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BIRMINGHAM – These guys belong in a hardware store, not shining on the hardwood.

Birmingham Brother Rice’s backcourt this winter on the boys basketball floor is the definition of nails tough.

Senior guards Dominic Downs, Davis Feldman, Nick Bielke and Ryan Jordan simply out-grind the competition. They each play with tons of heart, grit and determination.

That blood-and-guts mentality was fully displayed Tuesday night in the Warriors 58-53 upending of state-power Detroit U-D Jesuit.

Jordan hit the game-winning shot Tuesday. Downs buried a game-tying 3 in the fourth and connected on a pair of contest-clinch free throws. Feldman made a number of clutch hoops and Bielke set the tempo at the point, controlling things and directing traffic up top for his squad, holding his own in his head-to-head match-up with U-D Jesuit’s All-American candidate of a floor general, Cassius Winston.

"Those guys are as tough as they come, they're experience is a huge factor for us," said Brother Rice head coach Ed Shaffer of his senior guard contingent. "We're starting to click as a team right now and they're a major reason why."

Following Tuesday's victory, Shaffer's Warriors improve to 11-4 on the season.

Feldman and Downs are two of the most underrated multi-sport athletes in the area. Both also star on the school's baseball team. While Downs is headed to play hoops in college at most likely the Division 3 or NAIA level, Feldman is signed to play on the diamond (SS-RHP) at Eastern Michigan.

"Sometimes we take a backseat in the headlines, but that just motivates us and makes us go 110 percent at all times to try and get our due," said Feldman of the mindset him and Downs share graduating in a class at Brother Rice with Michigan football-signees Alex Malzone and Grant Perry and Kentucky baseball-signee Nick Plummer, projected a first-round pick in this June's MLB Draft. "We like playing with a chip on our shoulders."

For right now, the pair are just focused on wrapping up their senior season on the hardwood in style.

"We believe in ourselves and we believe in each other, when we play our game we can beat anyone." Downs said.

Last Updated: 2/11/2015 1:45:39 AM EST


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