SWARTZ CREEK, Michigan — Jeremy Trent had a choice to make Tuesday night. Coming off a big win over previously unbeaten Fenton on Friday night, Swartz Creek’s head coach could have played Metro League ball with Flint Powers, one of the top teams in the state. He could have slowed the game down, sat back in a lazy man’s zone, lost by 15 called it a night.
Clearly Trent scheduled Powers to prepare his team for the rest of the season, and he didn’t change a thing about the way his team plays. The Dragons fell to Powers 92-69, but don’t be fooled by the score — this was a competitive game. Powers led by four at the half and actually trailed by six with four minutes left in the third quarter before the floodgates opened.
Led by senior forward Pierre Brackett, Powers went on an 18-0 run and led by 10 at the start of the fourth quarter. The Chargers scored almost all of their points in the quarter in transition, as is their habit, and added another 15-0 run in the fourth to put the game away.
This was the best I’d ever seen Brackett play, and I’ve seen him more than a dozen times. The kid couldn’t miss around the basket and finished with 22 points. Brackett may never get the credit he deserves. He’s just a solid, game in and game out, contributor. You can set your watch by the kid.
Seniors Vince Adams and Patrick Lucas-Perry scored 20 and 17 points, respectively. Adams is just flat-out good. I haven’t seen too many players better at taking the ball from the corner straight down the baseline and finishing. He does it two or three times every game.
Junior forward Javontae Hawkins had a couple really nice dunks and finished with 17 points. A coach from the University of Dayton was in the house to check out the 2012 prospect.
Seniors Logan Hull and Joe Seitz led Swartz Creek with 16 points apiece. Hull is a southpaw with nice touch around the basket and a knack for engulfing rebounds. Seitz, among the best spot-up shooters in Mid-Michigan, showed he could hit off the dribble as well. He hit a pull-up off the glass in the second half at an angle that you don’t often seen the glass being used.
With four minutes left in the third quarter, Swartz Creek fans really believed that they could pull the upset. The place was going crazy.
I don’t often sit in the stands for games, but I did tonight. Those folks really believe in this program, and they have every reason to. They are winning, playing meaningful games against top competition (Fenton on Friday, Powers on Tuesday) and making basketball fun again in the Metro League.
If you were to rank the top 10 most talented players in that game, eight of them would be from Powers. But talent doesn’t always tell the whole story, and that’s why I enjoy watching Trent’s teams (whether at Bentley or Swartz Creek). Those guys would run through a wall for him.
I predict that in five years there will be more teams playing like Swartz Creek (aggressive defense, creative offensive sets) than Lapeer West in the Metro League.
– By Jared Field | Great Lakes Hoops