GAC clash: Goodrich blasts Beecher

Posted: January 5, 2010 by Gavin Raath in High School

By Gavin Raath

Tuesday’s GAC match-up went downhill for Beecher right after freshman Monte Morris opened the game with a lay-up. 

Goodrich had too much size and athleticism, and made it difficult for the Bucs to find any easy baskets.  On the other end, the three-ball was alive and well for the Martians as they built up an insurmountable lead.

Goodrich seems tough at every spot.  It all starts with Andrew Patrick, a recent Concordia commit.  He’s a big lefty guard that is comfortable pushing the pace and is at his best attacking the rim. 

Perhaps the most talented Martian is Grand Blanc transfer Mitchel Vallie.  Vallie at around 6’4″, is extremely versatile.  He defended at almost every spot tonight and scored inside and out.  Nice three-ball, good control going to the rim — he’ll play at the next level for sure. 

A couple more talented Martians are Carter Goetz, Trevor Lucus and Derek Warner.  Juniors Goetz and Lucus, at 6’5″ and 6’6″ each, offer the team a lot of different looks with their versatility.  Senior Warner, at a bulky 6’4″, offers the same.  He was tough around the hoop, then knocked down a pair of deep threes, but my gosh is that form hard to watch. 

Sophomore Luke Hildebrand is a tough hard-nosed forward that will do the dirty work while the finesse guys run inside and out. 

I thought Goodrich would miss Joe Boisture after his transfer to Saline last season, but they seem to be doing just fine. 

I can’t say that same for Beecher though.  Their two best players for this season, Taron Boose and Javonte Hawkins, both transferred leaving this team without a potent scorer. 

The defense and ball-handling is all there for the Bucs, but they struggle putting the ball in the cup.  Sophomore Antawn Burks showed some scoring acumen last year, but he was pulled early and often Tuesday night. 

Beecher’s top two players were 5’9″ freshman Monte Morris and 6’2″ senior D’Marius Houston. 

Morris plays with a lot of poise for the position and gave Patrick some trouble on defense.  He’s going to be one of the best point guards Beecher has had in a long time.  Better than Janero Walker, Kirby Johnson or D’Paul Nokes. 

I love Houston’s game.  This kid has some of the quickest hands in the state.  He’s a terror on d’ and swatted way too many shots for a guy giving up an average of three inches per match-up.  His skill is a little lacking, but his athleticism makes him a threat on both ends.  If basketball isn’t in the seniors future, then I could see him being a killer defensive back or receiver in football. 

But don’t close the book on Beecher’s season just yet.  Every year, they looks rough starting out, then before long they make a run at the Breslin.  This season that possibility seems like more of a reach than ever, but I think I’ve said that before.

  1. Dean Oakwood says:

    What defenses are Goodrich and Beecher running?

    I wanted to go to the game but the roads were too slick.

    I saw Goodrich last year and they ran several zone defenses with some full court pressure. They could mess around with zone defenses knowing that their man to man was so tough. Losing Bobby Short would hurt their man D. Sounds like they have some great size to pack it in and rebound.

    Is Beecher still trapping all over the place? Both teams play such great defense…I’m suprised the score was that high tonight.

  2. Hmmm…interesting result…Beecher seems to be regressing a bit…

    • IT IS WHAT IT IS says:


      • Jared Field says:

        Sure seems like it.

        They’d beaten every team they had played by an average of 30+ points. This was their first road test and they failed miserably.

        One concern for Hamady is this: How are they going to get better after an ugly loss by playing their conference schedule?

        That’s one of the advantages of being independent I guess.

    • Hoops24 says:

      I was at the game and don’t think that Beecher is regressing. This Goodrich team has stacked their schedule the last 2 years and is just way better than Beecher. They nearly beat Pontiac over the Holidays (lost by 2) and if they didn’t get knocked out by Breslin bound Powers the last 2 years, they would have made a deep playoff run with these same players. The Mitchel Vallie transfer from GB may be the answer they needed to get by Powers this year…. that is still a tall order for a GAC team though!

      • Marcellus Miller says:

        Okay Hoops24, I can understand that, but for the team’s leading two scorers to put up a 9 point total to a team that they were “ranked” just a bit behind is not a bit of a regression? Did I mention the 9 came from one player? But ok, maybe I’m wrong here…

  3. The Ball says:

    They should be the last team on the list or they shouldn’t be on the list at all.

    Everyone talking how good they are and they seen the real them tonight. I just can’t see where good come from with Hamady it.

  4. Jared Field says:

    So how is Lucus going to pan out? I watched him a couple times last season and during the AAU season and have come away really impressed with his all-around game.

    Has he bulked up at all?

    • Hoops24 says:

      Lucus has not got it going yet this year. In fact, he seems disinterested when he is in the game. I don’t think he has scored 10 points all year…. lost his starting job to Charlie Goetz who has really stepped up.

  5. Marcus says:

    Romel Morgan is makin a name for hiself out there in “otisville lakeville” avg 14 pts a game. Should be one of the 3 pt leaders in the division w/18 !

  6. marcus says:

    If you hadnt seen the kid play I wouldn’t be sayin to muchh….we all know he playedd for a crappy put somewhere like a powers,goodrich,or n-dub he’d easily be heard of..once kid avg 14 ppg and led his conference in 3’s ..Lakeville is not a basketball reconized school

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