Our Pistons Academy fall basketball leagues in Birmingham and Southfield are in full swing. Players and teams in the Prep, College, Pro, and Legends Divisions each took the court over the weekend in hopes of gaining some early season momentum. For box scores and season standings, please follow the link below:
Detroit Hustle Player of the Week:
Congratulations to Brandon Brown of the Wolverines as he has been named our Hustle Player of the Week for his strong effort against the Broncos.
Friday, October 6th
Hoyas 25, Spartans 16: The Hoyas jumped out to an early 10-6 lead after the first quarter and never looked back in this one. Danny Rassel and Logan Connaughton (6 points each) led a balanced attack for the Hoyas (1-0), as each player on the team scored. Rassel also was outstanding on defense, consistently stealing the ball and pestering the Spartan’s guards. The Spartans (0-1) were led in scoring by James Chinonis (9 points) and Brady Glime (7 points).
Pistons 48, Warriors 27: The Pistons (2-0) continued their winning ways this week, as they defeated a second-straight opponent by 20+ points. After the halftime break, great ball movement and balanced scoring allowed the Pistons to take control of this one. They outscored the Warriors 26-10 in the second half. Ethan Wise (11 points), Jack Yoder (9 points), and Grant Stice (8 points) came up big for the Pistons. Rion Ando (12 points) and Leo Laker (10 points) led the Warriors (0-2). Tied atop the Pro Division standings, the Pistons will square off with the unbeaten Spurs next week!
Saturday, October 7th
Falcons 17, Chargers 11: The Falcons got off on the right foot this week, as they had a solid debut against a tough Chargers team. Fiesty defense from the Falcons kept the Chargers (0-1) scoreless until midway through the second quarter. By the time Jack Kutinsky (6 points) and Aidan Valente (3 points) were able to get going, the Falcons (1-0) had already built a nice lead. Ethan Watkins scored a game-high 10 points and Michael West chipped in 4 points for the Falcons.
Ravens 15, Blackhawks 14: This was a tightly contested, back-and-forth game that certainly could have gone either way. The Ravens came out on top, behind a strong all-around game from Myles Rontal and a game-high 8 points from Luca Spadafore. The Blackhawks (0-1) were led by Jonathan Schwartz’s 6 points. Preston Haimbaugh and Max Reger contributed some stellar defense for the Blackhawks, but the Ravens (1-0) were just a little bit better on Saturday.
Wolverines 29, Broncos 26: Abe Miller scored a game-high 15 points for the Broncos (0-1), including 4 three-pointers, a Pistons Academy College Division record. But it wasn’t enough, as the Wolverines (1-0) flexed their muscle around the basket. Luke Salkowski (10 points), Brandon Brown (10 points), and Ian Malin (4 points) combined for 24 points and were dominant on the glass. They shut the Broncos down, forcing them to settle for jump shots. Alex Hesano also had a nice defensive game for the Wolverines. Daniel Gonzales chipped in 5 points for the Broncos.
Hoosiers 31, Huskies 23: Despite a game-high 20 points from Huskies’ guard, Adrian Smith, the Hoosiers were able to sneak out a quality victory in their season debut. Smith (20 points) showed a great ability to get to the basket and draw contact, but the Hoosiers (1-0) stayed disciplined on defense and were able to limit the damage. The Huskies drop to 0-1 on the season. Xavier Lane netted 13 points for the Hoosiers, including some really nice drives to the basket. Jacob Drouillard (4 points) played a solid all-around game, setting the tone for his team on both ends of the floor. Eli Yen (8 points), Tejas Sabnis (4 points), and Henry Weiss (5 rebounds) also made some valuable contributions for the Hoosiers.
Spurs 64, Heat 27: Stifling defense paired with an opportunistic transition offense has propelled the Spurs to an incredible start of the season. Aidan Trierweiler was unstoppable for the Spurs (2-0). In addition to scoring a game-high 28 points, he continued his strong play on the defensive end. Jacob Kalil added 10 points while Amare McElwee (7 points) and Nick Wagner (8 points) both played solid all-around games for Coach Geo Thomas and the Spurs. The Heat (0-2) will have to rally and continue to focus on getting better as the season unfolds. They have shown glimpses of being a really good team, but have yet to put it together for a full game. Nick Lurz paced the Heat with 18 points and Brent Moore played tough defense, but it was not enough to hold off this juggernaut Spurs team.
Lakers 32, Celtics 29: This was a well-contested game throughout as both teams appeared to be evenly matched. Strong guard play from both teams made for an exciting 2nd half. Trailing 16-8 at halftime, the Celtics (1-1) rallied behind Adiev Alexander (11 points), Joseph Yaldo (10 points), and Omar Zeni (2 points, 3 steals). After the 3rd quarter, the Lakers’ lead had been cut to one, 20-19. However, Noah Kam (11 points) and Ari Ferber (6 points) provided good 4th quarter defense and the guard play of Ben Diskin (8 points) and Alec Mayoras (5 plays) sealed the game for the Lakers (1-1) by handling the Celtic’s pressure.
T-Birds 43, Drive 40: C.J. Krause scored a game-high 20 points and Jordan Roebuck added 13 points for the T-Birds (1-0). Sam Mercer (8 points) and Shane Manna (6 points) paced the Drive (0-1), with Grant Blau and Cameron Tower each adding 5 points.
Mad Ants 15, RO 0: The Mad-Ants improve to 1-0 with the forfeit win.