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BOYS BASKETBALL: Think Ford first

Fitzgerald's Mizell Lippett takes the ball to the basket as he is surrounded by Madison's Jaylin Golson (left) and Nick Wallace. (Macomb Daily photo by Liz Carnegie)

The season-long record is not shiny, but Ford is winning the boys basketball games that count the most.

Ryan Ausbrooks scored 17 points and Bogart Lipe had 16 on Friday to lead Ford to its fourth consecutive victory, 75-68 over Roseville.

Coach Mark Bray’s Falcons are at .500 for the season with a 6-6 mark, but they have won five of six Macomb Area Conference White Division games to put themselves one-half game behind division-leading Warren-Mott.

Ford won its season opener against school-district rival Eisenhower. That MAC crossover win was a nice one for the Falcons because it came the night Ford honored Jim Barker by naming its court for the long-time coach.

Then the Falcons ran into difficulty with five consecutive losses, including four against MAC crossover opponents.

Now, they have won five of six, with the lone setback in that stretch against Warren-Mott.

Ford plays at Grosse Pointe North on Thursday to start its second time through the White’s double round-robin schedule.

Stevenson hopes to be able to put some pressure on Ford and Warren-Mott in the White Division race.

Coach Bill Lerch’s Titans have won three in a row and are 8-4 for the season, including 3-2 in the division.

Stevenson got 58 points from three players Friday in its 63-53 win over Eisenhower, a MAC Red team that had won six of eight games.

Tyler Sykes scored 20 and Darrin Futch and Brandon Hughes 19 each for the Titans, who play Grosse Pointe North on Tuesday.

Michigan coach John Beilein was in the crowd at De La Salle on Friday, watching the Pilots’ 52-50 Catholic League victory over Orchard Lake St. Mary. DLS guard A.J. Turner, who has drawn a lot of recruiting interest, scored 15 points.

Center Line has won three of five games since starting the season 0-5.

Fraser plays at Fitzgerald on Feb. 12. The Ramblers lost by one point when the teams played at Fraser earlier this MAC Blue season. That was Fraser’s only loss in its last six games.

L’Anse Creuse North has won nine games in a row. The Crusaders play Romeo (Tuesday) and Dakota (Thursday) this week.

New Haven jumps up a couple divisions in competition Thursday when the MAC Gold Rockets take on MAC White L’Anse Creuse. New Haven is 9-1 halfway through its regular season.

Richmond has won seven games in a row. The Blue Devils try to keep their streak going this week against Blue Water Area Conference rivals Algonac (Tuesday) and Imlay City (Friday).

Warren Woods-Tower’s victory over Clawson on Friday was the Titans’ eighth win in a row. The WWT-Mount Clemens game scheduled for Monday was postponed after both schools were closed because of a winter storm.

L’Anse Creuse North (Red), Warren-Mott (White), Fitzgerald (Blue) and Warren Woods-Tower (Gold) are undefeated in MAC division play.

Last Updated: 1/28/2013 7:54:05 PM EST

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