CELTICS 16, HAWKS 12: The Celtics picked up their first win of the season on Thursday night, as they took advantage of a hot start and managed to build a 7-2 halftime lead. Carter Williams (game-high 12 points) started the scoring for the Celtics (1-1-0) as he knocked down a baseline jumper and later added a free throw to build a 3-0 lead. Xan Scheinfield (4 points) quickly countered with a lefty lay-in of his own for the Hawks (0-1-1) as they pulled within 1 point at the first timeout. The Hawks, however, would go cold for the remainder of the first half, thanks in large part to the tenacious defense of Jamir Goodall (6 steals), Connor Wolfe, and Ziv Ferber. Landon Smith (2 points) and Tyler Robinson (2 points) entered the game in the second quarter for the Celtics and made an immediate impact. Their ability to handle the ball helped them each find an open shot, which they both converted to give the Celtics a 7-2 halftime lead. They kept that momentum going in the second half as they opened up an 11-4 lead heading into the final minutes of the game. For the Hawks, Tarek Agha scored 6 second-half points and Jonah Cimmino added a putback basket. Braylon Fields and Joshua Peltz played solid defensive games, but it wasn’t quite enough to overcome the early deficit. Both teams will be off next Thursday for the Thanksgiving holiday. They will return to action on Nov. 30th.
SPURS 8, LAKERS 6: In a low-scoring and tough defensive battle, the Spurs (2-0) squeaked out a 2-point victory on Thursday night inside the gymnasium at Franklin Athletic Club in Southfield. The Lakers (0-1-1) managed to jump out to a 6-2 halftime lead behind 4 points from the constantly-improving Carter Rowls and a running jumper from Jackson Mansfield (2 points). Strong defense from CJ Brown, Dominic Washington, and Joe Bradley helped keep the Spurs off the scoreboard until late in the first half when Christopher Mosely (2 points) netted a nifty layup. Trailing 6-2 entering the second half, Spurs’ stars Xavier Jones (2 points) and Tyler Ruth (4 points) got their team going offensively. Both have displayed tremendous ball handling ability and a willingness to dig in and play some tough defense. Connor Moorer, Jonah Zack, and Austin Gillery were also locked in defensively for the Spurs. The Spurs pitched a shutout in the second half, outscoring the Lakers 6-0 en route to claiming the 8-6 win. As the score indicates, both teams struggled to score the ball in this one. The majority of this was due to their opponent’s airtight defense, but some better spacing on offense and increased court awareness should allow both teams to start filling it up. The Spurs and Lakers will return to action on Nov. 30th.
REMINDER: The Rookie League will not meet on Thursday, November 23rd (Thanksgiving). All teams will resume action on Thursday, November 30th.