Outside shooting leads Chippewa Valley boys hoops past Sterling Heights, into district final

By: Jason Carmel Davis | Online Only | Published February 27, 2019

STERLING HEIGHTS — Clinton Township junior wing Jon Bolden hit five 3-pointers in leading the Big Reds to a 44-34 win over Sterling Heights High in a Feb. 27 Division 1 district semifinal. 

Chippewa Valley (13-9) advances to meet either Sterling Heights Stevenson or Utica Ford II in a district final set for 7 p.m. March 1.

The Stallions end the season at 7-14.

Outside shooting was big for the Big Reds in the district semifinal. Bolden said coach Kevin Voss put an emphasis on the three, as Sterling Heights employs a tough matchup zone.

"We knew (Sterling Heights) ran a tough 2-3 zone and would make it hard for us to get the ball into the post, so we had to knock down our outside shots and we did," said Bolden, who scored a game-high 15 points. "They played good defense. We just made some shots."

Chippewa Valley made nine 3-pointers in the win to five two-point shots. Sterling Heights made four 3-pointers.

"We had a limited window to win that game and our decision making on offense in spots hurt us," Stallions coach Mike Griffin said. "Defensively, we played well enough to win the game. We fought."

The matchup was tight early, as the Big Reds led 16-13 after the first quarter and 22-18 at halftime. Chippewa Valley in the third held Sterling Heights High to two points, taking a 30-20 lead into the final frame.

"Coach at halftime told us we needed to play harder on defense and we heard him," Bolden said.

Big Reds senior wing Tommy Schuster and junior guard Myren Harris each scored eight points in the win.

Stallions senior guards Alex Elia and Seth Ochoa led the team with nine and eight points, respectively.

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