Hit and run: Flint Powers knocks out Carman-Ainsworth in round two

Posted: January 16, 2010 by Jared Field in High School

FLINT, Michigan — Typically sports writers stop just short of calling teams out for their play, but I’ll make an exception for Friday night’s game between Flint Powers and Flint Carman-Ainsworth, two teams ranked in the top 10 in their respective classes.

Carman-Ainsworth quit in this game, giving up a 22-0 run and playing little to no defense during the entire second half.  That’s how you lose a rivalry game 78-46.

It was embarrassing and somewhat unexpected to see a team that had upset Powers just one month ago act like they didn’t really care that much. Rebounding is an effort statistic and the Chargers, despite having no player taller than 6-3, outworked C-A on the glass all game.

Powers’ three-headed monster of Patrick O’Brien, Demarco Sanders and Patrick Lucas-Perry dominated the game from start to finish. They combined for 62 of the team’s 74 points.

Patrick O’Brien was a beast, adding 13 rebounds to his game-high 24 points. O’Brien’s inability to make outside shots is what cost the Chargers the first game versus the Cavaliers. Friday night, O’Brien was filling it up from NBA range. He’s going to be a great player at the division two level. He has an offer from SVSU, but I’m certain more will come.

One bright spot for Powers was the play of sophomore Danny O’Brien. The highly undersized center scored eight pounds and threw his weight around defensively in the paint. He’s one tough customer who makes his presence felt immediately upon entering the game.

For Carman-Ainsworth there is a precious little to take away from this game. 6-4 sophomore forward Anton Wilson looked strong  in the first half, connecting on a trio of 3-pointers. As is often the case, Wilson’s makes were followed by numerous misses on poor shot selections. He finished with 15 points but scored only two in the second half.

6-0 senior point guard Glenn Cosey was held in check for most of the game and finished with 12. It was a far cry from his earlier 27-point performance versus Powers. A couple of his younger teammates, Wilson and freshman Denzel Watts, pulled the trigger early on several possessions that could have culminated in drives to the basket by Cosey. Watts, who had been averaging 11 points per game this season, was held scoreless by Sanders, who played all 32 minutes for Powers.

6-6 senior forward Dee Chapman scored 10 points and played as uninspired as I’ve ever seen him — and that’s saying something. His body language just screams: “Win, lose…whatever.” This is a game Chapman, with his size, strength and athleticism, should dominate.

There were numerous coaches from all over the country in attendance Friday night including Northwestern, Stanford and Harvard. I never realized how much Tommy Amaker looks like one of my favorite blues guitarists. They were there to watch Patrick Lucas-Perry, which surprises me a bit. I assumed those schools would throw in the towel on PLP after his offers from Michigan and Michigan State rolled in.

  1. jimbo says:

    where can the AP rankings class a,b, and c be found at?

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