Birmingham League Roundup

February 27th, 2018

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Detroit Hustle Player of the Week

Congratulations to Thomas Collins of the Pro Division Warriors on being named our Detroit Hustle Player of the Week! Thomas scored 34 points in his team’s 52-46 victory over the Bulls on Saturday. His 34 points tied the all-time Pro Division record for points in one game! In addition to having the hot hand on offense, Thomas displayed incredible toughness and determination on defense, helping push his team to the victory.

Box Scores & Standings – Birmingham – Feb. 23-24

Friday, February 23rd, Berkshire MS

REBELS 25, SHOWTIME 10: Angels win via forfeit, as Showtime only had 4 players in attendance and used substitution players to facilitate a good, competitive scrimmage on Friday night at Berkshire. Thanks to all who were able to attend the rescheduled contest from February 9th.

FIREBIRDS 14, ANGELS 8: Both teams moved to 1-1 on the season as the Firebirds picked up their first victory and sent the Angels home with their first defeat. Rylee Mott led the Firebirds with 7 points, Hannah Gable added 4 points and 4 steals, and Sharayna Luckie chipped in 3 points. For the Angels, Arden Hafron led the way with 4 points.

DRAGONS 25, CRUSH 10: The Dragons raced out to an early 10-2 lead and never looked back. Sydney Butler led the way with a career-high 13 points as the Dragons improved to 2-0 on the season. Jadyn Butler and Julie Webber each scored 4 points and Katelyn Cain added a bucket of her own. For the Crush, Veda Hayes, Clara Guffey, and Brianna Kronenberg each scored 2 points and Jamie Zousmer scored a team-high 4 points. With the defeat, the Crush fell to 1-2 on the season.

Saturday, February 24th, Berkshire MS

LAKERS 46,  HEAT 28: The Lakers improved to 3-2 on season with their victory on Saturday, dropping the Heat to 2-3 on the year. This game was much closer than the final score would indicate, as both teams traded buckets for much of the first half and well into the second half. However, Jacob Coburn and the Lakers were able to wear down the Heat, outscoring them 25-10 in the second half. Coburn scored a game-high 22 points for the Lakers and Bennett Luckoff added 18 points and 4 assists. LJ Morris added 4 points. For the Heat, Clay Hartje led a well-rounded scoring attack with 9 points. Noah Yaker and Brandon Yaker each added 7 points, and Noah Kam rounded out the scoring with 5 points.

WARRIORS (PREP) 22, RAVENS 17: Saturday’s Prep Division Showdown between the Warriors and Ravens was as good as advertised as these two teams went blow for blow. The Warriors outscored the Ravens by the slim margins of 2 and 3 in first and second halves, respectively. Both teams received impressive contributions from a number of players, as everyone in attendance contributed to the team’s performances. Griffin Fleischer led the Warriors (2-1) with 10 points and 5 rebounds. Nolan Metts added 7 points and Noah Alami netted 5 points. For the Ravens (2-1), Zachary Kraft scored a team-high 8 points, Hudson Rosner chipped in 5 points (including a tough mid-range jumper while being fouled), and Grant Main and Max Alhermizi each added a bucket.

KNIGHTS 36, BEARS 16: Down two starters, the Bears scrapped and fought their way through their match up with the Knights on Saturday. This Bears team looked nothing like a team that is yet to win a game in the Prep Division, as they gave the Knights trouble for much of the game. Only a 6-point game (20-16) with 10 minutes to go, the Bears hopes for an upset were still in tact. However, they simply ran out of gas down the stretch and the Knights, at full-strength, were able to pull away. Chase Rosenzwieg led a balanced scoring attack with 12 points, Jace Bernard contributed 10 points and 3 steals, and Tony Forbes added 6 points. Max Freedman, Finnegan McLaren, Matthew Sherman, and Eoin Papanikolas each scored 2 points for the Knights (3-1). For the Bears (0-5), Beau Kennard and James Schilp led the way with 6 points apiece, while Joseph Schilp netted 4 points. The Bears will welcome the return of their teammates and will look to get in the win column next weekend.

WARRIORS (PRO) 52, BULLS 46: In our Game of the Week, the Warriors pulled out the close victory and improved to 4-1 on the season, dropping the Bulls to 2-3. Outscoring the Bulls by 3 in each half (27-24 and 25-22), the Warriors proved they are a force to be reckoned with in the Pro Division. Thomas Collins, the Detroit Hustle Player of the Week, scored a career-high 34 points, including 4 three-pointers. He tied the all-time Pro Division single-game scoring record (Aiden Trierweiler, Fall 2017). It was a gutsy performance, especially when you consider the Warriors were playing with only 5 players, had zero bench players available, and didn’t have many opportunities to rest. Collins made an impact on defense, too, disrupting the Bull’s guards. Jacob Witcher added 9 points and Nikhil Kothari scored 6 points to go along with 5 rebounds, as the Warriors held off a late Bulls’ rally. Raymond Settles scored a team-high 10 points for the Bulls, while Leo Koosis and Hayden Watkinson each added 9 points.

All-Time PA League Records

CELTICS 43, SPURS 28: The Celtics kept pace with the Warriors atop the Pro Division, as they also improved to 4-1 on the season following their 15-point victory on Saturday. A tough, aggressive defense pushed the Celtics to a nice lead in the second half. The Spurs were unable to overcome their turnover troubles, as they fell behind in the closing minutes. Brandon Talley was solid again, scoring 17 points for the Celtics. Ari Ferber scored 7 points, with Savion Drake and Devin Raitt each adding 6 points. Christian Hosler led the Spurs (1-4) with 9 points, with Omar Attasi (8 points) and Omar Zeni (6 points) also playing well.

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