Detroit Hustle Player of the Week
Congratulations to Daniel Gonzales of the College Division Broncos on being named Hustle Player of the Week for his performance throughout the Bronco’s playoff run. The Broncos fell to the top-seeded Wolverines in overtime in the Championship Game, claiming second place in the College Division.
Friday, November 17th, Berkshire MS
ANGELS 17, SPARX 15:
DRAGONS 20, REBELS 10:
#4 HOOSIERS 44, #6 HOYAS 36: Both teams started the game on fire in this one, as they combined for 44 points in the first half! The Hoosiers led 23-21 at the break behind 7 first half points from Jacob Drouillard. For the Hoyas, Logan Connaughton scored 6 of his 10 points in the first half, with Braeden Logsdon adding 7 points of his own. Following the halftime break and some adjustments, Xavier Lane (15 pts, 8reb) exploded for the Hoosiers, as the College Division’s #4 seed held serve and pulled away from the sixth-seeded Hoyas. Daniel Rassel had a big second half for the Hoyas, scoring 11 of his team-high 13 points, but the Hoosiers had just a little bit too much firepower on Friday night. Tejas Sabnis scored a season-high 8 points and Henry Weiss and Jack Skrzyniak scored 4 points and 2 points, respectively.
Friday, November 17th, Franklin Athletic Club
#3 SPARTANS 40, #5 HUSKIES 19: The third-seeded Spartans entered Friday night’s game with a tough challenge ahead of them. The fifth-seeded Huskies had been playing great basketball of late, as they seemed to finally hit their stride this season and were not going to be an easy out for the Spartans. For the first half on Friday night, this held true. The Huskies battled and scrapped to keep the game close, trailing by just three (14-11) entering the second half. However, the Spartans would put their foot on the gas pedal and pulled away quickly in the second half. A 22-2 run to start the second half ballooned the score to 36-13. Brady Glime (16 points) was a monster down low for the Spartans and Noah Alami (6 points) played a solid game for the Spartans. AJ Smith (15 points) was great once again, but turnovers and a cold shooting 2nd half doomed the Huskies. With the win, the Spartans advanced to Saturday’s College Division Final Four.
CRUSH 23, WINGS 11: Olivia Grenadier (10 points) and Brooke Brown (6 points) were too much down low for the Crush, as they outscored the Wings 20-8 in the paint. The suffocating defense of the Crush made it difficult for the Wings to get many opportunities close to the basket. Rylee Mott (4 points) and Grace Main (2 points) were able to sneak by their defender for a couple easy baskets, but that was just about all the Crush surrendered in this one. Hannah Gable, Taylor Hartwig, and Veda Hayes each netted 2 points for the Crush as they improved to 3-1 on the season. The Wings dropped to 0-4 on the season but will look to play the role of spoiler in the playoffs.
Saturday, November 18th, Berkshire
RAIDERS 35, BLACKHAWKS 21: The Raiders secured the second seed in next week’s Prep Division playoffs as they improved to 4-2 on season with their convincing win over the Blackhawks (1-5) on Saturday. The Raiders offense has been clicking of late, as they improved their season point total to 140 points (23ppg). Jonah Zekman scored 11 points to go along with 6 rebounds. Mikias McKinney continued his strong play with 8 points and the Raiders got a nice lift from Nathan Hendrickson (6 points) and Brady Klein (6 points). Jonathan Schwartz scored a game-high 14 points on 7 of 11 shooting. He is starting to heat up, which could be a problem for the other Prep Division teams in the playoffs. Zachary Wells scored 4 points and added 2 steals for the Blackhawks, who will be the #5 seed in the playoffs on Sat., December 2nd.
RAVENS 24, FALCONS 10: A 16-2 scoring run to start the game was all the Ravens (5-1) needed to pull away from the Falcons (3-3) on Saturday. Despite good ball movement and some decent looks, the Falcons just couldn’t get anything to fall. Credit the Ravens, as they made the most of their opportunities and started the game red-hot. Myles Rontal (6 points) led a balanced scoring attack for the Ravens, with Joseph Hesano and Luca Spadafore each adding 4 points. The Watkins’ Brothers accounted for all 10 of the Falcons points, as Ethan Watkins scored 8 and his brother, Eli Watkins, added 2 points. The Falcons will be the #3 seed, while the Ravens have earned the top seed in the Prep Division playoffs.
#1 WOLVERINES 33, #4 HOOSIERS 18: A 14-1 run in the second quarter propelled the Wolverines to victory in Saturday’s first College Division Semifinal. Fueled by Brandon Brown’s 6 points in the quarter, all 5 Wolverines on the court scored at least 2 points during the run (Alex Hesano, Tommy Vogt, Ian Malin, Luke Salkowski, Brown). The Hoosiers were unable to get back in the game as they trailed 19-2 at the halftime break. Xavier Lane was a bright spot for the Hoosiers as he scored 12 points, building upon his strong performance in Friday night’s play-in game. The Hoosiers received nice contributions from everyone on their roster over the course of the season, but they were overpowered in this one as the top-seeded and undefeated Wolverines flexed their muscle once again. The Hoosiers rebounded nicely in the second half, outscoring the Wolverines 16-14, but it was too little too late. With the win, the Wolverines punched their ticket to the College Division Championship Game.
#2 BRONCOS 22, #3 SPARTANS 14: In a fairly low-scoring game, the second-seeded Broncos outlasted the third-seeded Spartans by a score of 22-14. With both teams playing a zone defense, points in the paint were hard to come by. Each team found themselves settling for jump shots, but neither was able to heat up and start knocking them down in bunches. Abe Miller’s 10 points were a game-high, while Daniel Gonzales’ 4 points and Chase Kukes 2 points were just what the Broncos needed to earn the semifinal victory. James Chinonis capped off a strong campaign for the Spartans with 6 points, to go along with the much-improved Noah Alami’s 4 points. The Bronco’s victory would set up a #1 vs #2 showdown with the Wolverines.
#1 PISTONS 47, #6 CELTICS 40: The Celtics magical playoff run came to an end on Saturday afternoon, as they fell to the top-seeded Pistons in a close, exciting game. Coming into the playoffs in last place and as the bottom seed in the Pro Division playoffs, one would have expected the Celtics to bow out of the playoffs in the opening rounds. However, they showed incredible fight and chemistry over the last two weekends as they pulled off two shocking upsets (#3 Spurs, #2 Lakers). Strong defense in the first half limited the top-seeded Pistons to just 15 points, allowing the Celtics to hold a 20-15 halftime lead. After the halftime break, the Pistons made a concerted effort to get the ball in the hands of their best playmakers, Ethan Wise and John Chinonis. Much like they have all season, Wise (17 points) and Chinonis (18 points) delivered. They combined for 35 points (20 in the second half). Alex Yoder and Grant Stice each added 2 points for the Pistons. For the Celtics, Joseph Yaldo was great once again as he scored a game-high 21 points. Zach Bienenfeld was a presence down low (5pts, 6rebs) and Adiev Alexander added 8 points despite recently coming off a thumb injury. The Pistons took advantage of a 32-11 second half scoring advantage to cap off the undefeated season and claim the Pro Division Championship!
#1 WOLVERINES 33, #2 BRONCOS 25 (OT): Abe Miller’s running three-pointer in the final seconds of regulation knotted the game at 25 for the Broncos and forced overtime in this instant classic. The Broncos tough defense gave the Wolverines problems throughout the game, as forwards Chase Kukes and Benjamin Schwartz tough inside presence slowed the dominant forwards of the Wolverines. Daniel Gonzales also gave the Wolverine’s guards problems all day with his tough defense and the Broncos were on the verge of pulling off a major upset. Neither team led by more than 6 in this game until the overtime period. As the game wore on, however, the Wolverines top players began to assert themselves. Brandon Brown scored 11 of his game-high 15 points in the second half and overtime for the Wolverines, who used an 8-0 run in the overtime period to pull away and claim the College Division Championship. Tommy Vogt and Luke Salkowski each scored 6 big points for the undefeated Wolverines.