Prime-time preps: Clawson boys hoops takes on Marysville

By: Jason Carmel Davis | Royal Oak Review | Published January 18, 2012

 Clawson High coach Billy Shellenbarger talks strategy with his team during a timeout in a recent game. The Trojans host Marysville High at 7 p.m. Jan. 24 in a meeting of the squads that shared the Macomb Area Conference Silver Division title last season.

Clawson High coach Billy Shellenbarger talks strategy with his team during a timeout in a recent game. The Trojans host Marysville High at 7 p.m. Jan. 24 in a meeting of the squads that shared the Macomb Area Conference Silver Division title last season.

Photo by Andrew Potter

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CLAWSON — Coaches of the Clawson and Marysville High boys’ basketball teams said they don’t want to overstate the meaning of the teams’ first Macomb Area Conference Silver Division matchup even if it pits the two teams that last year shared the league title.

“There are some really tough teams in the division this year, so we’ll be challenged every night,” Trojans coach Billy Shellenbarger said.

The 7:30 p.m. Jan. 24 meeting at Clawson is an important one, but with both teams at press time sitting at 2-0 in the MAC Silver, one half game behind St. Clair Shores Lakeview (3-0), each coach recognizes there’s a lot of basketball left to be played.

Clawson (6-1 overall at press time) and the Vikings (5-2) split two meetings last season, with each team winning on its home court. Shellenbarger and Marysville coach Ryan Biewer said they’ve scouted one another’s squads early this season and know from past matchups what each squad brings to the table.

Shellenbarger said he expects the Vikings, netting 50.9 points a night while giving up just 44.1, to play tough, hardnosed defense and give maximum effort for 32 minutes.

“I saw (Marysville) beat Center Line 39-24 earlier this season,” said Shellenbarger, whose team at press time outscores opponents by a shade less than 13 points a game.

“You have to work to get good looks against (Marysville). This will be a good test for us.”

Biewer knows his team has to be ready to stop Clawson’s up-tempo offense — which features four guards who handle the ball. Marysville’s guards will also have the task of breaking the Trojans’ pressing, trapping defense — Biewer’s main concern.

Biewer said he knows Clawson will attack his squad from tip to buzzer on both ends of the court. He said his team would have the task of forcing the Trojans into low-percentage shots and one-shot possessions. The Vikings, Biewer said, must limit turnovers if they want to come out on top.

“This game will be a great test for us to see how we compete with a team as good as Clawson,” Biewer said.

In other local action:

Royal Oak High’s boys basketball team squares off in a home matchup against Bloomfield Hills Lahser at 7 p.m. Jan. 20.

Clawson High’s girls basketball team is on the road for a 7 p.m. tip Jan. 20 at Madison Heights Lamphere.

 

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