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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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Scoring leaders are updated

Posted: January 10, 2011 by Patrick Hayes in High School
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Check the Scoring Leaders tab for updated stats through last Friday’s games. A couple of guys on the rise: after a slow start to the season, Powers’ Javontae Hawkins is now averaging just above 14 per game thanks to a 20-point effort in a win over Traverse City Central on Friday and Northwestern’s Jaylen Magee had his best effort of the season, scoring 26 in a win over Goodrich Friday.

Buena Vista’s George Goodman continues to lead the pack, although his average has dipped below 30 points per game for the first time this season.

— Patrick Hayes | Great Lakes Hoops

After every season, we try to give players around Mid-Michigan some love with our postseason awards. This year, we will hand out awards for the Flint area, the Tri-Cities and Lansing. Flint is first.

Hardwood Hardware: Flint Area Edition

Most Valuable Player: Cody Campbell, senior, Swartz Creek: Campbell led the Dragons in scoring, assists and 3-point shooting percentage (44%). He’s the best ballhandler I’ve ever seen in that league and among the best players. Campbell helped turn a .500 team into a league champion. He led the league in scoring at 17.6 points per game and played several games early on with a broken wrist.

Player of the Year: Demarco Sanders, senior, Flint Powers — This award came down to two players on the same team: Sanders and fellow senior Patrick O’Brien. Sanders gets the nod, however, for emerging as one of the state’s top shooting guards after playing second fiddle for the previous two seasons. The southpaw led the Big Nine in scoring at 19.1 ppg and shot nearly 55% from the floor.

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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