Members of the Birmingham Seaholm boys basketball team stand at the bench Dec. 12 in a game against Center Line High on the road. The Maples beat the Panthers 66-29.

Members of the Birmingham Seaholm boys basketball team stand at the bench Dec. 12 in a game against Center Line High on the road. The Maples beat the Panthers 66-29.

Photo by Erin Sanchez


Seaholm basketball playing with experienced group

By: Jacob Herbert | Birmingham - Bloomfield Eagle | Published December 16, 2019

 Seaholm junior Jonny Cross attempts to block a shot against Center Line. At press time, the Maples were 2-0 overall.

Seaholm junior Jonny Cross attempts to block a shot against Center Line. At press time, the Maples were 2-0 overall.

Photo by Erin Sanchez

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BIRMINGHAM — Last season, the Birmingham Seaholm boys basketball team finished 6-15 overall, including a 5-9 mark in the Oakland Activities Association Blue Division.

Current senior Alex Lonze admitted that the team was young and inexperienced. Since last season has passed, the Maples have had a chance to grow together. That extra time spent together is paying off, as the Maples were 2-0 at press time, with convincing wins over Rochester Adams and Center Line High.

“The main thing was just experience,” Lonze said about last season. “Not having enough playing time and not being familiar with the speed of the game. Once you get the repetition, it makes the game easier and it’s easier to make the right pass.”

Lonze said the team learned from last season’s mistakes and has corrected them this year. He called the current team “a tight brotherhood.”

The Maples are made up of nine seniors and eight juniors. Coach Mike DeGeeter said last year’s team struggled to put a full basketball game together.

“We lost a lot of games last year because we only played one or two quarters,” DeGeeter said. “Now we’re playing four quarters, and we’re playing together.”

Some of the seniors leading the team are Lonze and Dominic Cullen. Also included in the leadership corps is junior Jonny Cross.

“Our leadership is unbelievable,” DeGeeter said. “Our football team went far and we’ve got a couple guys coming back from that. We’ve got five or six juniors that are next year’s team, and they know they’re next year’s team, watching us shred people. We’re really well oiled.”

The coach listed his team’s ability to play together as another key strength. The offense doesn’t flow through one particular player. Everyone has a chance to get touches as the ball and bodies on the floor are constantly moving.

In its two games, the Maples have scored 134 points while surrendering 82.

“We’re all playing really good team defense,” Lonze said. “We’re all helping each other, switching and making the right calls. That makes the offense easy because we force turnovers, get fast-break points and get a good shot.”

Both Lonze and DeGeeter said the No. 1 goal is to win the OAA Blue. The coach then took it a step further by saying he wants the Maples to beat teams they shouldn’t. Seaholm has games against five OAA White teams and one OAA Red team. Winning some of those games would go a long way in building the Maples’ confidence.

“We want to beat those teams and prove we belong up instead of down,” DeGeeter said.

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