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West Bloomfield & Troy loading up for war, pair of OAA squads ready to square off in Class A Quarterfinals at Calihan WITH PHOTO GALLERY

  • West Bloomfield has caught fire at the right time. The Lakers went 12-8 in the regular season, but nasty non-conference and league schedules have honed them for battle in the state tournament. Next up for the "Lake Show" is a date at Calihan Hall Tuesday in the Class A quarterfinals versus fellow OAA club Troy.

The Class A boys basketball quarterfinal between West Bloomfield and Troy, an all-Oakland County showdown for the chance to head to the Breslin Center, should be a dandy. The two teams will clash Tuesday at Calihan Hall at 7:00 p.m. with a ticket to the final four on the line.

Both clubs compete out of the Oakland Activities Association. West Bloomfield (16-8) plays in the OAA Red, the league’s top division. Troy (21-4) is the co-champ from the lower OAA White.

Riding an 11-game win streak into the quarterfinals, Troy hasn’t lost since facing West Bloomfield in a mid-season OAA crossover – a contest which saw West Bloomfield walk away with a slim 64-61 win on the road. West Bloomfield is coming off surviving a brutally-tough regional last week, where they had to rally late to knock off an upset-minded Howell squad 59-51 in the semifinals and then squeaked by Novi 67-66 in double overtime in the regional championship game on senior guard Kevin McAdoo’s lay-in as time expired.

“We had a real battle last month over at their place and we expect the same when we see them on Tuesday,” West Bloomfield head coach Jeremy Denha said. “Troy is a very good team, we’re going to have to be ready to go and I know we will be.”

The last time West Bloomfield went to the quarterfinals was in 2003. Troy last trekked there in 1989.

“This has been a great ride,” said Troy head coach Gary Fralick of the Colts’ current tournament run. “We’re having a lot of fun, enjoying every moment of this experience. The whole community is hyped. There’s a lot of pride around here for this basketball team and this basketball team really believes in itself.”

Troy’s junior backcourt of Leon Ayers and Jason Dietz has been firing on all cylinders all season long. McAdoo is pumping in 31 points per game in tournament action for suddenly-hot West Bloomfield.

“Those guys (West Bloomfield) play incredibly hard, we’re going to have to dig in and play smart defensively and hit the glass and rebound to limit their second-chance opportunities,” said Fralick looking ahead to Tuesday’s match-up.

The OAA love fest may continue on into the final four at the Breslin Center in East Lansing, as the winner of Tuesday's game could get Clarkston in the semifinals. Outright champions out of the OAA Red this year, Clarkston (24-1) locks horns with Saginaw in another quarterfinal Tuesday hosted at Davison High School.

Last Updated: 3/20/2017 1:58:44 AM EST


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