Detroit Hustle Player of the Week
Congratulations to Max Tushman of the Legends Division Drive on being named Hustle Player of the Week for his performance in Saturday’s 32-30 victory over the Ravens!
Friday, October 20th, Berkshire MS
CRUSH 24, REBELS 12: The Crush used a 14-0 run to start the second half to breeze by the Rebels Friday en route to a solid 12-point victory. Crush forward Olivia Grenadier led all scorers with eight points while her teammates Taylor Hartwig and Clara Guffey added six points each. Rebel point guard Maya Boertman paced the Rebels with six points and five rebounds. The score was close at the half as the Crush enjoyed a 4-point cushion, 10-6. The Rebels outscored the Crush 6-0 in the second half as Elan Jojic, Natalie Weisman and Stephanie Lisch scored for the girls in Black. Crush forward Brooke Brown led all rebounders with nine. “I liked what I saw out there,” said Coach Laura Barrick, “I think I can see some line-up changes now where we will be able to field a more effective team.”
DRAGONS 22, ANGELS 11: The Dragons were able to outscore the Angels 10-4 in the second half as they earned their first victory of the season (1-0). Sharayana Luckie and Addison Rosner each scored six points for the Dragons while Arden Hafron added four points and three rebounds. Paige Macavage and Brandi Campbell added four points each for the Angels. The game was a defensive battle early on as Campbell and Dragon forward Jadyn Butler each had two big blocks to open the game. The score was just 2-2 after the first quarter. The Dragons transition game opened up in the second quarter where Luckie scored all her points. Sydney Butler and Gabi Polokoff also scored while running in transition. Still, the game was still close at halftime as the Dragons led 12-7.
HOOSIERS 24, HOYAS 17: Both the Hoosiers and Hoyas entered Friday night’s contest looking to rebound from Week 2 losses. Following a tight first half, David Moulder (4pts, 4reb) and Henry Weiss (4pts) helped spring the Hoosiers to a nice 10-point lead with 11 minutes remaining. Logan Connaughton (6pts, 3ast) and Cole Clark (6pts) helped cut the Hoosier lead to 5, but it wasn’t enough for the Hoyas (1-2). Strong play from Cooper Jurkovich, Tejas Sabnis, and Jacob Drouillard down the stretch helped seal the win for the Hoosiers (2-1).
Saturday, October 21st, Berkshire MS
PISTONS 48, HEAT 26: The Pistons continued their winning ways on Saturday, as they cruised to yet another 20-point win. Solid ball movement and unselfish play on offense, combined with a suffocating defense has been the recipe for the Pistons (4-0) success. Ethan Wise (12pts, 6ast) and John Chinonis (11pts, 8reb, 3ast) continued to lead the way for the Pistons, while Jack Rolls and Grant Stice chipped in 6 and 4 points, respectively. Max Kramer (5pts, 7reb) and Brendan Cornwell (5pts, 6reb) played solid all-around games for the Heat (0-4) as they continue searching for their first win.
RAVENS 26, FALCONS 19: The Ravens leapfrogged the Falcons to take over first place in the standings following Saturday’s win. Coach West and the Falcons looked very good on their way to a 2-0 start, but the Ravens made a big statement in this Prep Division showdown. Six players scored for the Ravens (2-1), led by Joseph Hesano’s 8 points. Zackary Kozouz, Eoin Papanikolas, Myles Rontal, and Luca Spadafore all chipped in 4 points as Coach Spadafore and his Ravens team rebounded in a big way from last week’s heartbreaking defeat at the hands of the Chargers. The Falcons (2-1) balanced scoring was on full display as well, as seven players scored on the day. Milo Piturro and Elijah Watkins led the way with 4 points each.
WOLVERINES 28, SPARTANS 20: Coach Jake Thomas and the Wolverines (3-0) look primed to receive the top seed in the College Division playoffs as they have dominated their competition over the first half of the season. While some of their games have had close final scores, including this one, they always seem to come up with a big bucket or defensive stop when their opponents even begin to entertain the idea of an upset. Brandon Brown (9pts, 6reb) and Luke Salkowski (7pts, 7reb) are the twin towers of the College Division, as their inside presence has been too much for their opponents to handle. For the Spartans (1-2), James Chinonis and Brady Glime netted 9 and 8 points, respectively. Andrew Fedor pulled down 5 rebounds to go along with Jonah Kutinsky’s 4 steals for the Spartans, but the Wolverines picked up yet another win.
SPURS 47, CELTICS 41: History was made on Saturday, as Aiden Trierweiler set a new Pro Division record with 34 points. He connected on 15 field goals, including 1 three-pointer, and added 3 more makes at the stripe. With 103 points on the season, he is now averaging 25.75ppg and is threatening the all-time Pro Division record for points in a season. The Spurs have enjoyed much success as a result. Trierweiler, combined with the efficient guard play of Jacob Kalil and strong perimeter play from Amare McElwee improve to 3-1 on the season. While the Celtics (1-3) have stumbled of late, look for them to make some noise down the stretch as the trio of Joseph Yaldo (11pts, 4ast), Adiev Alexander (9pts), and Jacob Gray (8pts, 3stl) have shown they have what it takes to hang with the best teams in the league.
T-BIRDS 49, MAD ANTS 48 (OT): Arguably Saturday’s most entertaining contest, these two teams went toe to toe for four quarters and then some. This tilt featured the top teams in the Legends Division standings and it lived up to the hype. Just when it felt C.J. Krause (23pts, 3ast) and the T-Birds (3-0) were going to pull away, Sam Kramer (13pts) and Dylan Dembs (10pts, 5ast, 3stl) kept the Mad Ants (2-1) in it. The T-Birds were able to get into the bonus midway through the second half, but were unable to make the Mad Ants pay as they converted just 8 out 17 attempts. Ethan Lulkin scored 6 or his 9 points late in the game and Dylan Dembs added all 10 of his points in the second half. However, Owen Richardson (15pts, 4reb) and Jordan Roebuck (8pts, 10reb) helped guide the T-Birds to the close overtime victory. This may turn out to be a preview of the Legends Division Finals, and if the playoffs go anything like the game on Saturday, we are all in for quite a show.
DRIVE 32, RO RAVENS 30: Another close contest in the Legends Division, this game featured plenty of hustle and determination. Sam Mercer (12pts, 10reb) was disruptive on defense, while Max Tushman (6pts, 6ast) led his team masterfully. The Drive (1-2) will look to gain some momentum as they keep their sights set on the two teams at the top of the Legends Division standings.
Saturday, October 21st, Franklin Athletic Club
RAIDERS 21, BLACKHAWKS 19: Bryan Pohl (7pts, 3reb), Evan Sachs (6pts, 3stl), and Jonathan Schwartz (5pts, 3stls) led a frantic second half comeback attempt, but came up just short as the Raiders (1-1) picked up their first win of the season. Jonah Zekman (11pts, 5reb) and Mikias McKinney (4pts, 4stl) paced the Raiders. The Blackhawks drop to 0-2 on the season but will look to rebound next week against the Chargers.
LAKERS 35, WARRIORS 22: Ben Diskin scored 12 points, Noah Kam 10 points, and Alex Mayoras added 7 points as the Lakers outscored the Warriors 18-11 in the first half, and 17-11 in the second half, as they move to 3-1 on the season. Rion Ando (10pts, 3ast) and Leo Laker (7pts, 4stl) led the Warriors (1-3).
BRONCOS 18, HUSKIES 12: Abe Miller (8 points) and Daniel Gonzales (6 points) combined for 14 of the Bronco’s 18 points, as Coach Schwartz and the Broncos (2-1) kept pace with the Hoosiers in the College Division. The two teams will square off next week in a huge divisional showdown with 2nd place on the line. For the Huskies (0-3), Agostino Muzio netted 4 points to go along with Adrian Smith’s 8 points and 5 steals.