Pistons Academy basketball leagues, presented by Kroger, are in full swing this spring in the Southfield and Royal Oak areas. Catch up on the latest results, standings, and highlights from each spring league in this week’s Roundup!
Thursday, May 17th, Franklin Athletic Club
CELTICS 10, HEAT 8 (OT): With under 30 seconds left, Shon Akins of the Heat took the ball coast-to-coast and hit a running layup, tying the score at 8-8. The bucket would force overtime, as the Heat (0-3) were determined to break their two game losing streak. Unfortunately for the, the Celtics would prevail in the extra period, as they scored early and held on for the thrilling victory. Carson Coburn led the Celtics (2-1) with 4 points and 3 steals, while Trenton Ward, Aaron Davis, and Elijah Smith each scored 2 points. Shon Akins led the Heat with 4 points, while Antonio Green and Miguel Foster each added 2 points. The Heat have played much better of late and will be a tough challenge for any opponent over the remainder of the season.
WARRIORS 18, ROCKETS 6: Ziv Ferber (8 points, 4 rebounds) led the Warriors to a convincing victory on Thursday night. An air-tight defense and opportunistic offense helped the Warriors improve to 2-1 on the season and move into a 3-way tie atop the Rookie League standings. Mario Wilson scored 4 points and Jackson Hanks hit a nice jumper in the second half for 2 points. Ahmir Fullilove scored 4 points and Landon Nizol added 2 points for the previously unbeaten Rockets, who drop to 2-1 on the season.
Saturday, May 19th, Franklin Athletic Club
WARRIORS 28, BLACKHAWKS 26: The Warriors (4-0) came out firing on all cylinders in the first game of their doubleheader, jumping out to an early 14-6 lead. The Blackhawks (0-4) went on an incredible run late in the game to make things interesting, but their comeback bid came up just short. Quran Creary (9 points) and Jaden Washington (8 points) fueled the Blackhawks’ rally. Ultimately, the Warriors held off the challenge and remained unbeaten on the season behind 10 points and 8 rebounds from Sam Zeller. Austin Gillery (6 points), Aiden LaVictor (4 points), and Kamari Milhouse (2 points) each contributed solid minutes for the Warriors.
WARRIORS 28, RAVENS 13: Another strong first half from the Warriors (5-0) propelled them to their second win of the day, and fifth consecutive victory to start the season. Spencer Sherr led the way with 12 points and some tenacious defense. Jordan Scott added 8 points on some nice step-back jumpers. The Ravens (3-2) were a little shorthanded and struggled to find a rhythm offensively. Jack Kutinksy scored 7 points to lead the Ravens.
CHARGERS 39, KNIGHTS 21: These two teams traded baskets and went back and forth throughout the first half. The Chargers held a slim 20-19 lead early in the second half before exploding for a 19-0 burst that would put them up 39-19. It was an incredible scoring run and the Chargers (2-3) did just about everything right in the second half. Michael Drelles was phenomenal, scoring 17 points and adding 5 rebounds and 4 steals. Joey Hesano chipped in 8 points, Isaiah Mahdi scored 6 points, Nate Stebbins (4 points) and Eoin Papanikolas (4 points) for the Chargers. The Knights (2-3) were led by Lance Kukes’ 9 points, Ferran Domingo-Portet’s 7 points, and Zackary Kozouz’s 5 points.
Saturday, May 19th, Royal Oak High School
HOOSIERS 25, SPARTANS 19: Micah Green scored 12 points and the Hoosiers picked up their second win of the season, improving to 2-1 overall. Chase Kukes and Benjamin Schwartz each added 4 points for the Hoosiers, who sit in 2nd place in the College Division standings. Alex Hesano (11 points), Nolan Peterson (6 pts, 3 stls), and Grant Supanich (2 pts, 5 rebs) led the Spartans (0-3) who will look to gain some momentum, and their first victory, when the season resumes on June 2nd.
WOLVERINES 37, HUSKIES 14: The Wolverines improved to 3-0 on the season and will remain in 1st place in the College Division standings following their convincing win on Saturday. Madden Gunsberg led the Wolverines with 16 points and Tyler Weina (5 pts, 8 rebs) was tough in the middle. Luke Vaughn also scored 4 points for the undefeated Wolverines. The Huskies (1-2) were paced by Mason Rothschild (8 points) and Asher Kaftan (4 points).
PISTONS 35, WIZARDS 32: The Pistons picked up win #2 on the season and moved into sole possession of 2nd place in the Pro Division. In a tough and competitive game, it was Antonio Simpson (14 points) and Raz Leyba (9 points) who led the way for the Pistons (2-1). The Wizards hung tough throughout, but came up just short as they fall to (0-3) on the season. Timothy Wilt scored 12 points and Quinton Steele had 8 points for the Wizards.
KNICKS 37, LAKERS 36: The Knicks were able to stay perfect on the season (3-0), knocking off the Lakers (1-2) in a thrilling matchup. The teams traded baskets throughout the game, leaving much doubt as to who would prevail. Eventually, it was Tristian Gist (19 points) and the Knicks who would squeak out the 1-point victory. Amare McElwee chipped in 8 points and the Knicks sit atop the Pro Division standings. The Lakers were paced by Kevin Berrios-Benson (17 pts, 6 rebs) and Jack Fundukian (12 points).
REMINDER: There will be no games or practices from May 24-26 due to Memorial Day weekend. Games and practices will resume next week. Have a safe and happy Memorial Day weekend!