Troy High boys hoops pulls away from Lake Shore to win regional semi

Second half the difference

By: Jason Carmel Davis | C&G Newspapers | Published March 13, 2017

 St. Clair Shores Lake Shore senior guard Cortez Jackson goes up for a shot in his team's 65-42 loss to Troy High in a March 13 regional semifinal. The Shorians won their first district title since 1994.

St. Clair Shores Lake Shore senior guard Cortez Jackson goes up for a shot in his team's 65-42 loss to Troy High in a March 13 regional semifinal. The Shorians won their first district title since 1994.

Photo by Donna Agusti

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TROY — A huge second half run propelled the Troy High boys basketball team to a 65-42 March 13 win against St. Clair Shores Lake Shore and into a Class A regional final.

Lake Shore trailed for the majority of the game, played at Troy Athens, but got to within one at 32-31 halfway through the third quarter. The Colts put the game away with a 33-11 run over the last 12 minutes to seal the win.

“I thought we shot the ball really well tonight,” Troy High coach Gary Fralick said. “We got some good shots and knocked them down.”

Troy (20-4) advances to take on Warren De La Salle matchup in a regional final set for 7 p.m. March 15 at Athens. The Athens regional champ faces the winner of the Walled Lake Northern regional in a state quarterfinal slated for 7 p.m. March 21 at the University of Detroit Mercy.

Troy — playing in its first regional final since 2004 — led 15-8 after the first quarter on the strength of a 13-3 spurt to close the frame. The Colts 2-3 zone defense posed problems for the Shorians in the first, as Lake Shore for much of the quarter couldn’t get into its half-court offense.

The Colts hit eight 3-pointers to the Shorians' one. Lake Shore also missed 13 free throws.

“We knew we wanted them to beat us from the outside,” Fralick said. “We didn't want to allow any post touches, so we sagged off and packed everything on defense, and it worked out for us.”

“We just went away from what’s worked for us,” Lake Shore coach Derrick Walton Sr. said. “There’s no shot clock for us. If we keep moving the ball, we’ll get a good, open shot. We went away from that. Troy’s zone gave us problems, but we went away from what we do.”

Troy took a 28-20 lead into the locker room. Colts junior forward Danny Sully starred in the second quarter, scoring seven of his team’s 13 points in the frame.

The third quarter saw both teams make runs. After trailing 30-20 early, Lake Shore used an 11-2 run to cut the Troy lead to 32-31 with 4:20 left in the frame. The Colts, though, took over with a 17-2 run to take a 49-33 lead into the final quarter.

Lake Shore (20-4) downed Grosse Pointe North March 10 to claim its first district title since 1994. That’s also the year the Shorians won a Class B state title. Lake Shore’s district title comes after the team won a second straight Macomb Area Conference Gold Division championship.

Troy bested Birmingham Seaholm March 10 to win a district championship. The Colts also won an Oakland Activities Association White Division title this winter — the program’s first division championship since 2014.

Troy junior wing Jason Dietz led all scorers with 20 points. Sully finished with 13 points.

Lake Shore senior forwards Jaylen Dixon and Ricky Dixon led their team with 11 points and 10 points, respectively.

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