Manchester, Milan boys win convincingly and more Tuesday results
Matt Kemner scored 22 and Nate Bossory 11 as the Manchester High School basketball team defeated Sand Creek 67-47 for its second win of the season.
"We did some good things tonight," Manchester coach Dave Arnold said. "I give the kids credit, because they could've come out tonight and laid an egg."
While the Dutch improved to 2-7 and hit 17 3-pointers to Sand Creek’s zero, Arnold said their performance could be improved upon.
"At the end of the day, we still left too much on the table at both ends for a team of our capabilities," Arnold said. "I think they know that we can be significantly better at both ends."
Will Gritzmaker scored 22 for Sand Creek (0-8).
"I think there was a sense of opportunity there," Arnold said of playing a winless team.
MILAN 71, FLAT ROCK 30
A dominant first half helped Milan (6-1, 2-1 Huron) take a 35-15 halftime lead and also allowed coach Josh Tropea a chance to get his reserves some valuable playing time.
"I thought we did a really good job of getting stops and scoring in transition early,” Tropea said.
C.J. Turnage had 20 points and 10 rebounds in the win, despite not playing most of the second half. Tropea said his team was able to use its size advantage to jump ahead and keep Flat Rock off balance on both sides of the court.
"We were considerably bigger than them and we did a good job of attacking the glass when we were missing jump shots,” Tropea said. "Our length really bothered them. We were very active defensively."
Scott Theisen led Flat Rock with nine points.
Tropea was happy to get so much playing time for his reserves who played the majority of the second half. He said it was reassuring to know that the reserves can play the same style as his starters and be effective.
"I was really proud of their effort," he said.
VANDERCOOK LAKE 59, WHITMORE LAKE 41
Vandercook Lake extended its 10-9 lead after the first quarter by outscoring Whitmore Lake 21-9 in the second.
“We really struggled in the first quarter, in particular from the outside,” Vandercook Lake coach Paul Varner said. “We tried to make some adjustments and get the ball in closer.”
Nick Nied led the Trojans (2-6) with nine points. Rory Judge and Dylan St. Charles each scored seven points.
JaVon Flowers scored a career-high 25 points for Vandercook Lake (7-1) and had 11 rebounds.
GREENHILLS 52, CALVARY CHRISTIAN 37
Greenhills coach Andrew Wright has been trying to discourage his team from relying solely on outside shooting and has worked with them on getting the ball inside for the past three days in practice.
The good news in the first quarter against Calvary Christian was that his team is listening. The bad news: Calvary Christian's 2-3 zone defense was clogging up the lanes and leaving shooters open.
Instead of taking the open looks, Greenhills tried pounding the rock inside -- as they had been practicing -- and managed to score one free throw the entire first quarter.
"The guys were focused on getting the ball inside and passed up open shots," Wright said.
Greenhills trailed 11-1 after one, but began to take (and make) more outside shots in the second and led 20-17 by the break.
In addition to making shots, Greenhills leading scorer Andrew Khouri began to attack the zone more effectively after struggling at first. Khouri finished with a game-high 30 points.
"Once we started breaking their initial pressure he was just attacking their zone," Wright said. "That's what makes him a good scorer its hard to lock up on him and take something away."
Kenny Warren led Calvary Christian with 10 points.
INKSTER 71, WILLOW RUN 44
Willow Run trailed 47-15 at halftime in the loss.
"It wasn't because they were doing something tremendous, we just turned the ball over," Flyers coach George Woods said. "We really didn't play well at all."
Woods said 14 first-quarter turnovers led to Inkster’s 27-7 lead after the opening frame.
"Our turnovers turned into transition for them. Just bad passes," he said. "Those are things we have to work on and get better at."
Willow Run outscored Inkster 29-24 in the second half.
"When we're down, we got to find a way to fight back," Woods said. "I thought we made a better effort after halftime."
WASHTENAW CHRISTIAN ACADEMY 58, RUDOLF STEINER 53
Playing in his first game, transfer student Trenton Shelby scored 15 points as Washtenaw Christian rallied from an early 13-0 hole.
"Our defense was there, our steals were there, we just couldn't put the ball in the hoop," Washtenaw Christian coach Aaron Hoesli said. "Definitely in the first half, Steiner pretty much owned us scoring-wise. They made every three they looked at."
But a couple timely 3-pointers from Shelby, plus the play of big man John Carlos Anderson, also a transfer playing his first game for the Wildcats, helped them outscore Rudolf Steiner 42-24 in the second half.
"Trenton and John Carlos ... they both are basketball as their first sport," Hoesli said. "It lessens the burden on my point guard and lessens the burden on our big men."
Mathias Donat scored 17 and Bob Clements 16 for Washtenaw Christian (4-4). Koji Vroom led Steiner (4-2) with 22 points.
"We just couldn't buy a bucket late," Storm assistant coach Eric Sproull said. "I think their pressure got to us. We wore down."
The Wildcats consistently worked the ball inside, in part because Steiner was playing with eight men, down a big man due to illness.
EASTERN WASHTENAW MULTICULTURAL ACADEMY 54, DETROIT UNIVERSAL 37
Kornelius Saxton scored 18 points and Momin Malik 15 for EWMA (4-5), which trailed 16-10 after the first quarter but dominated the rest of the game.
"From the jump, they pretty much played well besides the first quarter,” EWMA coach Jibri Taylor said. "They came out in the second quarter and responded really well."
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