After a bunch of snow storms and wicked weather, we are getting back into the swing of things for basketball. A week from Monday (February 25) is the first district games and within two weeks weâ€™ll be knee deep in regional action. You know that coaches are turning up the heat on their players. The girls will start districts on Monday. Do you remember going to district games while in high school? I remember thinking that spring was always around the corner when I put my coat on to go see Buena Vista play district games in the early 1990â€™s. Enough of my reminiscing, letâ€™s get to the basketball.
This year, the list of candidates for Mr. Basketball is short. Very short. The shortest ever. Last season, the list was eight players. This season, you ask? Four. Those four players are Draymond Green from Saginaw High, Dominique Buckley from Romulus, Paul Williams from Detroit Renaissance, and Brad Redford from Frankenmuth. I will say that I donâ€™t know every basketball player in the state, but stillâ€¦thatâ€™s quite a small list.
He Shootsâ€¦Itâ€™s A New Record!
Speaking of Brad Redford, he missed a free throw this past Friday, ending the streak at 102. That is a state record though! Not only did he set a record for consecutive free throws, he also tied a state record by nailing his 116th 3-pointer of the season last night in a 100-58 win over Essexville Garber (Bay City). Redford set a school record for points scored in a game last night. He scored 53 points.
Detroit Public School Champions â€“ Northwestern
The underdog Detroit Northwestern had a hard trip to their championship. They had to play league favorite Detroit Pershing and Renaissance with their Mr. Basketball candidate Paul Williams. This was their first league title since 1978. Northwestern was lead by Julian Gentry who scored 30 points. He had 15 of those points in the third quarter.
Coach Cottrellâ€™s Blowout of the Week
Ewen-Trout Creek 79 Chassell 21
E-TC was lead by Chase Leskela who scored 25. By the second quarter, Coach Tom Caudill (who has more than 530 career wins) had subbed everyone into the game and was able to put players in and pull them out as he pleased. The score was 44-12 at the half.
Bear Lake 100 Baldwin 84
JJ Randall lead the Bear Lake team with 34 points, 13 assists, and five steals. He was helped by Anthony Reedy who scored 24 points, had 10 rebounds, three assists, and two blocked shots. The win gives Bear Lake at least a share of the Western Michigan D League boyâ€™s basketball championship. They shot 65% from the floor which helped them get the W.