Prep Basketball Report - February 2 - 9, 2011

Jeffrey Cottrell
MHSAA

It’s that time of the week again…time for the Spartan Nation prep basketball report for all you out there that just can’t get enough of the roundball. This week we shall have a bit longer of a report because so many games fit into our normal categories. There are three games that all tied for low score of the week. We even have a story about a girl’s basketball game in Iowa! I know it doesn’t fall under our usual categories, but the game was so unusual that I decided to include it this week. Also, sorry about not getting the Future Spartan Watch in last week’s column, but life and work got in the way. I’m sure y’all know how that goes. So let’s get into it!

High Score of the Week/Century Club Part 3

Jackson 100 Lansing Eastern 85 (185 points)

With 185 total points scored in this game, it must have been fun to watch. The Vikings beat the Quakers who were ranked #6 in Class A, so I’m sure the crowd was excited. Larry Taylor scored a career high 39 points including making 16 of 19 free throws. Jeremy Williamson also scored a career high of 22 points. For Lansing Eastern, Mr. Basketball candidate LaDontae Henton scored 29 points.

Coach Cottrell’s BLOWOUT of the Week

Melvindale Academy of Business and Technology 99 Taylor Trillium 24 (75 points)

Melvindale ABT has won state championships recently. Taylor Trillium has been in my report because they keep get blown out. Welcome back, Trillium! Kenneth Hutton scored 15 points and Albert King III scored 12 for ABT. Maurice Poe scored nearly half of Taylor’s points with 11.

Low Score of the Week Part 1

Manistique 36 Ishpeming Westwood 29 (65 points)

There was only one player to score in double figures in this game. That was Manistique’s Kyle Tiglas with 19 points. Westwood coach Tony Lofaro said both teams struggled offensively. Mitchell Caldwell scored eight points in the losing effort. I think Coach Lofaro was right; they struggled to put points on the board. There must have been a lot of missed shots.

Low Score of the Week Part 2

Livonia Franklin 33 Livonia Churchill 32 (65 points)

Even though the score was very low, this sounds like an exciting game. Senior forward Tino Thomas scored the winning basket with only 15 seconds to play, robbing Churchill of their first victory of the season. Thomas also grabbed 11 rebounds. Stephen Foster and Matt Windle each scored eight points while Windle also had five steals in the losing effort. Churchill shot 12 of 49 from the floor on the evening.

Low Score of the Week Part 3

Painesdale-Jeffers 34 Calumet 31 (65 points)

Guess no one wanted to remember this barn burner. I couldn’t find any information.

Future Spartan Watch

Brandan Kearney – Detroit Southeastern

This young man is getting ready to play some tough basketball. He is about to enter the Detroit Public School League Boy’s Basketball Playoffs. They play tonight, against Detroit Crockett, at Detroit Osborn High School. Interestingly enough, he will be playing one of the top newcomers to the league, 6’4” freshman Marqywell Jackson. Back on February 1, he scored 15 points and tossed 12 assists in a victory over Detroit Denby. He’s averaging 19 points per game this season and is a candidate for Mr. Basketball.

I’ve pretty much exhausted the list of recruits that I could find, for both the men and women. Rather than keep rechecking these players, do you want me to branch out and take a look at other sports? I have no problem checking back in on players already profiled if that is what you want. Email Hondo and tell him which direction I should go.

Wow…that’s all I got

Gladbrook-Reinbeck 122 West Marshall 118

These two teams play girls basketball out in Iowa, but 240 total points? That’s something I had to mention this week. The game did go into double overtime. It set a national record for most points in a girls basketball game, beating the old record of 222 points set in 2004. West Marshall’s Hailee Halverson scored 36 points and grabbed 18 rebounds. At the end of the fourth quarter, the game was tied at 100.

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