The Pistons Academy Premier League offers youth basketball leagues throughout the year. Our Fall League runs September-November. Our Winter League is our largest and runs January-March. Our Spring League runs April-June. This league is currently held through Birmingham Public Schools. We also have two Pistons Academy Partner Leagues: RARA (Rochester-Avon Recreation Authority) and the Dearborn Basketball Association.
For details on…
Birmingham Premier League: Geo Thomas at 248-377-8653 or firstname.lastname@example.org
RARA Partner League: Call the RARA office at 248-656-8308.
Dearborn Partner League: Jason Bass at: email@example.com
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WINTER LEAGUE INFORMATION: 2015 Winter League Info
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FALL LEAGUE PLAYOFF RESULTS – Friday:
8pm: #4-Wildcats 40, #5-Spartans 10
The Wildcats upended the short-staffed Spartans in a College Division quarterfinal game. Wildcat F Maggie Stutelberg scored 10 of her 14 points in the first half while Gabe Karmanian and Paul Dindo’s defense stifled the Spartan offense, especially in the second half. The Spartans worked hard but couldn’t generate much offense in the absence of their top two draft picks. Joseph Best paced the Spartans with 4pts and six rebounds while Riley Dorfman added two points and two steals.
9pm: #5-Bulls 31, #4-Celtics 25
The Bulls finally put a complete game together and scratched out a tough six-point win. With all nine players in attendance, they rallied behind their coach and passed the ball extremely well. Connor Bradbury had a fine shooting night with 21 points (5-8 3pfg) while Robert Goldsberry racked up seven steals and dove for many loose balls. Kyle Hall added a big 3-pointer in the first half while playing his best game of the season. The Celtics won the rebound stat-line, 33-29, but had too many costly turnovers. They did receive inspiring play from back-up point guard Lawrence Price III who had two steals, three points and one assist. Josh Cohen led the Celtic offense with 8pts and 11 rebounds.
FALL LEAGUE PLAYOFF RESULTS – Saturday:
10:30am Lightning 16, Bandits 15
The Lightning bounced back from last week’s Game One loss with a gritty one-point victory to tie the series at one game apiece. This may have been one of the hardest played game of the day as players on both teams were sacrificing their body for their team. Anthony Edgell (sore back) led all scorers with eight points. Lightning guard Branden Brown (6pts) banged knees with Bandits forward Jack Grabel (3pts) but both limped through the closing minutes of the game. Edgel’s layup with 12 seconds left broke a 14-14 tie. The Bandits then inbounded the ball and raced the length of the court before Alex Koellner (4pts) was fouled on his lay-up attempt with just 5.1 seconds left. He made the first but missed the second and time expired as the players tried to get possession of the ball. Bobby Hogan added 2pts for the Lightning.
11:40am Chargers 17, Blackhawks 14
The Chargers played some amazing second half defense and finished the game on an 11-0 run to earn a spot is Saturday’s PREP Division Championship. The Chargers were paced by the amazing rebound combination of Jalen Palmer (12 reb) and Abbie Caza (9 reb). Both helped limit the Blackhawks to just 2 second chance opportunities. The Blackhawks were paced by the strong play of Logan Robinson (4pts) while Alex Pirotta was stellar with six points (including 2-2 from the FT Line).
12:50pm: Spurs 46, Bulls 37
The Spurs advanced to the Pro Championship Game as Zack Ziegler tallied a season high 34 points. The Bulls, meanwhile, continued their fine play Saturday by shutting down most of the Spurs players in the first half. Only Ziegler made an impact in the first half, scoring 15 of the team’s 19 points. The Bulls were paced by Connor Bradbury’s 17 points (5-10 3fg). Will Ervin played an amazing 3rd quarter scoring all six of his points along with 5 rebounds in just seven minutes. The Bulls defense kept them in the game as they trailed 19-10 at halftime and just 27-20 entering the fourth quarter. Henry Clark added eight points for the Spurs.
2pm: Pistons 46, Warriors 36
The Pistons brought their A-Game for this semi-final showdown with the Warriors and captured a spot in the Championship Game. The Pistons were deadly from everywhere as seven of their nine players scored. Josh Yaker paced the Pistons with 11 points (3-5 3fg) while Jake Maudie added 10 points and two tremendous dives for loose balls that seemed to lift the entire Pistons team to an unprecedented energy level. The Warriors played hard but couldn’t always match the Pistons energy. Will Harahan (11pts) played his best game of the season with 15 rebounds. He also scored three straight triples in the fourth quarter. Ari Singer led all players with six assists to go with his 10 points.
3:10pm: Falcons 24, Warriors 10
The Falcons used a strong second half defensive effort to get past the pesky Warriors and into the Prep Championship. Warriors Coach Dan Thomas had his boys fired up to start the game and the Warriors played some amazing defense to start the game holding the league’s scoring leader, Ben Diskin, to just one first-half point. Leading by just four points at halftime (8-4), the Falcons pressured the Warriors into 16 second half turnovers as Diskin scored eight points in the opening five minutes. Falcons G Matthew Windsor, known for his defense, dropped six points to help the Falcon’s cause. The Warriors were paced by the inspired play of Camden Clark’s four steals and the passing of Haroon Karim and Jacob Goodman (one assist each).
4:20pm: Spurs 43, Pistons 37
The Spurs survived a 18-5 Pistons run in the 3rd quarter to squeak out a thrilling six-point victory in the Pro Championship Game. It completed a perfect season for the Spurs (8-0) which wasn’t the primary focus of Spurs Coach John Clark, “I thought all the kids improved this season,” Clark said after the game, “They all got better and got it done today.”
The Pistons put up quite a fight in the second half. Trailing by 13, they attacked the Spurs defense head on and then kicked the ball out to the open shooter. Ari Singer’s deep three with 11:o7 remaining tied the game and sent the Pistons Bench into a frenzy. “The last three minutes of the third quarter was awesome,” said league Director Geo Thomas, “The entire team was into the moment and I thought they could pull the upset.” Jake Maudie paced the Pistons with 14 points.
Although Zack Ziegler’s (27pts) could’ve been the headline, it was the elevated play of Sam Scheckell that helped the Spurs to a big halftime lead. Sheckell scored six second quarter points and tallied three offensive rebounds. Henry Clark added eight points for the Spurs who led 26-13 at the break.
5:30pm: Wolverines 48, Tar Heels 22
The Wolverines cruised past the short-handed Tar Heels and will face the Huskies in next Friday’s semi-final game. Kenny Pepper and Will Kostello combined for 39 of the team’s 48 points. Joe Salmassi played his best game of the season for the Wolverines as he dove to save many loose balls. Gabe Singer added six points for the Maize. The Tar Heels, like in every game this season, battled as hard as they could. Ethan Wise and Cooper Schoenberger tallied 7pts each in the loss. The Tar Heels were without their top two players as Alex Green (finger) and John Chinionis (foot) were sidelined with injuries. Tim Cooper was named the team’s Most Improved Player.
FALL LEAGUE PLAYOFF SCHEDULE -
FRIDAY, 11/21 AT BERKSHIRE:
7:30pm (1) Cardinals v (4) Wildcats
8:30pm (2) Wolverines v (3) Huskies
SATURDAY: NOV. 22 AT BERKSHIRE:
9:00am Bandits v Lightning (winner take all)
10:00am College Division Final
11:10am (1) Falcons v (2) Chargers
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