Ann Arbor schools gunning for Bedford, plus other area basketball notes and leaders
Joseph Tobianski | AnnArbor.com
Pioneer, Huron and Skyline all still have a mathematical chance of taking home at least a share of the SEC Red title, with four games left to play.
But for any one of them to do it, they’ll need some help from one another.
Temperance Bedford, at 8-0 in the league, currently has a two-game lead in the standings over Pioneer and Huron and a three-game lead over Skyline with four league games remaining.
But the Kicking Mules’ schedule still includes trips to Pioneer and Huron and a home game against Skyline. So if two of the three Ann Arbor teams can win, at least one of them could have a chance at a league title.
Huron has the last crack at the Kicking Mules, so it's rooting for its two rivals until then.
“We’ve got to win out and get Bedford here and get some help,” Huron coach Waleed Samaha said Friday. “We need Pioneer or Skyline to knock them off so we’ve got a chance here on the 26th.”
All three teams came close to knocking off Bedford in their respective first chances. Skyline went to overtime after Bedford hit a late 3-pointer, Pioneer had a would-be game-winner miss the mark, and Huron led at halftime but fell by 10.
If two of those teams can reverse the outcome in the rematch, then the SEC Red could get very interesting.
“It’s conceivable we could have a four-way tie,” Skyline coach Mike Lovelace said.
Area Scoring Leaders
|Jason Houle, Gabriel Richard||16||369||23.1|
|Andrew Khouri, Greenhills||10||220||22.0|
|C.J. Turnage, Milan||16||291||18.2|
|Daquanta Brown, Willow Run||12||212||17.7|
|Mathias Donat, Washtenaw Christian||13||221||17.0|
|Reece Dils, Saline||15||243||PPG|
|Jibreel Hussein, Pioneer||15||240||PPG|
|Kamari Davis, Gabriel Richard||15||237||PPG|
|Latin Davis, Milan||16||227||PPG|
|Adrian Harrison, Arbor Preparatory||11||146||PPG|
|Jackie Oestreich, Greenhills||16||395||24.7|
|McKenna Erkfritz, Manchester||17||257||15.1|
|Taylor Manders, Manchester||17||239||14.1|
|Desiree Cougill, Pioneer||14||188||13.4|
|Zakiya Wells, Arbor Preparatory||18||239||13.3|
|Jasmine Jones, Ypsilanti||16||209||13.1|
|Riley Singleton, Chelsea||17||218||12.8|
|Dominique Foley, Lincoln||15||192||12.8|
|Nastassja Chambers, Arbor Preparatory||19||240||12.6|
|Arie Cargor, Lincoln||16||202||12.6|
Skyline girls beat the buzzer
Skyline got its first SEC win in program history Feb. 1 against Monroe.
It didn’t take long for the Eagles to record their second. And it couldn’t have come in a more exciting fashion.
Anita Vandermuelen hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer Friday night at Saline, giving the Eagles a 35-34 win that emptied the bench.
The Saline Post was on the hand and caught it all on video:
The injury bug
Two of the area’s best boys basketball teams have been hit by injuries at a bad time.
On Friday, injuries meant Ypsilanti had only seven players available, including two JV callups. The Phoenix managed to win anyway, 63-30 over Lincoln, but had to do so without starting forward Jacob Simmons.
Simmons was injured Tuesday in a loss to Pioneer, a game the Phoenix had to play without guard Janeau Joubert.
"Right now the key is staying healthy," Ypsilanti coach Steve Brooks said. "We’re fairly young, and we're still waiting for players to heal. We’ve been in pretty decent shape, so we can still play hard with the players we have.
Pioneer also has two players bitten by the injury bug. Forward Jibreel Hussein, the team’s leading scorer, and starting point guard Duane Simpson-Redmond both missed most of the fourth quarter of Pioneer’s Friday loss at Huron.
Pioneer coach Rex Stanczak said he planned to shut down the two until Thursday, and didn’t rule out them missing Friday’s game against Monroe.
Gabriel Richard in Catholic League playoffs
The Father Gabriel Richard boys will open the Catholic League playoffs Saturday, with a tough quarterfinal matchup: Warren De La Salle, 13-3 on the year and receiving votes in the Associated Press Class B poll.
The game will be played Saturday, 3 p.m. at Bloomfield Hills Marian. The winner advances to play in the tournament semifinals next Tuesday or Wednesday.
The Gabriel Richard girls competed in the Catholic League quarterfinals Saturday, falling to Farmington Hills Mercy.