Archive for the ‘Metro League’ Category

In case you missed it, but by some wild turn of events, Lapeer East beat Flushing last night, 69-60.

Seriously.

How can a team with ZERO wins in the Flint Metro League beat Flushing, a team coming off an upset win over Flint Northwestern? That’s a game Flushing just simply cannot lose on its home floor; and that’s fine for me to say that, but overconfidence can kill a team.

This is a perfect example of why players cannot overlook ANY team on the schedule.

— By Jared Field | Great Lakes Hoops

HOLLY, Michigan — This is becoming one of the better rivalries in the area. Holly welcomed Swartz Creek into their gym last night and two and a half hours later we had a winner.

Austin Hopkin, brother of former Holly standout Lance Hopkin, found himself all alone in the corner with three seconds left in the third overtime. He swished the 3-pointer to give the Bronchos a one-point victory, 64-63.

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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.

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SWARTZ CREEK, MichiganQuin Langston will begin his career at Flint Powers tonight at 7 p.m. in a non-conference game at Swartz Creek. Langston, a 6-4 junior forward, transferred from Flint Hamady to Powers after two successful seasons under former head coach Archie Robinson.

Langston joins what, on the surface, looks like an all-star team at the high school level, with talent at every position. Langston may just be the perfect addition to the rotation for the Chargers because of his versatility.

Swartz Creek comes into the game brimming with confidence after Friday night’s drubbing of previously unbeaten Fenton. Give the Creekers credit for even scheduling this game against arguably the state’s best team, in any class.

– By Jared Field | Great Lakes Hoops

The Tigers are who we thought they were, and Swartz Creek didn’t let them off the hook.

Swartz Creek played aggressive in Friday’s showdown with state-ranked Fenton, and it caused the Tigers to fold. The physical play started by covering veteran point guard Eric Mowery the length of the court with a rotation of athletic guards. It didn’t take long for Mowery to show the typical signs of fatigue with hands on the hips and shortly thereafter hands on the knees. But the physical play didn’t stop there. (more…)

There wasn’t much on Monday’s slate of area basketball games, but the Fenton-Holly matchup seemed interesting. Fenton is once again off to an undefeated start in the Metro League, and really, Swartz Creek, Holly and maybe Kearsley are the only teams with legit shots at the league title, which was shared by Fenton and Swartz Creek last year.

Fenton won 51-48, but it was a weird game from start to finish. It was Fenton’s first win of the season that wasn’t by double-digits, so Holly played them as well as any team has so far, even if Fenton can point to the fact that Ryan Hickoff, the Metro League’s third leading scorer, missed the game because he was sick. Here were a few observations from the game: (more…)

Taron Boose transferred from Beecher to Saginaw High.

Every season there are numerous transfers that do little to change the overall complexion of the season. Then there are the impact transfers: Players who can turn average teams in contenders and contenders into world-beaters.

Soon we’ll have a more comprehensive list, but here are a few from mid-Michigan to tide you over.

Taron Boose (6-2 senior forward) from Flint Beecher to Saginaw High: It was Boose’s transfer to Saginaw and his appearance on the football team that forced the Trojans to forfeit three wins this season. He has been an impact player at Buctown since he was a freshman and it’s somewhat disappointing to see him leave. He’s a tough-nosed, undersized rebounder and scorer. Big-league hops.

Mitchel Vallie (6-4 senior forward) from Grand Blanc to Goodrich: Vallie is a very good all-around player that can score in the post and from the wing. I hope he had a really good reason to leave Grand Blanc. That team is loaded.

Rick Dent (6-0 senior guard) from Flint Southwestern to Flint Northern: Emerged in the second half of 2009 to become one of the top players in Flint. Dent is a terror going to the basket and gets buckets in bulk.

Joemar Black (6-3 senior guard) from Flint Northern to Mount Zion (North Carolina): Flint Northern loses its best athlete to Mount Zion, the prep school that Tracy McGrady made famous.

Thomas Lovachis, (6-2 senior guard) from Stockbridge to Holly: A tough, athletic and defense-minded guard who will be among the top guards in the Flint-area this season and, arguably, the top player in the Metro League.

Javontae Hawkins (6-4 sophomore wing) from Flint Beecher to Flint Powers: This, in truth, is probably the most meaningful transfer on this list. Hawkins will be the best player in Flint by the time he’s a senior, if not before. Great talent with the desire to reach his potential. Another major loss for Buctown.

— By Jared Field | Great Lakes Hoops

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Chris Hutton

Chris Hutton, one of the top players in the Flint-area as a senior in 2007-2008, led Albion to an impressive upset of no. 9-ranked Wooster over the weekend.

Hutton, a sophomore guard for the Britons, scored 16 points on 6-of-10 shooting.

Hutton saw action in only 12 games as a freshman. The Britons finished the season with an overall record of 15-11.

— By Jared Field | Great Lakes Hoops