Pistons Academy Spring basketball leagues, presented by Kroger, continued in Southfield over the weekend. Due to a power outage, games in Royal Oak had to be postponed (more information on the rescheduling of those games can be found below).
Thursday, May 3rd, Franklin Athletic Club
CELTICS 18, WARRIORS 15: The Celtics picked up the season-opening win over the Warriors in a tightly contested game. Both teams came out strong on the offensive end, as the Celtics led 10-9 at the half behind James Ghedotte’s 4 first-half points. Elijah Smith led the Celtics (1-0) with 6 points total. After a back and forth second half, the Warriors (0-1) nearly forced overtime as Ziv Ferber (5 points) was able to find an opening for the potential game-tying three-pointer. In dramatic fashion, the shot bounced in and out, resulting in the Celtics’ victory. Mario Wilson and Tyler Robinson each scored 4 points for the Celtics.
ROCKETS 17, HEAT 13: The Rockets (1-0) jumped out to an early 10-6 lead behind the strong first-half play of Landon Nizol (4 points). However, following some halftime adjustments the Heat were able to battle back and keep it close throughout the second half. Tyler Robinson scored all 4 of his points in the second half, and Shon Akins (5 points) and Matthew Ben (4 points) rounded out the scoring for the Celtics (0-1). Amir Fullilove led the Rockets with 7 points and 5 rebounds.
Saturday, May 5th, Franklin Athletic Club
RAVENS 32, BLACKHAWKS 11: The Ravens (2-1) stormed out to a 19-6 halftime lead and never looked back in this one as they cruised past the Blackhawks (0-2). Drew Heckman (11 points) led the Ravens in scoring, but they received solid contributions from a number of players. Jack Kutinsky scored 7 points, Jason Parker and Wally Ulmer each scored 4 points, and William Fedor scored 6 points. For the Blackhawks, Quran Creary was solid as he scored 7 points and played tough on defense. The Blackhawks will need his spirit and energy throughout the season, as they try to get things back on track. They are a talented group of players, but the chemistry is still a work in progress. Once they put it all together, the rest of the Prep Division could be in trouble!
WARRIORS 35, KNIGHTS 17: Hustle and determination was the key to the Warriors (2-0) success on Saturday, as they simply outworked their opponents in the first half. They seemed to a be a step ahead of the Knights (0-2), with Ethan Watkins (10 points) leading the way. Elijah Watkins scored 8 points as the twin brothers combined for 18 points! Jordan Scott added 5 points in his first game of the season and Spencer Sherr (4 points) provided his patented hustle and leadership to go along with some defensive play making. The Knights picked it up a bit in the second half, as Lance Kukes was able to work his way to the foul line, where he converted 3 of 4 to finish with 5 points in the second half. Ferran Domingo Portet also made some nice plays in the second half, but it was too little, too late for the Knights.
KNIGHTS 24, CHARGERS 21: In the second game of their doubleheader, the Knights played a much more complete game. They started strong and never lost focus, which was a key factor in a game that never saw either team lead by more than 4 points. The Chargers (1-1), led by Michael Drelles’ 12 points, hung tough despite missing one of their top players. Joey Hesano scored 5 points and Isaiah Mahdi added 4 points for the Chargers. Determined to pick up the win, the Knights battled with everything they had in the second half. Luca Spadafore (8 points), Jonathan Schwartz (6 points), and Lance Kukes (6 points) led the Knights in scoring, and Zackary Kozouz and EJ Winston Jr. were tenacious on defense. Behind their strong play, the Knights managed to split their doubleheader.
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