Stoney Creek boys basketball earns victory at Rochester High

Cougars alone atop Blue standings

By: Christian Davis | Rochester Post | Published January 28, 2016


ROCHESTER HILLS — Rochester Hills Stoney Creek boys basketball stayed ahead of the pack in the Oakland Activities Association Blue Division with a rivalry win Thursday night.

The Cougars beat Rochester High 72-64 on the road.

The win moves Stoney Creek to 3-0 in the division and 10-1 overall.

“It’s huge. Any time you get a city-rivalry game, you’re playing for pride,” Stoney Creek coach Steve Norgrove said. “These kids all grew up together. It’s always fun to coach in this environment.”

Leading by six points midway through the third quarter, the Cougars used an 11-0 run to take control of the game in the span of two minutes.

“I think we took advantage of some opportunities that presented themselves. We had some long rebounds that led to some run-out baskets for us,” Norgrove said. “We really kicked it up the floor and scored, which gave our defense momentum and gave us energy.”

The Falcons (5-7 overall, 2-2 Blue) climbed back into the game in the fourth, forcing 10 turnovers by  and outscored the Cougars 11-3 in the final three minutes of the game.

Coach John Pleasant said he was happy with his young team’s effort.

“They play hard and compete like crazy. We just have to learn and battle a little bit,” he said.

Rochester’s Ivan Barraza led all scorers with 21 points. Teammate Alonzo Mitchell added 14.

Ben Reiter led Stoney Creek with 18 points. Michael Melarani chipped in 13 for the Cougars.