Local hoops teams begin playoff journey

By: Christian Davis | West Bloomfield Beacon | Published March 5, 2013

 West Bloomfield High’s Trishton Jackson looks for an open teammate in a game earlier this season. The Lakers and the rest of the boys basketball teams in the state kicked off the postseason March 4.

West Bloomfield High’s Trishton Jackson looks for an open teammate in a game earlier this season. The Lakers and the rest of the boys basketball teams in the state kicked off the postseason March 4.

Photo by Andrew Potter

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When it comes to the postseason, Orchard Lake St. Mary’s boys basketball knows how to get it done.

The Eaglets have won six of its last seven districts, including two straight regional titles, and has captured nine district championships since 1999.

“I just think its part of building a tradition,” coach George Porritt said. “The kids have confidence going in and feel that it’s part of the tradition, knowing in the past that we have done it.”

At press time, the Eaglets were 9-10 overall, which Porritt also believes helps his team when it becomes tourney time.

St. Mary’s plays in the Catholic High School League and also schedules some of the best teams the state has to offer, playing Beverly Hills Detroit Country Day on a yearly basis as an example.

Porritt believes the tough grind of the regular season helps prepare his squad for the postseason.

This time around, St. Mary’s takes on the winner of Bloomfield Hills Andover and Birmingham Stenholm at 7 p.m. March 6 at Andover.

The other side of the bracket has Birmingham Brother Rice playing the winner of West Bloomfield High and Bloomfield Hills Lasher at 5 p.m. March 6 at Andover.

The final is 7 p.m. March 6.

Since 2006, St. Mary’s has played in a district predominately made up of teams from the Farmington and Farmington Hills area.

The Eaglets have only played Brother Rice out of the new squads in their district.

“It’s fun to play teams that you haven’t played before, but we enjoyed the district that we’ve been part of in the past,” Porritt said.

The coach added that he feels this district is wide open.

“Seaholm is playing great ball and has some great players. Andover shoots the ball well,” he said.

St. Mary’s is coming in with some momentum, winning seven of its last 10 games.

For the trend to continue, Porritt said taking care of the ball and playing solid defense is key.

“We also have to shoot free-throws well at the end of the game. If you’re shooting 50 percent, you’re probably not going to win,” he said.

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