Birmingham League Roundup

January 29th, 2018

Logan M. Jan 27

Detroit Hustle Player of the Week

Congratulations to Logan Mann of the College Division Huskies for being named the Detroit Hustle Player of the Week! Logan scored 20 points and led his team to a second consecutive victory!

Box Scores & Standings – Birmingham – Jan. 27

Saturday, January 27th, Berkshire

CAVS 28, LAKERS 22: The Cavs opened their season in style as they kept the foot on the gas in the second half, allowing them to pull away from the Lakers. Ben Rosenfield was a beast around the basket and finished with 8 points. Several Cavaliers (1-0) got on the board, as Jack Genzlinger (5pts, 5reb), Donovan Fobbs (4pts), Alec Mayoras (4pts, 3ast), and Mori Miller (4pts) all gave solid contributions. Jacob Coburn led the Lakers (0-1) with 7 points, followed by Bennett Luckoff (6pts, 5reb) and Jayson Smith (5pts, 2blk). Both teams will be back in action next weekend, looking to learn from their opening weekend games.

SPARX 19, WINGS 17: Kiara Williams scored 8 impressive points as she led her Sparx to another victory, bringing them to 2-0 on the season. Zoe Silver (4pts, 8reb) was active all day long, giving the Wings trouble around the basket. This was a close game throughout, with the two teams seemingly trading baskets. The backcourt duo of Terah Ceccarelli and Eloise Katz (6 points each) had a productive game for the Wings (0-2), but it wasn’t quite enough as the Wings dropped another very close game. Krisha Ramani chipped in 5 points and 3 assists for the Wings.

KNIGHTS 20, FALCONS 15: In the opening game for both teams, Chase Rosenzwieg appeared to be in mid-season form for the Knights (1-0) as he netted 12 points. Jace Bernard and Tony Forbes added 4 points each and Myles Tillman contributed on the defensive end. Caden Reid led the Falcons (0-1) in scoring with 6 points, while Michael McCann dropped in 5 points. Davis Langwell did a nice job defensively for the Falcons, but they dropped a close opener on Saturday afternoon.

BLACKHAWKS 31, RAIDERS 17: Jonathan Schwartz was dominant throughout, as he scorched the nets for 17 points and led his Blackhawks team to an opening weekend victory. Joey Hesano added 8 points and some tenacious defense for the ‘Hawks (1-0). The Raiders fell behind early, trailing 16-5 at the halftime break, and were unable to pull off the comeback despite a strong second half. Brume Akaba, Aaren Sigmon, and Josh Sigmon each scored 5 points for the Raiders (0-1).

HUSKIES 37, WOLVERINES 16: The Huskies (2-0) jumped out to an early 22-5 lead and never looked back in this one. Logan Mann, our Detroit Hustle Player of the Weeek, was a “Mann on a Mission” on Saturday, as he dropped a game-high 20 points for the victorious Huskies. Kai McEachern added 6 points and 3 steals. Wolverines forward Brandon Brown went down with a wrist injury in the first half, which proved to be a big loss. The Wolverines (0-2) actually outscored the Huskies 11-3 over the final 11 minutes of the game, but it proved to be too little, too late. Mason Rothschild (5 points) and Jakob Rojas (4pts, 6 reb) led the Wolverines.

LADY PISTONS 34, STORM 24: The Lady Pistons (2-0) outscored the Storm (0-2) 16-7 in the second half after leading by just 1 at the halftime break (18-17). Fueled by Penelope Creary’s 14 points and Ashley Forner’s 6 points, the Lady Pistons pulled away to earn the 10-point victory. Ari Parker led the Storm with a near double-double (9pts, 8reb) and Kylie Harmala added 10 points.

CELTICS 37, BULLS 32: Saturday afternoon’s match up between the Celtics and Bulls felt like a trip back in time, as these two perennial powerhouses traded blows for 36 minutes. The Bulls jumped out to an early lead behind 9 first-half points from Jalen Palmer (team-high 13 points). Raymond Settles (6pts, 6reb) was strong as well, as the Bulls (0-1) led 19-12 at halftime. It looked as though they might pick up the win, until the Celtics (1-0) and Brandon Talley found their rhythm. Talley fueled the comeback as he was a monster in the second half. His ability to finish in traffic and handle the ball was on full display, as he notched an impressive stat line of 20 points, 8 rebounds, and 4 assists. The Celtics outscored the Bulls 25-13 in the second half, completing the comeback. Dillon Cotton scored 8 points and Myles Johns had 5 assists for the Celtics.

BRONCOS 42, SYRACUSE 20: The Broncos (1-0) came out of the gates strong and appear to be a very well-rounded team, as 6 players scored and all 8 players in attendance gave major contributions. They led 27-9 at halftime behind the strong play of Nick Shenefelt (6pts, 5ast) and Avi Meltser (11 points). Syracuse (0-1) was without 2 key players and are still trying to find their chemistry, but they played a much better second half. Elijah White (10 points) and Asher Kaftan (5pts, 3stl) were bright spots for a Syracuse team that will look to improve as the season unfolds. Harry Shaevsky netted 10 points for the Broncos.

Saturday, January 27th, Covington

WARRIORS (PRO DIV) 34, SPURS 25: The Warriors used unselfish ball movement and good help defense to stun the Spurs in the season opener for both teams. “Great team win for us in our first game. Everyone contributed today against a very good, athletic Spurs team,” said Warriors Coach Jim Collins. “We had a lot of fun out there,” he added. Charlie Iverson played well on both ends of the floor for the Warriors as he scored a game-high 15 points, including some big buckets at key moments in the game. Thomas Collins added 14 points and 4 assists for the Warriors (1-0). The Spurs, who hung tight with the Warriors in the second half (13-13) were paced by John Jokisch’s (11 points).

GRIZZLIES 27, HOOSIERS 18: Six players scored for the Grizzlies (2-0) as they outscored the Hoosiers (0-2) by nine (19-10) in the second half. Luke Thurswell (8 points), Reid Shapiro (5pts, 5reb), and Cole Clark (6 points) led the Grizzlies. For the Hoosiers, Cyrus Mpeba was solid as he netted 6 points and played some strong defense to go along with Trevor Perry (4pts, 5reb) and Vince Ferich (2pts, 4stl).

HEAT 37, PISTONS 14: A strong first half from the Heat (1-0) gave them a 19-4 halftime lead, one they wouldn’t relinquish as they cruised to the 23-point victory. The Pistons (0-1) were short a man and couldn’t get things going offensively in their opener. Maxwell Klonke (5 points) and Jack Hulgrave (4 points) led the Pistons. For the Heat, Noah Kam (12 points) was strong down low and Kaan Jovic (8 points) provided a nice scoring punch.

WARRIORS (PREP DIV) 20, BEARS 16: These two teams battled through a tight first half and were tied at 8-8 at the midway point. Kiefer Hornyak gave the Warriors (1-0) a nice lift with 6 points as they outscored the Bears (0-1) by a score of 12-8 in the second half. Ari Blank (8 points) led the Bears, who hung tough and gave the Warriors a real test.

HOYAS 35, SPARTANS 19: Coming off a nice opening weekend victory, the Spartans (1-1) hoped to keep the momentum going. However, Parker Levin had other thoughts for the Hoyas (1-1), as he drained five three-pointers (4 in the 1st half) en route to a game-high 21 points. Levin came 1 three-pointer shy of tying the all-time College Division record for three’s in a game (6). Santino Ruma’s (7 points) and the hustle of Christopher Edwards and Madden Gunsberg led the Hoya’s to a statement win. The Spartans were paced by Robbie O’Dell’s 6 points and Nolan Peterson’s 5 points and 5 rebounds. The team’s battled to a 14-14 tie in the second half, but the early deficit was too much to overcome for Sparty.

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