Detroit Hustle Player of the Week
Congratulations to Alex Yoder of the Pro Division Pistons on being named Hustle Player of the Week for his performance in Saturday’s 40-36 victory over the previously unbeaten Spurs!
Friday, October 13th, Berkshire MS
Wolverines 37, Huskies 17: Brandon Brown continued his strong play for the Wolverines as he netted 13 points, followed by Harrison Lumberg’s 8 points. Tommy Vogt chipped in 6 points and Luke Salkowski cleaned the glass with his 10 rebounds, as the Wolverines move to 2-0 on the season. For the Huskies, Adrian Smith scored 7 points but was bottled up for much of the evening by the Wolverines defense. Agostino Muzio provided a spark with his 4 points, but it wasn’t enough for the Huskies (0-2).
Saturday, October 14th, Berkshire MS
Chargers 20, Ravens 18 (OT): Saturday’s match-up between the Chargers and Ravens was an instant classic! It was a back and forth game that saw several ties and lead changes as each team fought desperately for the win. Down by 2 at halftime, the Ravens and Coach Jim Spadafore rallied behind the strong play of forwards Myles Rontal (6 points, 8 rebounds) and Max Alhermizi (4 points), as well as the guard duo of Luca Spadafore and Zackary Kozouz. After tying the game at 18 to force overtime, the Ravens (1-1) were feeling good heading into overtime, hoping to secure a nice victory and improve to 2-0. The Chargers, however, had other ideas. With time running out in overtime and both teams struggling to score, Devin Young took a teammate’s pass at the top of the key and turned towards the basket. He quickly searched for an open teammate, but with nobody in sight and the crowd chanting, “Five, four, three…,” Devin stepped into his shot and let it fly. The shot would go in, leading his team to a 20-18 victory, and the standing room only crowd was in a frenzy. Devin celebrated the amazing shot by sprinting across the gym to his team’s bench and jumping with joy. The Chargers improve to 1-1 with the victory, while the Ravens drop to 1-1 on the season with the heartbreaking defeat.
Falcons 28, Raiders 18: A dominant first half was all the Falcons (2-0) needed as they cruised to a 10-point victory to remain undefeated. Michael West led a balanced scoring attack with 6 points and Jude Bialas, Ari Blank, and Elijah Watkins each added 4 points in helping the Falcons take a 19-6 halftime lead. The Raiders (0-1) started slowly in this their first game of the season, but rebounded nicely in the 2nd half, outscoring the Falcons 12-9 in the second stanza. Jonah Zekman paced the Raiders with 10 points, including some nice drives to the basket. Brady Klein hustled to a game-high 8 rebounds. The Raiders will look to build on their second half performance while the Falcons will look to remain undefeated now that they have solidified themselves atop the Prep Division standings.
Spartans 29, Hoosiers 25 (OT): This was another nail-biting contest on Saturday that needed overtime to settle the score. The Spartans were led by James Chinonis (game-high 11 points) and Brady Glime (career-high 10 points), both of whom were vital in getting the Spartans (1-1) out to a 16-9 halftime lead. The Hoosiers, however, flipped the script in the second half as they outscored the Spartans by an identical score of 16-9. Jacob Drouillard (7 points) and Xavier Lane (6 points), fighting a lower-body injury suffered in the third quarter, came up huge in the second half, allowing the Hoosiers to fight their way back into the game. Down 2 with 30 seconds remaining, Cooper Jurkovich stole the ball from a Spartan guard and streaked down the court. His breakaway layup with 26.8 seconds left tied the game at 25, eventually forcing overtime. However, the Spartans came up with 2 big buckets in the overtime period, including an Asher Kaftan baseline jumper that would serve as the game-winner, to knock off the Hoosiers (1-1).
Broncos 27, Hoyas 21: Abe Miller continues to lead the College Division in scoring after netting 19 points, including 3 three-pointers on Saturday. Miller’s scoring punch, combined with some excellent defense from the entire team, most notably Daniel Gonzales, was just enough for the Broncos (1-1) to hold off the Hoyas (1-1). Braedon Logsdon led the Hoyas with 7 points, followed by Logan Connaughton (6 points) but the Hoyas struggled to keep up with Broncos and their tough defense. Both teams are now 1-1 on the season and in a 4-way tie for second place in the College Division.
Warriors 34, Celtics 25: The Warriors picked up their first win of the season on Saturday, dropping the Celtics to their second straight defeat. Rion Ando was amazing for the Warriors (1-2) as the talented point guard scorched the nets for 23 points, reminding us of Steph Curry and his ability to lead the NBA’s Golden State Warriors. Ando’s teammates rallied around him en route to a nice victory over one of the stronger teams in the Pro Division. The Celtics were missing a few key pieces, but Zach Bienenfeld (8 points) and Joseph Yaldo (6 points) helped keep the Celtics (1-2) in the game. An 18-11 second half was enough for the Warriors to pick up a critical win.
Pistons 40, Spurs 36: Coach Chinonis and the Pistons entered this match-up of two undefeated teams as a slight underdog, considering the Spurs had averaged almost 58 points per game and easily beaten both of their previous opponents. Much of that offensive success for the Spurs was reliant on smothering defense that led to easy fast-break points. On Saturday, the Pistons managed to take smart shots and deny the Spurs many opportunities to get out on their patented fast break. Ethan Wise had a lot to do with that, as he played the point guard position to perfection for the Pistons (3-0). Wise scored 17 points, helped his team execute their offense, and made one clutch play after another. John Chinonis scored 8 points and Alex Yoder contributed 9 points, 8 rebounds, and stellar defense on his way to being named our Hustle Player of the Week! For the Spurs (2-1), Aiden Trierweiler continued to torment defenses with his 19 points and Jacob Kalil added 9 points. The Pistons won Round 1 of this heavyweight fight, but there’s a good chance we could see these teams match-up once again this season in a winner-take-all playoff situation.
Lakers 57, Heat 29: The Lakers lit it up in this one, reminding us of the Magic Johnson “Showtime” Lakers with their beautiful passing, smooth jump shots, and dominant inside presence. A trio of Lakers reached double-figures in scoring, as Alec Mayoras (14 points), Noah Kam (12 points), and Ben Diskin (10 points) led the way. Max Kramer gave everything he had, possession after possession, for the struggling Heat (0-3). It was one of those games where nothing went right for the talented Heat guard, but to his credit, he did not let it affect his effort or will to help pull out a win for his teammates. Make no mistake, this Heat team has the talent and ability to pick up some wins and make some noise in the playoffs. For Max Kramer, he hopes that his inspired play and mental toughness will help lead his teammates to success in the second half of the season.
Saturday, October 14th, Franklin Athletic Club
T-Birds 31, Royal Oak 23
Mad Ants 45, Drive 34