Birmingham League Roundup

February 6th, 2018

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Detroit Hustle Player of the Week

Congratulations to Kiefer Hornyak of the Prep Division Warriors for being named the Detroit Hustle Player of the Week! Kiefer scored 8 points, pulled down 5 rebounds, dished out 4 assists, and had 3 steals in the Warrior’s game on Saturday, February 3rd!

Box Scores & Standings – Birmingham – Feb. 2-3

Friday, February 2nd, Berkshire

DRAGONS 22, REBELS 16: In the opening game for both teams, the dynamic duo of Jadyn Butler and Allie Tepper (8 points each) proved to be the difference for the Dragons (1-0). The Rebels (0-1) hung tough in the second half but were unable to overcome the 6-point halftime deficit (8-14). Jacey Roy led the Dragons with 6 points and Lola Finneran and Natalie Weissman each added 4 points.

SHOWTIME 18, CRUSH 6: The Showtime (1-0) jumped out to an early 8-0 lead and never looked back as they played stout defense and limited the Crush (0-1) to just 6 points for the game. Mary Gumbis scored 8 points for the Showtime to go along with 4 points from Olivia Carroll and Emma Weber. The Crush were led by Oliva Grenadier (4 points).

SPARX 17, LADY PISTONS 12: In a match up of unbeaten teams, the Sparx (3-0) came out on top as they powered through the second half, outscoring the Lady Pistons (2-1) by a score of 10-5 after the break. Kiara Williams led the Sparx with 8 points and Brandi Campbell added 2 points and 5 rebounds. Ari Parker (8 points) and Penelope Creary (4 points) paced the Lady Pistons.

CELTICS 41, CAVS 31: The Twin Towers of Brandon Talley and Dillon Cotton were too much for the Cavs to handle around the basket as the Celtics (2-0) pulled away for their second win in as many tries. Talley scored 13 points to go along with 7 rebounds and Cotton had 11 points. The Cavs (1-1) were led by Jeffrey Sheldon’s 9 points. Donovan Fobbs added 8 points and 5 rebounds and Mori Miller scored 7 points for the Cavs. Myles Johns was solid for the Celtics, scoring 7 points and handing out 3 assists. This game was much closer than the double-digit victory would indicate. The Cavs hung tough for much of the game but the Celtics pulled away late, similar to their opening week victory last Saturday.

Saturday, February 3rd, Berkshire

BLACKHAWKS 29, BEARS 12: The Blackhawks defensive performance was too much for their opponent to overcome, as they held the Bears to 3 points in the first half and led by a score of 12-3. Joey Hesano played a great all-around game as he scored a game-high 10 points and added incredible hustle on defense. Devin Young entered the game determined. When asked what his motivation was, Young said, “I’m not going to let them win today.” He scored 6 points for the Blackhawks (2-0). That mindset seemed to wear off on his teammates, as they played a complete game on Saturday. For the Bears (0-2), Joseph Schilp scored 4 points and Brady Klein and Beau Kennard (no relation to Pistons rookie Luke Kennard) each scored 2 points.

HUSKIES 36, HOOSIERS 26: The Huskies were led by Alex Hesano’s game-high 15 points and used a 19-11 first half advantage to improve to 3-0 on the season. Coach Mark Schwartz was impressed by his team’s ability to set the tone early, forcing the Hoosiers to play from behind for much of the game. Mason Rubenfaer led the Hoosiers (0-3) with 10 points, while Trevor Perry (7 points) and Cyrus Mpeba (5pts, 3blk) also played well. Logan Mann added 11 points and Benjamin Schwartz scored 8 for the Huskies (3-0). The Hoosiers were a formidable challenge, but the Huskies really have it rolling through the first three games.

STORM 25, WINGS 19: The Storm (1-2) picked up their first win of the season behind a game-high 16 points from Ari Parker. The Wings (0-3) got a huge game from Lilly Gallaher (11pts, 11reb) as she notched the first double-double of this season’s Lady Pistons action.Haley Marshall added 3 points and 5 rebounds for the Storm.

BRONCOS 47, WOLVERINES 20: The Wolverines got off to a strong start on Saturday, trading baskets with the high-powered Broncos offense, and looked determined to pick up their first victory of the season. However, a late first-half surge gave the Broncos a 10-point lead at the half, one they would never relinquish as they cruised to another big win. The Wolverines aren’t the only team to struggle against the Broncos and their potent offensive attack. As a team, the Broncos have scored 115 points on the season. They are the only College Division team to score over 100 points through 3 games. Nick Shenefelt scored 17 points and Harry Shaevsky and Noah Alami each added 8 points for the Broncos (3-0). Mason Rothschild scored 6 points and had 3 steals for the Wolverines (0-3), who have had the league’s toughest schedule through 3 weeks. Their opponents are a combined 8-1 on the season.

SPARTANS 29, SYRACUSE 14: The Spartans (2-1) got back to their winning ways as they pulled away from Syracuse (0-3) in the second half. Syracuse, without some key players, played well early and trailed by just 1 point at halftime (10-11). However, Brett Krauss (game-high 11 points) and Nolan Peterson (8 points) led the Spartans in the second half as they outscored Syracuse 18-4 to pull away for the win. Elijah White (6pts, 5reb), Asher Kaftan (4 points) and Ryan Rubin (4 points) paced Syracuse.

KNIGHTS 30, WARRIORS (PREP DIV) 23: A tight first half saw the Knights and Warriors locked in a close battle at the break, with the Knights leading 13-11. A strong second half performance from Chase Rosenzwieg helped the Knights open up a nice lead, one they wouldn’t give up despite the best efforts of Kiefer Hornyak and the Warriors. Hornyak (8pts, 5reb, 4ast, 3stl), this week’s Detroit Hustle Player of the Week, kept his team in the game as his heart and determination were on full display. He was joined by Che Douglas (6 points) and Langston Johnson (4 points). However, the trio of Rosenzwieg, Jace Bernard, and Tony Forbes was unstoppable for the Knights (2-0). Each player scored 8 points for the victors.

Saturday, February 3rd, Covington

BULLS 38, PISTONS 32: The Bulls trailed by 1 point at the half (16-15) but erupted for a 23-point second half as they knocked off the Pistons on Saturday morning. Hayden Watkinson scored 7 of his game-high 12 points after the break. Raymond Settles added 8 points and 6 rebounds and Jalen Palmer chipped in 8 points of his own as the Bulls picked up their first win of the season. Jake Martin, Steven Clippert, and Jack Hulgrave each scored 7 points for the Pistons (0-2). George Koosis scored a season-high 5 points for the Bulls (1-1), all in the third quarter.

SPURS 27, HEAT 26: Trailing by 1 in the final minute, Christian Hosler was fouled with 8.5 seconds remaining and stepped to the line for 2 shots. With the game on the line, Hosler calmly knocked down a pair of free throws to give his team the 1-point victory. Omar Zeni led the Spurs with 9 points, and Andrew LaBarre played solid defense, helping the Spurs pick up their first win (1-1). Noah Kam led the Heat in scoring with 10 points, while Kaan Jovic added two trifectas for his 6 points. Hosler scored 8 points for the Spurs (1-1), none bigger than his game-winning free throws.

LAKERS 51, WARRIORS 26: A strong first half performance saw the Lakers (1-1) surge to a 29-10 halftime lead. Bennett Luckoff scored 12 of his game-high 19 points in first half. Jackson Williams also had a solid game for the Lakers, as he netted 10 points, including two triples in the second quarter. Evan Foltyn (8 points) and Jacob Coburn (7 points) also combined for 15 points in the victory. For the Warriors (1-1), Jacob Witcher scored 8 of his team-high 12 points in the second half and Charlie Iverson added 6 points.

HOYAS 31, GRIZZLIES 26: The Grizzlies nearly pulled off a major comeback on Saturday, as they rallied from a 17-6 halftime deficit to pull within a handful of points in the final quarter. They were able to knock down 10-of-12 free throws (8-of-10 FTs in the second half) compared to just 4-of-12 free throw shooting for the Hoyas. However, the Hoyas (2-1) were able to stay above water and held on for the 5-point win. Santino Ruma scored a season-high 14 points for the Hoyas and Parker Levin added 9 points. Reed Shapiro led the Grizzlies (2-1) with 11 points (7-of-8 FTs) and Jake Raznick and Andrew Bertman each added 3 points.

RAVENS 24, RAIDERS 16: In their first game of the season, the Ravens (1-0) used a 14-5 advantage in the second half to pull away from the Raiders (0-2). Rylee Armbrustmacher started his season off strong, scoring 12 points to go along with 3 assists for the Ravens. Xan Scheinfield added 6 points and Zachary Kraft chipped in 4 points. Jordan Scott led the Raiders with 7 points, including a nice three-pointer in the second half. Brume Akaba added 5 points and Josh Sigmon scored 4 points for the Raiders.

FALCONS 33, RAIDERS 11: The Falcons jumped out to a big halftime lead (26-7) and never looked back in this one as they improved to 1-1 on the season. Caden Reid scored a game-high 12 points, all in the 1st half, as he was the catalyst for the Falcons large lead. Playing in the second game of a doubleheader, the Raiders (0-3) were unable to find the energy needed to come back from the large halftime deficit. Jordan Scott led them in scoring with 6 points and Benson Scheda provided some heart and hustle, but it wasn’t enough for the Raiders to claw back. Michael McCann chipped in 8 points for the Falcons (1-1). The Raiders will look to bounce back over the next few weeks as they continue to get to know each other and build their team chemistry.

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