Troy High boys hoops wins OAA championship

By: Christian Davis | Troy Times | Published March 30, 2011

 Troy High junior Evan Mahone rises to the basket in a game earlier this season. The Colts tied for the OAA White championship, their first league title since 1994.

Troy High junior Evan Mahone rises to the basket in a game earlier this season. The Colts tied for the OAA White championship, their first league title since 1994.

Photo by Patricia O’Blenes

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TROY — Troy High senior Mike Sully can pinpoint the moment his basketball team made the turn.

The Colts were trailing Troy Athens by 10 points at halftime Dec. 14 in the fourth game of the year.

“Right then, during the halftime speech, we came together as a team and came back in the second half and played all out and won,” Sully said.

The Colts turned the 64-58 victory and its momentum into an eight-game win streak, which propelled them to the top of the Oakland Activities Association White Division — a spot they wouldn’t leave.

Troy finished its season 17-5 overall and 13-3 in the White — tied for first with Auburn Hills Avondale.

“I knew we had a lot of talent, and we’ve been playing basketball a long time,” Sully said. “I knew we’d be in it, but I didn’t know we’d win it like we did.

“It was awesome. That was my goal for the year, to win a championship. I knew we weren’t close the year before, and it’d have to be an improvement, which it was, and it was a great feeling.”

The title is Troy’s first since 1994 and its first in the OAA.

“(The team was) looking at the banners and said, ‘We have a lot of district championships up there, but we don’t have anything since 1994,’” coach Gary Fralick said of a conversation before the season.

“I said, ‘That’s up to you guys to get that 2011 numeral on there.’ So they were all excited to do it.”

The Colts lost their Feb. 24 game against Rochester Hills Stoney Creek, which meant they had to win on the road against Rochester Adams and Berkley High in the final two games to clinch a share of the league title.

Fralick said his team could not have won those tough road games and its championship without seniors Alex Wise, John Stibich, Tarae Strozier and Sully.

“What a great bunch of seniors we had,” Fralick said. “We had some of the most unselfish kids I’ve had in a long, long time.

“They just didn’t care about their own stats. They just wanted their team to win. They’re
leadership was huge. We don’t go 17-5 without that. We’d struggle.”

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