Hoops Action - Let's Get To The Title Games!

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It’s here! 

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This Saturday we will crown four state champions for boy’s basketball. Many of the teams favored to win a title this year have bowed out already. Not all, but plenty of those teams are now working on their batting or high jump technique. It was pretty quick looking up the scores because there were so few games played this week compared to most of the season. Let’s take a look at who is still out there and who earned the distinction of “Coach Cottrell’s Blowout of the Week.”

Low Score of the Week

Detroit Denby 47 Taylor Kennedy 37 (84 points)

This game featured a tough defense from Denby. They blocked 12 shots. Isaiah Sykes led the scoring with 18. Derrick Barden chipped in 12 points. The big men played an important role in the win, with the game plan being to get the ball low and utilize the height advantage to get Taylor into foul trouble. It was 32-29 after three quarters, but Denby finished strong. Aaron Hayes was Taylor Kennedy’s leading scorer with 13 points.

Coach Cottrell’s Blowout of the Week

Covert 83 Camden-Frontier 57 (26 points) (140 total points)

This game also was tied for the High Score of the Week. Covert came out quick and ran up a 20 point lead (28-8). That was too tough to overcome for Camden-Frontier. They played much better after the first quarter, but couldn’t close the gap. Amere May led all scorers with 38 points in the winning effort. Adarius Preston scored 15 and pulled down eight rebounds and also stole five balls. In all, the Bulldogs forced 32 Redskin turnovers.  Kurtis Tyler and Gunnar Fink each scored 18 for Camden.

High Score of the Week

Melvindale ABT 78 Saginaw Buena Vista 62 (140 points)

This game also had 140 total points. It was the proficiency from the free throw line that propelled Melvindale Academy for Business and Technology into the semifinals. They knocked down 33 of 45 free throws. I don’t know if there were any players left to go in by the end if there were that many fouls. Michael Talley III scored 27 points in the game and helped move his team closer to the state finals again after they were stripped of the state title last season for use of an ineligible player.