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Mercy basketball continuing to garner statewide recognition

By: Zachary Manning | C&G Newspapers | Published February 7, 2020

 Farmington Hills Mercy’s Alexis Roberts brings the ball up the floor in a game earlier this season. At press time, Mercy was 13-1 overall.

Farmington Hills Mercy’s Alexis Roberts brings the ball up the floor in a game earlier this season. At press time, Mercy was 13-1 overall.

Photo by Patricia O’Blenes

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FARMINGTON HILLS — Throughout the course of the season, the Farmington Hills Mercy basketball team has continued to put itself on the map.

The Marlins opened the season with 11 straight wins before falling to Bloomfield Hills Marian Jan. 28. But it was a 46-34 victory over Marian Jan. 7 that helped Mercy start to gain some statewide recognition.

“Before our first game with Marian, we were flying very much under the radar,” Marlins coach Gary Morris said. “Honestly, once we won that game, I think that that garnered us some attention.”

The Marlins have entered the picture as a possible contender in Division 1. At press time, Mercy was 13-1 overall and tied atop the Catholic High School League Central Division with Marian at 8-1.

It’s no secret that defense has been the key to the Marlins’ success thus far. No opponent has topped the 50-point mark and just one has scored over 40.

On average, Mercy is allowing opponents to score just 30.6 points per game. With the Marlins averaging 52 points per game on offense, there have been some sizable wins.

Outside of their lone loss and a 7-point win over Dearborn Divine Child, the Marlins have won the rest of their games by double digits.

“When we really get focused in on playing defense, we’re pretty good at it,” Morris said. “Obviously, that makes it tougher for the other team to score and it also often times will lead to good offense for us.”

Mercy played its final CHSL division game after press time. The Catholic League tournament is the next time Mercy will hit the court, with play set to begin Feb. 14. The bracket wasn’t available at press time.

For Mercy, finding success in the conference tournament would be a nice boost of confidence heading into the state playoffs. Morris believes the Catholic League tournament is a great opportunity for his team to play in a one-and-done atmosphere before the state tournament.

“What’s nice about the Catholic League playoff is it does give us that tournament type feel,” Morris said. “I think it’s a good way to start prepping for the state tournament, because you start to realize that each game is important.”

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