MHSAA Prep Basketball - Inching Toward The Playoffs

Welcome back to my little corner of the Spartan Nation, prep sports! Basketball season is flying toward the finish of the regular season and district action will begin immediately after (March 5th). This week was interesting to say the least. After bemoaning the fact that there were so few teams to reach 100 points this season, they have been coming at me fast and furious! As we push toward the end of the season, we will get more intense play, better games, and plenty of players dreaming of the ultimate prize; raising that Michigan shaped trophy over their heads and walking off the court as winners. Something not too many players will be able to do. On that note…

Low Score of the Week

Vassar 39 Elkton-Pigeon-Bay Port 14 (53 points)

It wasn’t a good night for the Lakers of Elkton-Pigeon-Bay Port. Half of their points (seven) were scored in the first half. In the fourth quarter, the Lakers scored zero points. Nathan Greaves scored nearly half of Vassar’s points with his 15 point night. Josh Peplinski pulled down 13 rebounds in the winning effort. Jared Schuette scored five points for E-P-BP to lead his team in scoring.

High Score of the Week

Lansing Sexton 98 Jackson 77 (175 points)

I know when many of you read “Lansing Sexton,” the first thing you want to hear is about Denzel Valentine. He scored 17 and pulled down 11 rebounds in the winning effort. The leading scorer was Bryn Forbes with 22 points and 10 rebounds. Five different Sexton played scored in double figures. Leading Jackson was Jeremy Williamson with 21 points. He was followed by Tyler Oliver with 16 points. Sexton is ranked #1 in Class B by the Associated Press and #2 in Detroit Free Press’ Mick McCabe’s Super 10 rankings.

Coach Cottrell’s BLOWOUT of the Week

Au Gres-Sims 82 Oscoda 22 (60 points)

Sometimes I wonder about this part of my column. Is it right to beat up on a team who already had the snot knocked out of them? I just hope they either don’t read it, or use it as motivation to do better in the next game. For Au Gres, five of the seven players who scored made it to double digits. They were led by Brett Maser with 20 points and eight rebounds. Kyle Boensch scored 17, stole four balls, tossed six assists, and pulled down six rebounds. For Oscoda, Travis Taylor was the leading scorer for the Owls with seven points.

Welcome To The Century Club

Detroit Cesar Chavez 100 Detroit Henry Ford Academy 72

Cesar Chavez player Kevin Logan had a fantastic night. He scored 43 points, pulled down ten rebounds, and tossed 10 assists.

Harper Woods Chandler Park Academy 106 Warren Michigan Collegiate 67

Another Century Club team this week was Harper Woods Chandler Park Academy. They beat up Warren Michigan Collegiate last Friday. Robert Andrews scored 35 points in the winning effort. He was followed by Derek Walton Jr. with 25 points, ten assists, and ten steals. Teo Redding was the leading scorer for Collegiate with 14 points.

Carrollton 100 Merrill 48

Six of Carrollton’s players scored in double digits. They were led by Eddie Rogers who scored 19. He was followed by Jordan Hardy with 14 points. For the Vandals of Merrill, Reid Ott led the way with 15 points. The most interesting thing to me was the fact that it was 18-17 at the end of the first quarter. In the second half, the Cavaliers of Carrollton really turned it on offensively and clamped down on defense.

Future Spartan of the Week

Mariah Harris, PG, Kenton Ridge High School in Springfield Ohio

The 5’11” point guard from Ohio is pretty good. She is ranked the 39th best player at her position in the nation. Once she graduates in May, she will come to campus and Coach Merchant will get another very talented player to add to the squad. Last night in their game against Graham, she tossed down 15 points. Last Saturday, her Kenton Ridge team lost to Tippecanoe 72-67. In that game, she went nuts for 24 points and made four of her five free throws. Ms. Harris will be a welcomed addition to the Lady Spartan squad!