MHSAA Boys Basketball - Gearing Up For A Championship

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The finish line is in sight! While the girls are wrapping up their season with the state championship games on Saturday, the boys still have work to do. Good luck to those teams playing for a state title tomorrow. I’m sure that win or lose, you will represent your school with class and make some memories that will last forever. As for the boys, the finals are at the Breslin on March 24th (A week from Saturday). Let’s take a look at what transpired in the past week on the court.

Coach Cottrell’s BLOWOUT of the Week

Detroit Pershing 94 Redford Thurston 41 (53 points)

The Doughboys put the pedal to the metal and took home the win. It was 48-27 at halftime and 83-36 after the third quarter. Sherron Dorsey-Walker led all scorers with 26 points. Veyon Bentley scored 23 and Martez Walker chipped in 15. For Redford Thurston, Xzavier Bowen scored 13 and was followed by Rayvlon Croon with 12. Pershing had a bit of revenge on Detroit MLK, beating them 75-70 to avenge the loss in the Detroit Public School League final a few weeks ago. Pershing will play Romulus Tuesday at University of Detroit Mercy with a tipoff at 5:30pm.

Low Score of the Week

Fulton-Middleton 32 Wyoming Tri-Unity Christian 31 (63 points)

Wyoming Tri-Unity Christian will not be defending their state title, even though they had nearly every player back from last season. Fulton-Middleton hit the game winner with 20 ticks left on the clock. Wyoming shot pretty poorly, only connecting on 11 of their 52 shots. Fulton-Middleton’s Tyler Walden led all players with 11 points. He was followed by Corey Hungerford with eight points. Wyoming Tri-Unity Christian was led by Doug Venema with 10 points while Jon Osantowski and Joey Blauwkamp each scored six. Fulton-Middleton fell this week to Muskegon Catholic Central by a score of 48-43.

High Score of the Week

Covert 89 St. Joseph Michigan Lutheran 86 (175 points)

Although St. Joseph Michigan Lutheran held an 18 point lead at one time in the second quarter, they could not finish off Covert, but it did go to overtime. Diontae Jeffries and Lajuan Marshall each scored 24 points. Loven Mosby scored 17. For Covert, they were led by Nate Rosenbaum who led all players with 31 points. Micah Rimple scored 27 to help his team win. Covert lost this past week to Marcellus Howardsville Christian.

Future Spartan Watch

Denzel Valentine and his teammates from Lansing Sexton keep winning. They have won their third consecutive regional final. In that game against Marshall, Valentine only scored 11 points, grabbed six rebounds, blocked four shots and stole three balls. That’s a pretty good game considering that Marshall made him the focus on defense and had multiple players around him constantly.

Matt Costello and the crew at Bay City Western didn’t have the week they were hoping for. They lost to Flint Northwestern 75-65. Costello scored 15 points though. He also grabbed 13 rebounds and a block. It was Costello’s final game for the Warriors.

Gary Harris of Hamilton Southeastern High School in Fishers, Indiana was selected for the US Team at the Nike Hoop Summit, April 7th in Portland, OR.