Detroit Hustle Player of the Week
Congratulations to Devin Young of the Prep Division Chargers on being named Hustle Player of the Week for his performance in Saturday’s 18-15 victory over the Falcons!
Friday, November 10th, Berkshire
SPARX 22, REBELS 10: The Sparx earned their first victory of the season Friday as they shocked the Rebels with their uptempo play. Sparx forward Mary Gumbis played her best game of the season with 10 points and several key rebounds. Emma Weber added 10 points and three assists while Katie Drouillard and Addison Jacob each added a basket. “It was the most complete game I have seen them play,” said League Director Geo Thomas, “”They looked really good!” The Rebels were paced by the strong play of Lola Finneran who scored a career high 10 points and had 11 rebounds.
DRAGONS 14, WINGS 12: In a tough defensive battle, the Dragons found victory as Jadyn Butler hit a mid-range jumper with just five seconds remaining. “It was so cool,” said Jadyn after the game, “I was so excited!” The Dragons played amazing defense, holding the Wings team to just 12 points. Daniela Grimske had two steals and two rebounds to help the Dragons. The Wings also played their best game of the season. Riley Mott was solid from the FT Line going 3-4. Grace Main added five points and 13 rebounds to lead the Wings (0-3), who are still looking for their first victory.
#5 WARRIORS 42, #4 HEAT 34: The fifth-seeded Warriors used a second half scoring explosion to erase a 3-point halftime deficit as they outscored the Heat 25-14 after the break. An aggressive fast break offense fueled the run, as Rion Ando (17 points) and Leo Laker (4 assists) helped the Warriors get out on the break, with Alex Pirotta (6 points) and Jack Genzlinger (7 points) displaying a nice outside shooting touch. The Heat came into the game winners of two straight, but were unable to find their rhythm on Friday night. Nick Lurz (18 points) led the Heat in scoring, with Max Kramer and Neal Pullukat adding 5 and 4 points, respectively.
#6 CELTICS 31, #3 SPURS 25: The Celtics came into the game on a considerable losing streak, having dropped five straight decisions following their opening weekend victory. Much of this came without star forward Adiev Alexander, however. Fielding a full lineup for the first time in weeks, the sixth-seeded Celtics came out of the gates strong as they opened the game on a 13-0 run. Joseph Yaldo (17 points) and Jacob Gray (8 points) were key in the 1st half, while Alexander and Will Withrow helped keep the Spurs off the scoreboard until midway through the half. Forced to play pressure defense, the Spurs began to find themselves in foul trouble while attempting the comeback. They would outscore the Celtics 25-18 the rest of the way, but it was too little too late for the third-seeded Spurs. Amare McElwee and Aiden Trierweiler each scored 6 for the Spurs.
Saturday, November 11th, Berkshire
RAVENS 22, BLACKHAWKS 14: Joseph Hesano scored a season-high 10 points for the Ravens (4-1), as they outscored the Blackhawks 15-6 in the second half. Evan Sachs led the Blackhawks (1-4) with 6 points and Lance Kukes added 4. The Ravens sit alone at the top of the Prep Division standings with 1 week remaining in the regular season.
WOLVERINES 31, BRONCOS 24: Separated by one game in the College Division standings, these two teams entered Saturday’s contest with the top seed in the playoffs on the line. A high scoring first half saw the Wolverines outpace the Broncos 18-15. The Broncos kept it close throughout, but the steady locomotive that is the Wolverines (6-0) kept chugging along, as they ran off their 6th straight victory of the season. The talented trio of Ian Malin, Brandon Brown, and Luke Salkowski combined for 24 points (8 points apiece) and Alex Hesano and Tommy Vogt both netted 2 points. Abe Miller hit 4 threes en route to a game-high 14 points for the Broncos (4-2), while Daniel Gonzales added 6. Both teams will look to improve on their strong regular seasons in the College Division playoffs this week.
SPARTANS 30, HOYAS 16: Brady Glime (10 points) and the Spartans (3-3) jumped out to an early 22-8 lead with the help of Noah Alami and Liam Wise (4 points each). The Hoyas (1-5) tightened up defensively in the second half, limiting the Spartans to just 8 points, but were never able to get it going offensively. Evan Larson led the Hoyas with 5 points.
CHARGERS 18, FALCONS 15: Wally Ulmer’s layup with 24 seconds remaining put the Chargers (2-4) up by 1 in this Prep Division nail-biter, while Devin Young (8 points) sealed the deal with a layup of his own shortly after. Both teams battled hard on Saturday, but the Falcons (3-2) came up short in the final minutes as they lost for just the 2nd time this season. Ari Blank and Milo Piturro led the Falcons with 4 points apiece, and Jude Bialas knocked down a long-range triple in the second half. Wally Ulmer scored 6 points for the Chargers, including his game-winning layup.
#1 PISTONS 47, #5 WARRIORS 31: The Pro Division’s top seed overcame a 5-point halftime deficit as they dominated the second half, outscoring the Warriors 32-11 over the game’s final 18 minutes, shutting down any hopes of an upset. Ethan Wise ran the show beautifully for the Pistons, as he scored 18 points, including a couple trifectas early on that kept his team in the game. Alex Yoder continued his strong season for the ‘Stones with 11 points and 5 rebounds. Zakaria Abdul-Aziz led the Warriors with 9 points and Alex Pirotta chipped in 6. The Pistons will look to cap off a perfect season in the Pro Division Championship Game.
#6 CELTICS 25, #2 LAKERS 24: The Celtics Cinderalla story continues as they advanced to the Pro Division Championship Game following a massive upset of the second seeded Lakers. In a low-scoring, defensive battle, the Celtics forced the their opponent into uncharacteristic turnovers and missed opportunities on the offensive end. Jack Ellis scored 8 points and Ari Ferber 5 points for the Lakers, but the Celtics were able to limit the Lakeshow to a season-low in scoring. Joseph Yaldo (9 points) and Adiev Alexander (5 points) led the Celtics in scoring, as their improbable run continued.
HOOSIERS 35, HUSKIES 28: The Hoosiers (3-3) ended a 2-game losing streak as they held on to beat the much-improved Huskies (1-5). Jacob Drouillard scored a season-high 13 points for the Hoosiers, with steady teammates Tejas Sabnis and Cooper Jurkovich each adding 4 points. A.J. Smith (12 points) and Ryan Hanks (6 points) played well for the Huskies, who utilized a full-court press late in the game to nearly come back. Both teams will look to make some noise in this week’s playoffs.
Saturday, November 11th, Covington
#3 DRIVE 43, #2 MAD ANTS 39: The third-seeded Drive pulled off the first round upset on Saturday, as they defeated the Mad Ants in a tight contest. Jacob Kettner scored 14 and Dylan Dembs netted 9 points for the Mad Ants, but it wasn’t quite enough for the Mad Ants, as they lost for just the second time this season. Max Tushman (9 points) and Shane Manna (7 points) paced the Drive, with the trio of Groth, Blau, and Vaishnav each adding 6.
#1 T-BIRDS 49, #3 DRIVE 29: Coach Bud Krause and the T-Birds capped off an undefeated season as they cruised to a 20-point win in the Legends Division Championship Game. Jordan Roebuck was stellar again, as he scored a game-high 24 points. Jonah Robinson added 12 points. Sam Mercer scored 5 for the Drive to go along with his 9 rebounds. Congratulations to the T-Birds, your 2017 Legends Division Champions.
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