Stallion strong

Sterling Heights High senior guard leading the charge

By: Jason Carmel Davis | Sterling Heights Sentry | Published February 7, 2017

 Sterling Heights High senior guard Shawn Kama goes up for a layup in a win against Eastpointe East Detroit earlier this season. Kama leads the team in scoring with more than 28 points per game.

Sterling Heights High senior guard Shawn Kama goes up for a layup in a win against Eastpointe East Detroit earlier this season. Kama leads the team in scoring with more than 28 points per game.

Photo by Sarah Purlee

STERLING HEIGHTS — Early in the season, coach Ryan Kay and members of the Sterling Heights High boys basketball team said they were looking for big things this campaign.

Thus far, the Stallions were 11-1 overall 6-1 in the Macomb Area Conference Silver Division, putting them a half-game ahead of Marysville High for first place in the division.

The Stallions have seemingly turned a corner this year after a three-year stretch that saw the team win a total of 13 games. The offense is humming, putting up 69.3 points per game, only behind New Haven High (77.9) and Macomb Dakota (75.6).

A big part of the team’s offensive success is senior guard Shawn Kama. He has picked up right where he left off last season, when he led the Stallions in scoring. This year, he’s scoring right around 29 points per contest, pouring in at least 23 in each game.

“I just put in as much work as I could in the offseason,” Kama said. “I just wanted to be able to come back and help the team out so we could get some wins, because the wins weren’t coming.”

Kay, in his fourth year leading the program, has noticed big additions to Kama’s game.

The coach said Kama built up his physical strength, allowing him to absorb contact while maintaining the balance and body control needed to score. Kama’s ball handling has improved, too, Kay said, allowing the senior guard to become more of a playmaker for himself and his teammates.

“You can see the work he’s put in and how it’s paying off,” Kay said. “He doesn’t take any days off. He’s always trying to get better.”
So is the Stallions team.

Four more wins would give this year’s squad more wins than the program has had in the last three seasons combined.

Sterling Heights has a shot at the program’s first division championship since 1993 and is also aiming for its first district title since 1996.

“We’re playing well. We just want to keep it up because there are a lot of things we want to accomplish,” Kay said. “This has been a good run, but we want to do some big things.”

The Stallions’ next game is against St. Clair Shores South Lake at 7 p.m. Feb. 9 on the road.