Orchard Lake St. Mary's runs by L'Anse Creuse North

By: Zachary Manning | Online Only | Published December 27, 2018

 Orchard Lake St. Mary's junior guard Lorne Bowman goes up for a shot in a game against L'Anse Creuse North Dec. 27. St. Mary's will play Grosse Pointe North at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 28 for the L'Anse Creuse North Crusader Classic championship.

Orchard Lake St. Mary's junior guard Lorne Bowman goes up for a shot in a game against L'Anse Creuse North Dec. 27. St. Mary's will play Grosse Pointe North at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 28 for the L'Anse Creuse North Crusader Classic championship.

Photo by Patricia O'Blenes

MACOMB TOWNSHIP – With a trip to the L’Anse Creuse North Crusader Classic championship game on the line, Orchard Lake St. Mary’s jumped out to an early lead and never looked back en route to a 69-37 victory.

St. Mary’s was led by Wisconsin commit Lorne Bowman II, who scored 26 points and collected five rebounds. Outside of Bowman, the Eaglets had eight different players score and four of them had 6 points or more.  

The Eaglets will look to claim the championship when they take on Grosse Pointe North at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 28.

“I thought we played with really good energy. We were really sloppy in transition at times, but I thought we had good energy tonight,” Eaglets coach Todd Covert said.

Covert was very happy with his team's defense throughout the game. St. Mary’s forced 23 turnovers and came away with 26 rebounds.

Covert is excited for the opportunity to play the Norsemen in the championship game and said they have a very good team.

“They’re big and tall, lengthy and good passers of the ball. They got some nice wings. Good ball club. We played them last year here in the first game, and they gave us everything we could handle,” Covert said.

Crusaders coach Jay Seletsky called the Eaglets a good basketball team. He was happy with the way his squad played in the first half, but wants to see his team continue working on the short-term goals they have set.

North was led by Micah Johnson, who had 9 points. Jeremiah William-Stewart and Brian Bendo added a combined 14 points. The Crusaders had nine players score in the game.

“I think Micah is getting there. He’s getting in the lane. He’s creating some things for other guys. Bendo hit a couple of shots. He’s been battling a knee thing. He’s finally getting back,” Seletsky said.

North will play Warren Woods Tower in the third-place game at 5 p.m. Dec. 28.