last year, Liggett gave up 55.8 points per game. In the middle stages of this season, the Knights have allowed just 47.1 points per game.

After taking their bumps against some of the bigger schools around the area, Liggett has now won four games in a row, with defense becoming even more of a factor.

Over the course of their current four-game win streak, the Knights have held opponents to 36 points per contest.

“Really proud of our guys for being committed to the defensive end of the floor,” Spann said. “We have had more consistency, continuity and trust within our group, so I’m happy with the effort guys are giving from start to finish.”

With the season still in full swing, Liggett is chasing some goals, which include getting to the Catholic League tournament and remaining over .500 as the team inches closer to the playoffs.

The Knights are making their second turn through division opponents, and a conference title is not out of the question. Getting some hardware prior to the playoffs will only help motivate the team to push for even more come playoff time.

Spann doesn’t believe his group has played its best basketball of the season yet and is hoping to see even more out of his team before the playoffs get underway in March.

“Execution and resiliency in tough games down the stretch. That’s what I’d like to see, and that will let our coaching staff know that we’re ready for the playoffs,” Spann said.

Liggett will hit the court again at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 31 at home against Clarkston Everest Collegiate.

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