Detroit Hustle Player of the Week
Congratulations to AJ Smith of the College Division Huskies on being named Hustle Player of the Week for his performance in Saturday’s 31-28 victory over the Hoyas!
Friday, November 3rd, Berkshire MS
ANGELS 23, WINGS 15: The shorthanded Angels (2-1) were able to out rebound the taller Angels team en route to their second straight victory Friday night. Although Brandi Campbell and Paige Macavage handled most of the scoring, it was the defensive play of Grace Goldman that that stood out. Goldman had three steals, all in the second half and two big rebounds to help ground the Wings defense. Regan Stallworth added two rebounds for the Angels. The Wings were paced by the strong play of Neveah Reaves (8pts) and the fine post play of Grace Main (7 rebounds).
CRUSH 19, SPARX 15: The Crush rebounded from last week’s crushing loss with a hard fought four point win over the Sparx. Clara Guffey had her finest game of the season with 10pts and several nice passes. Veda Hayes played some strong defense with some late game steals and Keira Thav scored her first basket on the season. The Sparx, who trailed 13-2 at halftime, rallied in the 4th quarter and outscored the Crush 10-0 to close out the game. Emma Weber paced the Sparx with 10 points while Lexi Lang added five. Adison Jacob had a solid game as well with five rebounds.
Saturday, November 4th, Berkshire MS
RAIDERS 26, CHARGERS 14: The McKinney brothers helped lead the Raiders to a convincing 12-point victory in Saturday’s match up with the Chargers. Mikias McKinney (10pts, 3ast) and Taye McKinney (4pts, 6reb) were effective throughout the contest as the Raiders (3-2) moved into sole possession of 3rd place in the Prep Division. Devin Young had another impressive game with 10 points for the Chargers to go along with Wally Ulmer’s dominant effort on the glass (11 rebounds), but in the end the Chargers (1-4) came up just a little bit short.
BRONCOS 34, SPARTANS 21: It was a record-setting day once again for Bronco’s guard Abe “Reggie” Miller (20 points), as he broke his own College Division record for 3-pointers in one game, setting the new mark at 6 made triples (previous record was four 3FG)! The Spartans were made a part of history by default on Saturday, as the two teams combined for the most made three-pointers in one College Division game (6 three-pointers), all thanks to Abe Miller and the Broncos. Max Chaldecott and Kai McEachern each added 4 points for the Broncos (4-1) as they remain one game behind the Wolverines for 1st place in the division. Brady Glime nearly recorded a double-double for the Spartans (2-3) with 9 points and a game-high 16 rebounds! Jonah Kutinsky added 4 points for the Spartans, as they fall into 3rd place in the division.
PISTONS 52, LAKERS 44: Our Game of the Week was a battle for 1st place in the Pro Division with the #1 seed in this coming weekend’s playoffs up for grabs. The Lakers were out to avenge their opening weekend loss to the Pistons and looked poised to do so early in the game. Ben Diskin (19 pts, 4ast) and Ari Ferber (8 points) got the Lakers off to a solid start as they entered the halftime break trailing by just two. Following some halftime adjustments, the Pistons dynamic duo of Ethan Wise (20 points) and John Chinonis (18 points) had the Pistons back to their old selves, firing on all cylinders, as the team exploded for 35 second half points. The Lakers didn’t back down, however, as they were able to stay in the game. “I was very proud with how our guys competed and kept the game close, especially the outside shooting of Jack Ellis (11 points, 3 made 3FG). He played his best game of the season,” said Laker’s coach Andy Mayoras. With the win, the Pistons improve to 6-0 and will be the #1 seed in this weekend’s playoffs. The Lakers (4-2) will be the #2 seed.
FALCONS 19, BLACKHAWKS 11: Ari Blank reached double-figures in scoring with a season-high 10 points for the Falcons (3-1), including some incredible running jump shots from the right elbow. The Falcons tough defense, led by Grant Hulgrave (2 steals), limited the Blackhawks (1-3) to just 11 points, 10 of which came from Lance Kukes. The Blackhawks actually out rebounded the Falcons thanks to Vagelis Tzoumakas (6 rebounds), but they just couldn’t seem to find the bottom of the basket on Saturday.
WOLVERINES 44, HOOSIERS 27: Early foul trouble and an inability to stop the Wolverines leading scorer, Brandon Brown, doomed the Hoosiers (2-3) on Saturday. They stormed back from two 8-point deficits to make it a one possession game, but the Hoosiers had no answer for the 4th quarter surge from Brown (18 points) and the Wolverines (5-0). Ian Malin and Alex Hesano (7 points each) were key as the Wolverines erupted for 29 second half points. Xavier Lane (10 points) and Jacob Drouillard (7 points) battled foul trouble throughout the game for the Hoosiers, as they dropped their second straight.
HUSKIES 31, HOYAS 28: Behind some tenacious defense and hot shooting, the Huskies stormed out to an early 14-0 lead. Desperate for their first win, they seemed to be a team on a mission in the early going Saturday. However, the Hoyas would roar back as they rattled off 11 straight points of their own to pull within 3 at the halftime break. Braeden Logsdon (10 points), Evan Larson (5 points), Mason Rothschild (5 points), and Will Waldman (4 points) had the Hoyas right back in the game in the second half. Trailing 26-25 with under two minutes remaining, Robbie O’Dell knocked down a triple from the right side to give the Hoyas (1-4) a 28-26 lead. It was an amazing shot and an even better celebration from Robbie as he trotted back down the court. The only problem was there was still time on the clock. Enough time for Huskies’ guard AJ Smith to score 4 of his game-high 20 points down the stretch, including an and-one layup with just over 1 minute remaining. The Huskies would hold on, much to the delight of their crowd, as they earned their first win of the season.
SPURS 50, WARRIORS 36: Vikas Sabnis (8 points) and Amare McElwee (7 points) lifted the Spurs (4-2) to a 29-11 halftime advantage and they cruised in the 2nd half on Saturday to a comfortable 14-point win. After a slow start, the Warriors (1-5) were much better in the 2nd half, outscoring the Spurs 25-21. Rion Ando dropped in 16 points for the Warriors, with Leo Laker netting 6 points and Zakaria Abdul-Aziz adding 4 points and some physical defense. The Spurs locked up the #3 seed in the playoffs. The Warriors will be the #5 seed.
Saturday, November 4th, Franklin Athletic Club
HEAT 30, CELTICS 26: Max Kramer scored 14 points and the Heat held off the Celtics for their second consecutive victory. Brendan Cornwell added 7 points and Brent Moore (3pts, 3stls) played a solid all-around game for the Heat (2-4). After losing four straight to start the season, the Heat have rallied and look to have some positive momentum headed into the postseason as the #4 seed. Will Withrow and Zach Bienenfeld each scored 7 for the Celtics, who were missing a few key pieces again this week. Jacob Gray contributed 6 points for the Celtics (1-5), who will be the #6 seed in the Pro Division playoffs.
T-BIRDS 66, RAVENS 55: Coach Bud Krause and the T-Birds (5-0) wrapped up the #1 seed and first round bye in next week’s Legends Division playoffs with their 11-point victory over the Ravens (0-5) on Saturday. Strong performances from Jordan Roebuck (25 points, Legends Division record), Owen Richardson (18 points), and Jonah Robinson (9 points) helped the T-Birds set a Legends Division record with 66 points in one game.
MAD ANTS 45, DRIVE 43: The Drive jumped out to a 5-point halftime lead but couldn’t sustain it as they were outscored by 7 points in the second half before falling to 1-4 on the season. The Mad Ants were led by Jacob Kettner’s 23 points, which would have been a new Legends Division record if not for the performance from Jordan Roebuck in the other Legends Division contest. Dylan Genzlinger added 10 points for the Mad Ants (4-1). Sam Mercer scored 12 points and had 8 rebounds for the Drive while Shane Manna added 9 points.