Former Flint Hamady standout and future Mott Bear, Jalen Fykes, throws down a tip slam in the first half on Friday night. Fykes also caught an alley oop on the game’s first play. (Mike Tews photo)
FLINT, Michigan — Beecher’s all-state and state champion small forward Cedric Moten scored 24 points Friday night to lead the Black Team to victory in the 23rd annual Bruin Club Classic at Mott Community College, 116-114. The game featured 26 of the Flint area’s top graduated seniors coached by former Mott National Player of the Year, Kevin Tiggs, and former MSU standout Antonio Smith.
The packed house at the Steve Schmidt Gymnasium got their money’s worth — 230 points and double-digit dunks.
Moten did for the Black Team what he’d become known for at Beecher: he’s everywhere all at once. It’s easy to spot Moten at a moment’s notice — just find the ball.
For the Gold Team, Davison standout and future Lewis University big man Frank Vukaj was a beast offensively. He had several dunks and one impressive block on a clear out. He’s a rare bird for these parts — a skilled big man. He scored 28 points in a losing effort.
The game also featured two of the state’s highest flyers, Northwestern’s Rashad Johnson and Hamady’s Jalen Fykes. The latter actually climbed the ladder on the first possession of the game for a highlight dunk. Johnson, for his part, poured in 28 points to share game-high honors with Vukaj.
Johnson’s teammate from Northwestern, Deonte Hopkins, scored 20. Flint Southwestern’s top player, Neshua Wise, added 18. Beecher’s sharpshooter Sammy Toins scored 19 and Southwestern’s Quavon Trawick added 14.
Holly’s standout guard and future SVSU Cardinal Jake Daniels missed the game due to an illness.
Black Team: Cedric Moten
Gold Team: Frank Vukaj