Fall League Recap – Birmingham/Southfield – Nov. 2-3

November 6th, 2018

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BOX SCORES & STANDINGS – Birmingham-Southfield – Nov. 2-3

FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS – VARSITY

Friday, November 2nd, Berkshire Middle School

ANGELS 26, REBELS 21: Brooke Brown scored 10 points to lead the Angels (4-0) as they remained unbeaten and appear to be the class of the Friday Night Lights Varsity Division. Tess Tillman scored a game-high 13 points for the Rebels (1-2-1).

FIREBIRDS 24, CRUSH 12: The Firebirds evened their record to 2-2 on the season, as they defeated the Crush (0-3-1) behind 6 points from Katie Drouillard and 4 points each from Madeline Labourdette and Laiken Connor. The Crush were led by Natalia Salinas (6 points) and Cate Davis (4 points).

FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS – JUNIOR VARSITY

Friday, November 2nd, Bingham Farms

SHOCK 24, COMETS 20: Emma Drouillard (10 points) and Allie Schwartz (6 points) led the Comets (2-1) to a strong 1st half lead, but it wasn’t enough to stop a career night from Alexis Rosenbaum who scored a league high 14 points to lift the Shock (2-1) over the undefeated Comets.

SPARKS 26, LIBERTY 14: The Liberty had their best offensive game with 5 players including Marie Graentzdoerffer (4 points) and Katie Ziegler (4 points) scoring the basketball. However it wasn’t enough to overcome the Sparks, who had their own career night with a team high 26 points, led by Shyla Conley (10 points) and Nora Tillman (8 points).

FNL JV Week 3 Photo Album

PREP DIVISION

Saturday, November 3rd, Berkshire Middle School

RAVENS 23, RAIDERS 11: The Pachulia brothers combined for 16 points and Isaiah Mahdi chipped in 4 points for the Ravens, as they improved to 3-3 on the season. The Raiders (4-2), who had won 4 straight games, were led in scoring by Ferran Domingo-Portet (7 points). The Ravens will be the #3 seed in the Prep Division playoffs, while the Raiders will be the #2 seed despite Saturday’s loss.

FALCONS 25, KNIGHTS 18: The Falcons (4-2) picked up a huge victory on Saturday, claiming the #1 overall seed in the Prep Division playoffs (the Falcons hold the tiebreaker over Raiders). Parker Rost scored 11 points and Zackary Kozouz added 8 points for the Falcons. The Knights (1-5) were led by Ziv Ferber’s 10 points.

Prep Division Playoff Schedule

COLLEGE DIVISION

Saturday, November 3rd, Berkshire Middle School

#3 HOYAS 33, #2 CHIPPEWAS 28: Joey Hesano scored a season-high 17 points and Eli Yen added 13 points for the third-seed Hoyas, as they pulled off the upset in the West Division playoffs (College). The Chippewas kept it interesting behind strong performances from Taylor Vance (11 points), Aaron Robinson (8 points) and Henry Weiss (8 points) but the Hoyas were able to grind out the victory.

#1 WILDCATS 19, #4 BRONCOS 15: In the other West Division match up, the top-seeded Wildcats avoided an upset for the ages as they took down the upset-minded Broncos. Max Chaldecott (5 points), Chase Chaldecott (5 points) and Sam Loughlin (4 points) paced the Wildcats. Tejas Sabnis scored 6 points for the Broncos.

#3 HOOSIERS 33, #2 SPARTANS 32: The Hoosiers began the season 0-3 and did not appear to be one of the top teams in the College Division. Things are looking quite different now, as Saturday’s playoff win was the 4th straight victory for the Hoosiers. They seem quite content with being overlooked and excelled in the “underdog” role on Saturday. Behind Cole French (9 points) and Aiden Binder (9 points), the Hoosiers pulled off the upset. The Spartans season ended in heartbreak, but they were a formidable team all season long in the College Division. They were led by Landon McKinney’s 14 points and Nick Davis’ 7 points.

#1 HUSKIES 27, #4 WOLVERINES 18: The East Division’s top-seeded Huskies picked up their sixth win of the season and a nice opening round playoff victory over the fourth-seeded Wolverines. They were led by Chase Kukes (12 points) and Jonathan Schwartz (1o points). With the victory, the Huskies will advance to play the red-hot Hoosiers in the College Division semifinals. Drew Heckman led the Wolverines with 10 points.

*Note: all four College Division quarterfinal games were decided by an average of 4.75 points, with the largest margin of victory being 9 points. 

College Division Playoff Schedule

PRO DIVISION

Saturday, November 3rd, Berkshire Middle School

#6 PISTONS 34, #3 BULLS 31: The Pistons, fresh off their first win of the season, pulled off a big Pro Division upset as they took down the third-seeded Bulls on Saturday. Christian Hosler (14 points) and Ari Ferber (10 points) led the Pistons to the upset victory. The Bulls received a game-high 18 points from Jalen Palmer but were unable to keep their playoff hopes alive.

#5 SPURS 55, #4 BLAZERS 29: Another game, another Pro Division playoff upset. The fifth-seeded Spurs took down the #4 seed Blazers on Saturday in emphatic fashion. Jack Genzlinger scored a season-high 22 points and Max Kramer (10 points) and Alex Koellner (8 points) each made solid contributions. A total-team effort led the Spurs into the Pro Division semifinals where they will face the top-seeded Celtics! While the Blazers season came to an end, they made significant improvements throughout the year. The Blazers were led on Saturday by Ryan Hanks (9 points), Braeden Logsdon (7 points) and Santino Ruma (5 points).

#1 CELTICS & #2 WARRIORS – BYE

Pro Division Playoff Schedule

LEGENDS DIVISION

Saturday, November 3rd, Franklin Athletic Club

#3 BULLETS 31, #2 SONICS 28: In the first Legends Division semifinal, it was the third-seeded Bullets that upset the Sonics in a close, competitive game. John Chinonis and Ethan Wise each scored 9 points as the Bullets used tenacious defense to slow down the high-powered Sonics. Alec Mayoras and Hari Kadakol each scored 6 points to lead the Sonics, who had been averaging over 41.3 points per game.

#4 SPIRITS 51, #1 TROPICS 42: In another closely-contested Legends Division semifinal, the Spirits took down the top seed, giving us another upset in the Pistons Academy playoffs. The Tropics finished the regular season 5-1, largely due to their ability to play suffocating defense, limiting their opponents to an average of 29.6 points per game. However, the Spirits nearly hit that mark in the first half on Saturday, as they scored 27 points in the opening 18 minutes to take a 27-21 lead at the break. They would tack on 24 more points in the second half, as they rolled to the semifinal upset. Brandon Talley scored a game-high 20 points and Blaine Proefke added 8 points to lead the fourth-seeded Spirits. The Tropics, who saw their fantastic season end earlier than expected, were led by CJ Krause (15 points) and Dylan Genzlinger (10 points).

Legends Division Semi-Final Photo Album

CHAMPIONSHIP GAME: #4 SPIRITS 45, #3 BULLETS 38: The Spirits, fresh off their upset victory in the semifinals, decided that one win as the underdog wasn’t enough. They completed their magical playoff run by taking down the Bullets in a well-played, back-and-forth contest. The Spirits raced out to a 24-19 halftime lead behind strong inside play and lock-down defense, making the Bullets work for every basket. However, the Bullets applied full-court pressure to open the second half and quickly took the lead back, forcing turnovers and converting several easy looks around the basket. The Spirits, however, were able to adjust and calm themselves down about midway through the second half. They began to handle the pressure and get the ball up the court without committing costly turnovers, and their guards hit some timely shots down the stretch. Brandon Talley (12 points), Jack Fundukian (8 points) and Aidan Wagner (8 points) led the Spirits in the Championship Game. Ethan Wise (13 points), Dylan Dembs (10 points) and Max Tushman (7 points) fueled the Bullets, but it wasn’t enough to stop the Spirits, as they claimed the Legends Division title.

Legends Championship Game Photo Album

Legends Division Playoff Schedule


Pistons Academy All-Time Records:  PA League Records

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