Local boys basketball teams fall in districts

By: Christian Davis | Troy Times | Published March 15, 2016


The Troy High boys basketball season came to a close following a 59-47 loss to Birmingham Groves March 9 in a Class A district semifinal at Auburn Hills Avondale.

“I have to give kudos to Groves. They did a great job of pressuring us and taking us out of our comfort zone,” Troy coach Gary Fralick said. “I thought (Groves) played very well. I thought we played very hard, but didn’t execute as we had been.”

During the season, the Colts averaged around 45 percent from the field. Against Groves, they shot 33 percent.

“It was kind of a perfect storm,” Fralick said. “It was a tough night for the Colts.”

Troy ended the year 11-10 overall.

Fralick said it was a success, considering the inexperience coming into the season.

“I thought we made strides. We were 5-6 at one time, and then we reeled off five straight wins,” he said.

Of the 10 losses, five were by three points or less.

Troy also showed its capability in the Oakland Activities Association White Division. The Colts finished fourth, as Pontiac High, Bloomfield Hills High and West Bloomfield High all shared first place.

Troy beat Pontiac and Bloomfield Hills on the road.

“Those were great accomplishments for us. We had a stretch in the middle of the season where we were clicking,” Fralick said. “It was kind of an up-and-down year, but I think overall it was a big plus. I think we really improved in many areas of the game.”

The coach added that the top four scorers included three sophomores and a junior.

“The seniors were instrumental in our success, but they weren’t the scorers. Having those four guys back will certainly help us for next year,” Fralick said. “I feel strongly that this could be a good group if they do the right things in the offseason. I think we have a real bright future ahead of us.”

In other local boys basketball action:

Troy Athens fell in its Class A district opener to Warren Mott 52-48 March 7 at home.

Also in Class A, Auburn Hills Avondale’s season came to a close in a district opener, falling to Bloomfield Hills 65-56 in double overtime March 7.

In Class B, Pontiac Notre Dame Prep lost to Beverly Hills Detroit Country Day 53-51 in a district semifinal March 9 at home. The Fighting Irish beat Clawson High 67-56 March 7 in their district opener.

For more on the tournament, visit www.candgnews.com.