Our Pistons Academy spring basketball leagues are in full swing as we approach the Memorial Day holiday. Our spring leagues in Southfield include the Rookie Division, Friday Night Lights, and the Prep Division. All teams will look to improve upon their performance in the first half of the season as they head into the home stretch and begin gearing up for the playoffs. See below for a quick recap of last week’s action.
Rookie League (May 18) – Bull 16, Raptors 12
The Bulls (2-0) remained unbeaten and climbed to the top spot in our Rookie League standings following their 16-12 victory on Thursday evening. Led by Player of the Game Jordan Scott (8 points), the Bulls outscored the Raptors (0-2) by a score of 8-6 in both the first and second half. The Raptors faced an uphill battle without two of their stronger players in the lineup, but they fought hard all game long. Christian Witherspoon led the way for the Raptors with 4 points, but found himself in foul trouble for much of the second half. The Raptors will look to get back on track in the coming weeks. Meanwhile the Bulls will take on the Celtics on Thursday (May 25th).
Friday Night Lights (May 19) – Swish 32, Stars 30 (OT)
This instant classic in our girls’ Friday Night Lights division provided plenty of excitement for the large crowd on hand. They were treated to a back-and-forth affair as the Swish (2-0) squeaked by the Stars (0-2) in overtime by a score of 32-30! The Stars held a slim 2-point lead at halftime, but the Swish stuck with their game plan and eventually pulled ahead in the closing minutes. However, the Stars did not go away once surrendering the lead. Down three with under a minute to go, Player of the Game Ashley Forner was fouled on a 3-point attempt. In perhaps the most pressure-packed moment of her career, Ashley calmly sank all three free-throws to tie the game for the Stars and force overtime! In the overtime, it was Jadyn Butler who scored the game-winning basket for the Swish. Jadyn was actually the player who fouled Ashley F. of the Stars on the 3-point attempt at the end of regulation, but she more than made up for it with her overtime performance. It was Jadyn’s only bucket, but it was certainly one of the most important plays in this thrilling game! Addison Rosner, Hannah Lisch, and Arden Hafron led a balanced scoring attack for the Swish with each netting 8 points. Ashley Forner scored a game-high and season-high 23 points for the Stars.
Prep Division (May 20) – Falcons 20, Colts 12
The Falcons (2-1) were able to move above .500 on Saturday, defeating the Colts (0-3) in a tough, physical game. Player of the Game Tony Forbes (9 points) was able to knock down some difficult pull-up jumpers and helped keep his team organized on both ends of the floor as they led this one from start to finish. He received some scoring help from Ari Blank and Raye Townsel, who each chipped in 4 points. The Falcons are beginning to hit their stride and look to be the biggest challenge to the league-leading Chargers. For the Colts (0-3), Saturday was a step in the right direction. They are beginning to play better defense without committing as many fouls, but they still tend to reach in a bit too often on defense. Offensively, some of their top players are beginning to gain confidence. Aaron Sigmon (6 points) and Josh Sigmon (4 points) were able to get things going, and the rest of the team is beginning to pick up the scoring pace as well. The Colts are a talented team and when they really start to gel, the rest of the league could be in trouble.
Prep Division (May 20) – Chargers 26, Wolves 12
To begin Saturday’s game, Chase Tonnies of the Chargers (3-0) went on a personal 9-0 run to open the game. Ultimately, this proved to be the difference in the game. The Wolves (1-2) quickly regrouped following a timeout, but the early 9 point deficit was too much to overcome. Overall, it was a bit of an uncharacteristic performance for the Wolves, as they have been very impressive to begin the season. However, look for this team to bounce back quickly from this loss. The Wolves’ trio of Jace Bernard (4 points), Jonah Zekman (6 points), and Josiah Robinson (2 points) and their teammates will look to turn it around next week. For the Chargers, it was a beautiful display of passing, teamwork, poise under pressure, and tough team defense that led to the lopsided score. Tonnies contributed 13 points to go along with Jermon Johnson’s 5 points and Drew Richmond‘s 4 points. Player of the Game Aiden Stapels made some incredible passes, and Liam Trierweiler and Max Schiff continued their unselfish play. Their defensive focus and willingness to do whatever it takes to help their team win is fun to watch.