Thursday, May 10th, Franklin Athletic Club
WARRIORS 19, HEAT 5: The Warriors (1-1) got back on track and picked up their first win of the season. Ziv Ferber (9 points) and Tyler Robinson (8 points) led the way for the Warriors as they were able to coast to the finish line following a 12-2 surge in the first half. The Heat (0-2) were never able to get in sync offensively, as they struggled to find spacing and open shots. Shon Akins had a strong second half for the Heat, scoring 4 points and grabbing 5 rebounds.
ROCKETS 19, CELTICS 8: The Rockets combined an efficient offensive game with stifling defense to pick up their second win in as many tries. In moving to 2-0 on the season, the Rockets are in sole possession of first place. Ahmir Fullilove (9 points, 6 rebounds) paced the Rockets, while Chaz Perry (6 points), Landon Nizol (2 points), and Jason Parker (2 points, 3 rebounds) contributed nicely. For the Celtics (1-1), Elijah Smith scored 4 points, with Trenton Ward and James Ghedotte each adding 2 points. Hailey Webley played great team basketball and consistently made the right plays. She will be a big key for the Celtics moving forward, as her decision making and ball security are very impressive.
Saturday, May 12th, Franklin Athletic Club
WARRIORS 24, CHARGERS 16: The Prep Division Warriors continued their winning ways, improving to 3-0 on the season and maintaining their place atop the Prep Division standings. Each Warrior player made substantial contributions on Saturday and seven of the eights players scored at least 2 points in the game. Led by Sam Zeller (6 points) and Spencer Sherr (4 points), the Warriors played a complete game. Austin Gillery and Aiden LaVictor each added 4 points. For the Chargers (1-2), this was the first game of their doubleheader, and it certainly wasn’t easy having only 6 players available. They battled and hung tough throughout the game, but they just couldn’t keep up with the quickness and physicality of the Warriors over the course of the game. Isaiah Mahdi led the Chargers with 7 points, including some tough defense.
RAVENS 40, CHARGERS 26: In game #2 of their Saturday doubleheader, the Chargers faced a big challenge in the surging Ravens (3-1), a team that has now won 3 games in a row. The Chargers (1-3) kept it close for much of the first half, but a big run in the final 2 minutes helped the Ravens take a 22-12 halftime lead. That run proved to be the difference, as the teams played fairly even in the second half. Drew Heckman scored a game-high 16 points for the Ravens, while Wally Ulmer, William Fedor, and Tommy O’Doherty each added 4 points. Michael Drelles led the Chargers with 12 points, while Joey Hesano chipped in 10 points. The Chargers will look to get their teammates back and improve next week.
KNIGHTS 26, BLACKHAWKS 24 (OT): In a thrilling finish, the Knights (2-2) knocked off the Blackhawks (0-3) in overtime. A putback layup from Ferran Domingo Portet as time expired gave the Knights their second win of the season. “I’ve scored the game-winning points before, but never on a buzzer-beater like that! It was a lot of fun and I was happy to see the ball go through the net!” said Ferran (7 points, 5 rebounds). Jonathan Schwartz led the Knights with 11 points and Lance Kukes added 6 points. The Blackhawks played their best game of the season and appear to be figuring some things out. They looked nothing like a team that struggled in their first two games, as they played a great brand of team basketball and showed a lot of heart and determination on defense. Quran Creary scored 6 points and had 4 assists, while Christian McLeod, Zachary Wells, and Parker Rost each chipped in 4 points.
Saturday, May 12th, Royal Oak High School
HOOSIERS 32, HUSKIES 18: The Hoosiers (1-1) picked up their first win of the season, knocking off the previously unbeaten Huskies (1-1). Both teams sit in second place in the College Division, with the Hoosiers currently holding the tiebreaker.
WOLVERINES 34, SPARTANS 25: Following an opening weekend victory, the Wolverines (2-0) kept it rolling as they knocked off the in-state rival Spartans. The win puts the Wolverines atop the College Division standings through 2 games. The Spartans (0-2) drop into last place in the College Division, but this is a team that will make some noise as the season progresses.
KNICKS 32, PISTONS 31: Saturday’s match up between the Knicks and Pistons came down to wire, but in the end it was the Knicks who came out on top, improving to 2-0 on the season. The Pistons drop to 1-1 on the season and are tied for second place in the Pro Division.
LAKERS 41, WIZARDS 20: The Lakers rebounded in a big way from their opening week loss, as they were clicking on both ends of the floor. The victory pushes them to the 1-1 on the season, while the Wizards drop to 0-2 on the year.