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Troy Athens boys basketball heavy on senior leadership

By: Christian Davis | Troy Times | Published February 1, 2012

 Troy Athens senior Caleb McIntosh goes up strong for a shot against Rochester High Jan. 27 at home. The Red Hawks fell 49-42.

Troy Athens senior Caleb McIntosh goes up strong for a shot against Rochester High Jan. 27 at home. The Red Hawks fell 49-42.

Photo by Deb Jacques


TROY — It’s a time like this — a 49-42 loss to Rochester High in a battle for first place in the Oakland Activities Association Blue Division — when Troy Athens boys basketball coach Dave Scott sees the additional benefits of carrying 16 players, mostly seniors, on the roster.

“When we have 16 guys pulling together, we can be pretty good. What is nice is it gives us a support system when we are on the road or when adversity rears its head,” Scott said of the Jan. 27 setback at home. “We have guys ready to pick each other up when something bad happens and celebrate together when things go well.”

The Red Hawks were 9-3 overall and 1-2 in the Blue. The loss to Rochester puts the Falcons at 3-0 in the division.

Against Rochester, Athens fell behind nine points in the first quarter, but eventually came back to hold a two-point lead heading into the final frame.

To start the fourth, the Falcons went on an 8-1 run to start the quarter to take control.

“Rochester has a great team, and it’s something we’re still learning, to play hard for 32 minutes. We’re getting there,” Scott said.

The Red Hawks have used their size and athleticism to their advantage. Along with the plethora of seniors, they boast 11 players on the roster taller than 6 feet 2 inches.

Senior Marcarius Coakley leads the team with 20.5 points per game. Senior Caleb McIntosh is next with 14 per contest.

“Besides them, we are getting great contributions from our other seniors,” Scott said. “Aaron Fox is scoring a little over six points per game and is providing great ball handling and defense from the guard position. Jolly Grewal and Robert Dema have been providing timely buckets and energy, and one of our most important players is Tim Freiman, who does a little bit of everything, from guarding the other team’s best player, scoring, rebounding, defending and taking chargers.”

Freiman said the experience of making the run this season with so many classmates has been a good one.

“It really brings us more together. We always stress family,” he said.
Catch the Red Hawks against Lake Orion High at 7 p.m. Feb. 3 at Lake Orion.