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  • The dive play is alive and well not just in football but basketball, too. Just ask Stephen Opatik of L'Anse Creuse, who goes after a loose ball against East Detroit Monday night. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Jim Evans)
  • East Detroit's Aaron Springfield scored a game-high 21 points in the Shamrocks' 59-53 loss at L'Anse Creuse Monday night. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Jim Evans)
  • L'Anse Creuse beat visiting East Detroit 59-53 in a MAC Blue basketball game Monday night. (MiPrepZone photo gallery by Jim Evans)
  • L'Anse Creuse beat visiting East Detroit 59-53 in a MAC Blue basketball game Monday night. (MiPrepZone photo gallery by Jim Evans)
  • L'Anse Creuse beat visiting East Detroit 59-53 in a MAC Blue basketball game Monday night. (MiPrepZone photo gallery by Jim Evans)
  • L'Anse Creuse beat visiting East Detroit 59-53 in a MAC Blue basketball game Monday night. (MiPrepZone photo gallery by Jim Evans)
  • L'Anse Creuse beat visiting East Detroit 59-53 in a MAC Blue basketball game Monday night. (MiPrepZone photo gallery by Jim Evans)
  • L'Anse Creuse beat visiting East Detroit 59-53 in a MAC Blue basketball game Monday night. (MiPrepZone photo gallery by Jim Evans)
  • L'Anse Creuse beat visiting East Detroit 59-53 in a MAC Blue basketball game Monday night. (MiPrepZone photo gallery by Jim Evans)
  • L'Anse Creuse beat visiting East Detroit 59-53 in a MAC Blue basketball game Monday night. (MiPrepZone photo gallery by Jim Evans)
  • L'Anse Creuse beat visiting East Detroit 59-53 in a MAC Blue basketball game Monday night. (MiPrepZone photo gallery by Jim Evans)
  • L'Anse Creuse beat visiting East Detroit 59-53 in a MAC Blue basketball game Monday night. (MiPrepZone photo gallery by Jim Evans)
  • L'Anse Creuse beat visiting East Detroit 59-53 in a MAC Blue basketball game Monday night. (MiPrepZone photo gallery by Jim Evans)
  • L'Anse Creuse beat visiting East Detroit 59-53 in a MAC Blue basketball game Monday night. (MiPrepZone photo gallery by Jim Evans)
  • L'Anse Creuse beat visiting East Detroit 59-53 in a MAC Blue basketball game Monday night. (MiPrepZone photo gallery by Jim Evans)
  • L'Anse Creuse beat visiting East Detroit 59-53 in a MAC Blue basketball game Monday night. (MiPrepZone photo gallery by Jim Evans)
  • L'Anse Creuse beat visiting East Detroit 59-53 in a MAC Blue basketball game Monday night. (MiPrepZone photo gallery by Jim Evans)
  • L'Anse Creuse beat visiting East Detroit 59-53 in a MAC Blue basketball game Monday night. (MiPrepZone photo gallery by Jim Evans)
  • L'Anse Creuse beat visiting East Detroit 59-53 in a MAC Blue basketball game Monday night. (MiPrepZone photo gallery by Jim Evans)
  • L'Anse Creuse beat visiting East Detroit 59-53 in a MAC Blue basketball game Monday night. (MiPrepZone photo gallery by Jim Evans)
  • L'Anse Creuse beat visiting East Detroit 59-53 in a MAC Blue basketball game Monday night. (MiPrepZone photo gallery by Jim Evans)
  • L'Anse Creuse beat visiting East Detroit 59-53 in a MAC Blue basketball game Monday night. (MiPrepZone photo gallery by Jim Evans)
  • L'Anse Creuse beat visiting East Detroit 59-53 in a MAC Blue basketball game Monday night. (MiPrepZone photo gallery by Jim Evans)
  • L'Anse Creuse beat visiting East Detroit 59-53 in a MAC Blue basketball game Monday night. (MiPrepZone photo gallery by Jim Evans)
  • L'Anse Creuse beat visiting East Detroit 59-53 in a MAC Blue basketball game Monday night. (MiPrepZone photo gallery by Jim Evans)
  • L'Anse Creuse beat visiting East Detroit 59-53 in a MAC Blue basketball game Monday night. (MiPrepZone photo gallery by Jim Evans)
  • L'Anse Creuse beat visiting East Detroit 59-53 in a MAC Blue basketball game Monday night. (MiPrepZone photo gallery by Jim Evans)
  • L'Anse Creuse beat visiting East Detroit 59-53 in a MAC Blue basketball game Monday night. (MiPrepZone photo gallery by Jim Evans)
  • L'Anse Creuse beat visiting East Detroit 59-53 in a MAC Blue basketball game Monday night. (MiPrepZone photo gallery by Jim Evans)
  • L'Anse Creuse beat visiting East Detroit 59-53 in a MAC Blue basketball game Monday night. (MiPrepZone photo gallery by Jim Evans)
  • L'Anse Creuse beat visiting East Detroit 59-53 in a MAC Blue basketball game Monday night. (MiPrepZone photo gallery by Jim Evans)
  • L'Anse Creuse beat visiting East Detroit 59-53 in a MAC Blue basketball game Monday night. (MiPrepZone photo gallery by Jim Evans)
  • L'Anse Creuse beat visiting East Detroit 59-53 in a MAC Blue basketball game Monday night. (MiPrepZone photo gallery by Jim Evans)
  • L'Anse Creuse beat visiting East Detroit 59-53 in a MAC Blue basketball game Monday night. (MiPrepZone photo gallery by Jim Evans)
  • L'Anse Creuse beat visiting East Detroit 59-53 in a MAC Blue basketball game Monday night. (MiPrepZone photo gallery by Jim Evans)
  • L'Anse Creuse beat visiting East Detroit 59-53 in a MAC Blue basketball game Monday night. (MiPrepZone photo gallery by Jim Evans)
  • L'Anse Creuse beat visiting East Detroit 59-53 in a MAC Blue basketball game Monday night. (MiPrepZone photo gallery by Jim Evans)
  • L'Anse Creuse beat visiting East Detroit 59-53 in a MAC Blue basketball game Monday night. (MiPrepZone photo gallery by Jim Evans)
  • L'Anse Creuse beat visiting East Detroit 59-53 in a MAC Blue basketball game Monday night. (MiPrepZone photo gallery by Jim Evans)
  • L'Anse Creuse beat visiting East Detroit 59-53 in a MAC Blue basketball game Monday night. (MiPrepZone photo gallery by Jim Evans)
  • L'Anse Creuse beat visiting East Detroit 59-53 in a MAC Blue basketball game Monday night. (MiPrepZone photo gallery by Jim Evans)
  • L'Anse Creuse beat visiting East Detroit 59-53 in a MAC Blue basketball game Monday night. (MiPrepZone photo gallery by Jim Evans)
  • L'Anse Creuse beat visiting East Detroit 59-53 in a MAC Blue basketball game Monday night. (MiPrepZone photo gallery by Jim Evans)
  • L'Anse Creuse beat visiting East Detroit 59-53 in a MAC Blue basketball game Monday night. (MiPrepZone photo gallery by Jim Evans)
  • L'Anse Creuse beat visiting East Detroit 59-53 in a MAC Blue basketball game Monday night. (MiPrepZone photo gallery by Jim Evans)
  • L'Anse Creuse beat visiting East Detroit 59-53 in a MAC Blue basketball game Monday night. (MiPrepZone photo gallery by Jim Evans)
  • L'Anse Creuse beat visiting East Detroit 59-53 in a MAC Blue basketball game Monday night. (MiPrepZone photo gallery by Jim Evans)
  • L'Anse Creuse beat visiting East Detroit 59-53 in a MAC Blue basketball game Monday night. (MiPrepZone photo gallery by Jim Evans)
  • L'Anse Creuse beat visiting East Detroit 59-53 in a MAC Blue basketball game Monday night. (MiPrepZone photo gallery by Jim Evans)
  • L'Anse Creuse beat visiting East Detroit 59-53 in a MAC Blue basketball game Monday night. (MiPrepZone photo gallery by Jim Evans)
  • L'Anse Creuse beat visiting East Detroit 59-53 in a MAC Blue basketball game Monday night. (MiPrepZone photo gallery by Jim Evans)
  • L'Anse Creuse beat visiting East Detroit 59-53 in a MAC Blue basketball game Monday night. (MiPrepZone photo gallery by Jim Evans)
  • L'Anse Creuse beat visiting East Detroit 59-53 in a MAC Blue basketball game Monday night. (MiPrepZone photo gallery by Jim Evans)
  • L'Anse Creuse beat visiting East Detroit 59-53 in a MAC Blue basketball game Monday night. (MiPrepZone photo gallery by Jim Evans)
  • L'Anse Creuse beat visiting East Detroit 59-53 in a MAC Blue basketball game Monday night. (MiPrepZone photo gallery by Jim Evans)
  • L'Anse Creuse beat visiting East Detroit 59-53 in a MAC Blue basketball game Monday night. (MiPrepZone photo gallery by Jim Evans)
  • L'Anse Creuse beat visiting East Detroit 59-53 in a MAC Blue basketball game Monday night. (MiPrepZone photo gallery by Jim Evans)
  • L'Anse Creuse beat visiting East Detroit 59-53 in a MAC Blue basketball game Monday night. (MiPrepZone photo gallery by Jim Evans)
  • L'Anse Creuse beat visiting East Detroit 59-53 in a MAC Blue basketball game Monday night. (MiPrepZone photo gallery by Jim Evans)
  • L'Anse Creuse beat visiting East Detroit 59-53 in a MAC Blue basketball game Monday night. (MiPrepZone photo gallery by Jim Evans)
  • L'Anse Creuse beat visiting East Detroit 59-53 in a MAC Blue basketball game Monday night. (MiPrepZone photo gallery by Jim Evans)
  • L'Anse Creuse beat visiting East Detroit 59-53 in a MAC Blue basketball game Monday night. (MiPrepZone photo gallery by Jim Evans)
  • L'Anse Creuse beat visiting East Detroit 59-53 in a MAC Blue basketball game Monday night. (MiPrepZone photo gallery by Jim Evans)
  • L'Anse Creuse beat visiting East Detroit 59-53 in a MAC Blue basketball game Monday night. (MiPrepZone photo gallery by Jim Evans)
  • L'Anse Creuse beat visiting East Detroit 59-53 in a MAC Blue basketball game Monday night. (MiPrepZone photo gallery by Jim Evans)
  • L'Anse Creuse beat visiting East Detroit 59-53 in a MAC Blue basketball game Monday night. (MiPrepZone photo gallery by Jim Evans)
  • L'Anse Creuse beat visiting East Detroit 59-53 in a MAC Blue basketball game Monday night. (MiPrepZone photo gallery by Jim Evans)
  • L'Anse Creuse beat visiting East Detroit 59-53 in a MAC Blue basketball game Monday night. (MiPrepZone photo gallery by Jim Evans)
  • L'Anse Creuse beat visiting East Detroit 59-53 in a MAC Blue basketball game Monday night. (MiPrepZone photo gallery by Jim Evans)
  • L'Anse Creuse beat visiting East Detroit 59-53 in a MAC Blue basketball game Monday night. (MiPrepZone photo gallery by Jim Evans)
  • L'Anse Creuse beat visiting East Detroit 59-53 in a MAC Blue basketball game Monday night. (MiPrepZone photo gallery by Jim Evans)
  • L'Anse Creuse beat visiting East Detroit 59-53 in a MAC Blue basketball game Monday night. (MiPrepZone photo gallery by Jim Evans)
  • L'Anse Creuse beat visiting East Detroit 59-53 in a MAC Blue basketball game Monday night. (MiPrepZone photo gallery by Jim Evans)
  • L'Anse Creuse beat visiting East Detroit 59-53 in a MAC Blue basketball game Monday night. (MiPrepZone photo gallery by Jim Evans)
  • L'Anse Creuse beat visiting East Detroit 59-53 in a MAC Blue basketball game Monday night. (MiPrepZone photo gallery by Jim Evans)
  • L'Anse Creuse beat visiting East Detroit 59-53 in a MAC Blue basketball game Monday night. (MiPrepZone photo gallery by Jim Evans)
  • L'Anse Creuse beat visiting East Detroit 59-53 in a MAC Blue basketball game Monday night. (MiPrepZone photo gallery by Jim Evans)
  • L'Anse Creuse beat visiting East Detroit 59-53 in a MAC Blue basketball game Monday night. (MiPrepZone photo gallery by Jim Evans)
  • L'Anse Creuse beat visiting East Detroit 59-53 in a MAC Blue basketball game Monday night. (MiPrepZone photo gallery by Jim Evans)
  • L'Anse Creuse beat visiting East Detroit 59-53 in a MAC Blue basketball game Monday night. (MiPrepZone photo gallery by Jim Evans)
  • L'Anse Creuse beat visiting East Detroit 59-53 in a MAC Blue basketball game Monday night. (MiPrepZone photo gallery by Jim Evans)
  • L'Anse Creuse beat visiting East Detroit 59-53 in a MAC Blue basketball game Monday night. (MiPrepZone photo gallery by Jim Evans)
  • L'Anse Creuse beat visiting East Detroit 59-53 in a MAC Blue basketball game Monday night. (MiPrepZone photo gallery by Jim Evans)
  • L'Anse Creuse beat visiting East Detroit 59-53 in a MAC Blue basketball game Monday night. (MiPrepZone photo gallery by Jim Evans)
  • L'Anse Creuse beat visiting East Detroit 59-53 in a MAC Blue basketball game Monday night. (MiPrepZone photo gallery by Jim Evans)
  • L'Anse Creuse beat visiting East Detroit 59-53 in a MAC Blue basketball game Monday night. (MiPrepZone photo gallery by Jim Evans)
  • L'Anse Creuse beat visiting East Detroit 59-53 in a MAC Blue basketball game Monday night. (MiPrepZone photo gallery by Jim Evans)
  • L'Anse Creuse beat visiting East Detroit 59-53 in a MAC Blue basketball game Monday night. (MiPrepZone photo gallery by Jim Evans)
  • L'Anse Creuse beat visiting East Detroit 59-53 in a MAC Blue basketball game Monday night. (MiPrepZone photo gallery by Jim Evans)
  • L'Anse Creuse beat visiting East Detroit 59-53 in a MAC Blue basketball game Monday night. (MiPrepZone photo gallery by Jim Evans)
  • L'Anse Creuse beat visiting East Detroit 59-53 in a MAC Blue basketball game Monday night. (MiPrepZone photo gallery by Jim Evans)
  • L'Anse Creuse beat visiting East Detroit 59-53 in a MAC Blue basketball game Monday night. (MiPrepZone photo gallery by Jim Evans)
  • L'Anse Creuse beat visiting East Detroit 59-53 in a MAC Blue basketball game Monday night. (MiPrepZone photo gallery by Jim Evans)
  • L'Anse Creuse beat visiting East Detroit 59-53 in a MAC Blue basketball game Monday night. (MiPrepZone photo gallery by Jim Evans)
  • L'Anse Creuse beat visiting East Detroit 59-53 in a MAC Blue basketball game Monday night. (MiPrepZone photo gallery by Jim Evans)
  • L'Anse Creuse beat visiting East Detroit 59-53 in a MAC Blue basketball game Monday night. (MiPrepZone photo gallery by Jim Evans)
  • L'Anse Creuse beat visiting East Detroit 59-53 in a MAC Blue basketball game Monday night. (MiPrepZone photo gallery by Jim Evans)
  • L'Anse Creuse beat visiting East Detroit 59-53 in a MAC Blue basketball game Monday night. (MiPrepZone photo gallery by Jim Evans)
  • L'Anse Creuse beat visiting East Detroit 59-53 in a MAC Blue basketball game Monday night. (MiPrepZone photo gallery by Jim Evans)
  • L'Anse Creuse beat visiting East Detroit 59-53 in a MAC Blue basketball game Monday night. (MiPrepZone photo gallery by Jim Evans)

East Detroit's Aaron Springfield scores 21 against Lancers

First impressions can be deceiving.

When it was time to warm up, East Detroit came onto the court at L’Anse Creuse with only seven players on its boys basketball team.

That makes for a mighty slim margin of error.

East Detroit coach Jim Reed had intentionally thinned his roster due to bad grades and bad behavior.

“Our kids saw that East Detroit only had seven players. They knew that East Detroit was winless. I think they thought things were going to be easy,” said George Woods, the L’Anse Creuse coach.

While his Lancers did prevail 59-53 in a MAC Blue Division game Monday, things definitely were not easy.

Afterwards, Woods and Reed had decidedly different perspective on the performances of their teams.

“We didn’t come out with any energy at all,” Woods said. “Even though we were up double figures early, we didn’t play well. I’ve been building this program for four years and we are doing some pretty good things.

“We’ve got a real good group this year. We have a young team. I only have four seniors and only one of them plays much. We feed off of Jaylen Blackwell. He, and Da’Vion Moore, our big fellow, are key players.”

Blackwell is a junior guard. He finished with 12 points. Scoring eight were Moore, Lee Kennedy Jr., and DaShawn Mills, a junior forward. Kennedy is a senior guard. Freshman guard Jordan Johnson scored six.

“We didn’t play well at all,” Reed said. “We are a way better team than we showed tonight. Still, I tried to be encouraging with them. We have until Friday to look at film and decide what we have to work on.”

The Lancers take on Anchor Bay on Friday. East Detroit, which is winless, takes on Fitzgerald.

“We played with heart,” said Reed. “I have never been more proud of a team that lost. We played with seven guys and they were exhausted. Do you know what, this is what I was talking about, just the idea of going with the kids that we have and not worrying about all the other distractions like grades and other things.

“For us to compete and have a chance to win, that is where I want us to be all of the time. (Aaron) Springfield put us on his back again.

Springfield led all scorers with 21 points.

“That is a normal night for him. The kids follow his lead. He plays hard and they see it. They try to match his intensity and they did it tonight.”

L’Anse Creuse raised its record to 2-0 in the division and 4-3 overall. East Detroit is 0-2, 0-7.

Last Updated: 1/9/2017 10:37:38 PM EST


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