Another week is in the books as the cold weather descends upon us here in Michigan. It makes you want to put on your shorts and head outside to play some ball! By outside, I really mean a gym somewhere. The only people shoveling off places to play are the dudes ice fishing and other people who want to skate/play hockey. I donâ€™t think a cold and hard basketball would bounce very well. I try dribbling in my garage as I grill (yes, Iâ€™m a winter griller!) but the ball never bounces past my knees. Before I bore you to death with my attempts to be witty, letâ€™s get to some basketball.
Thatâ€™ll Leave a Mark
Keith Appling, a star player for Detroit Pershing and MSU commit, fractured his wrist the first week of the season while attempting a fast break dunk. It was expected that heâ€™d be gone four weeks. Appling only missed four games and put up 21 points against Detroit Southwestern and 22 points against Detroit Finney in games last week.
In related news, the Doughboys beat the snot out of Detroit Denby 86-41 last night. Appling scored 32, 16 of which came in the first quarter. They led 50-24 at the half. Big man and future Spartan Derrick Nix scored 12 points and pulled down 15 boards. Denby just missed out on being Coach Cottrellâ€™s Blowout of the Week.
Coach Cottrellâ€™s Blowout of the Week
Wyoming Potterâ€™s House 74 Holland Black River 23 (51 points)
Elijah Townsend scored 20 points and Sam Cuello had 13. Black Riverâ€™s Tyler Frederick had 11, nearly half of their total. They shot terribly from the charity stripe, hitting only seven of their 21 attempts. Potterâ€™s House led 42-10 at the break. They will need to clean up their foul trouble because they had 21 on the game.
High Score of the Week
Saginaw Valley Lutheran 90 St. Charles 75 (165 points)
The Chargers of Valley Lutheran love to put pressure on opposing offenses. They utilize a full court press and love to double team. High scorer was James Rogers who had 26 points (four 3-pointers) while his teammates, Jon Weiss and Kaleb VanAmburg each had 16. St. Charles was paced by Dugan Roosaâ€™s 20. Coach Randy Rogers knows his Valley Lutheran team is young, but they have been successful at the freshman and JV levels.
Low Score of the Week
Kimball New Life Christian 31 Saginaw Arts and Sciences Academy 28
It wasnâ€™t a good day for SASA. Coach Brian estimated that his SASA team shot between 15 and 20 percent from the floor. Dâ€™Sean Phillips led the Dragons with 10 points, 14 rebounds, and four blocks.