Posts Tagged ‘Thomas Lovachis’

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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By Gavin Raath

SWARTZ CREEK, Michigan — Someone asked me at the start of the Holly/Swartz Creek game on Friday night, “why did you come to this game?”  I chuckled in response, but wanted to say to that Holly fan, “because I think Creek wins this one.”

Holly is without two key transfers in Thomas Lovachis and Josh Fugate, but should have been the favorite in this game.  But at home, and with its new coach Jeremy Trent looking to send a message against the conference’s best, I had hunch it would go another way.

After a low scoring game that saw Creek outscore Holly the last three quarters to secure the win, I would say Coach Trent’s message was received — and the Metro had better serve notice. (more…)

Thomas Lovachis is a 6-1 senior guard transfer at Holly High School in northern Oakland County.

Great Lakes Hoops: Describe your playing career up to this point for our readers who may never have heard of you.

Thomas Lovachis: I’ve been on varsity from my freshman year over at Stockbridge. I was the leading scorer all three years, averaged 11, 14, and 16 points per game. I played with Common Bond (travel team) after my sophomore year, then with OAA Select after my junior year. I only played those two years, and wished i would of got involved with AAU a lot sooner because that was probably some of the best times I will have in life.

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Here’s my list of top 15 players in the Flint area for 2009-10. I had decided to do 10 players, but there’s too much talent here for so few.

It’s early, but these are my guys:

1.) Patrick O’Brien, Senior, Flint Powers: All-around, he’s just the best.
2.) Patrick Lucas-Perry, Junior, Flint Powers: Great floor general.
3.) Glenn Cosey, Senior, Flint Carman-Ainsworth: Tough lead guard hampered by stodgy C-A offense.
4.) Shaq Smith, junior, Flint Northern: Mostly unguardable.
5.) William Sams, Senior, Montrose (transfer): Gets better every time I see him. I could see him scoring 20+ per game in the GAC Blue.
The Metro's best player?

The Metro's best? Or will his new teammates outshine him?

The Flint Metro League has always been a bit of a wasteland for subpar class A schools.  If you can’t hack it in a regular conference, then move to the Metro like Swartz Creek, Clio and Kearsley [and for heaven’s sake don’t let competitive teams like Grand Blanc and Davison follow].

What develops is some of the worst basketball you can imagine.  Point guards that look down when they dribble, undersized posts, and disastrous open court situations.  I’ve often been to Metro games, asking myself could this really be A basketball?  This is the way it has always seemed: subtract any team’s best player, and you may as well be watching a team from the GAC or class D.

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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