There were a couple big games on Tuesday night, with a few more coming on Friday. Here are a few highlights:
Grand Blanc senior forward David Battle scored 22 points to lead Grand Blanc to an overtime victory over Carman-Ainsworth. The Cavaliers have more talent that Grand Blanc, so major kudos to the Bobcats’ head coach Chris Belcher for pulling the upset. The first time I saw Battle play was before his sophomore year at Grand Blanc. He had some guard skill for a big man (he was 6-foot-6 at the time), but he lacked the strength to really compete down low. It’s great to see him developing into a legitimate inside-outside threat. He’s also a well-rounded and kind young man. D-3 schools should be all over him.
Carman-Ainsworth continues to underwhelm. Once again I feel foolish for ranking them so high to start the season (I had them ranked as the second-best team in the area to start). Denzel Watts scored 19 in the first half for the Cavaliers, but only four in the second half and overtime.
Fenton seniors Cory Cox and Eric Readman combined to score 46 points as the Tigers blew out Clio. This act will be replayed throughout the Flint Metro League all season long. Get used to it. The Tigers may get the Metro League title by default this season.
It was not a surprise to see Flint Beecher blow out Flint Northern. The Bucs are the best team in class B while the Vikings will try to scrape together wins with unproven talent. Monte Morris, our top-ranked player for 2012-13, led all scorers with 22. Senior forward Markell Lucas, a Brahma Bull with some guard skill, scored 13 points in his first game back from achilles injury suffered early in the AAU season.
More surprising even than the Grand Blanc win was Lapeer West’s two-point win over Davison. Senior point guard Cullen Turcyzn led the Panthers with 13. West played the game without the services of surefire first-team all-leaguer 6-3 senior Zeshawn Parker-Jones.
Finally, Holly’s young Bronchos were shot down by Flint Kearsley. I’ll call this an upset based on what Kearsley lost last season (Adas, Nagy, Jarrett, etc. ), but take one good look at Holly’s roster and you won’t find much experience. The top scorers for Holly in this game were Kyle Woodruff, a sharpshooting freshman (22), and Morgan Baylis, an athletic sophomore wing who can defend (14). David Sredich, Kearsley deep threat, led the Hornets with 16.