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Mount Clemens boys hoops team heads into league on high note

By: Jon Malavolti | Madison - Park News | Published January 26, 2011

 Mount Clemens High’s Devontae Sanders soars to the hoop during a game earlier this season while teammate Aaron McFadden looks on. The Bathers had won seven straight games at press time.

Mount Clemens High’s Devontae Sanders soars to the hoop during a game earlier this season while teammate Aaron McFadden looks on. The Bathers had won seven straight games at press time.

Photos by Andrew Potter

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Defense doesn’t just win championships, it also wins games.

That’s what the Mount Clemens High boys basketball team has learned.

The Battling Bathers dropped their first two games of the season before picking up their play on the defensive end.

“Our kids believe defense is the way to win,” Mount Clemens coach Kurt Wilson said. “So I am very pleased with our performance.”

At press time, the Bathers had won seven straight games; Wilson said the team’s defensive intensity has “really skyrocketed.”

Defense isn’t the only strength for Mount Clemens, which has enjoyed a solid 2-0 league start in its title defense in the Macomb Area Conference Gold Division.

Wilson said the squad’s teamwork has been stellar.

“No one cares who scores or who’s the star? of the game,” the coach said. “Senior leadership is another key to our success. Our seniors call team meetings, push each other at practice and stay on top of the underclassmen.”

But, of course, the coach said there’s always room for improvement.

“We need to improve on the little things: boxing out, half-court defense and continuing to stay focused,” Wilson said. “

Keeping focused will be especially vital, as the team heads into the second half of the season hoping to win out and reclaim the division and district titles it won last year.

“Division games are so tough,” Wilson said. “Coaches scout you, and teams are more prepared to play you. But we like our chances, and hopefully, things will work out for the Bathers.”

Catch Mount Clemens in action at 7 p.m. Jan. 28 at home against Warren Lincoln.
 

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