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PREP NOTEBOOK: Troy's senior leader gets okay from doctors to get back in action for boys bball quarterfinals WITH PHOTOS

  • Isaiah Smith will be in the lineup for the Troy Colts Tuesday night in the Class A boys basketball quarterfinals. Smith's been on the shelf since the state tournament tipped off two weeks ago with mono.

The captain is back.

After missing two weeks of the state boys basketball tournament with a bout of mononucleosis, Troy senior point guard and team captain Isaiah Smith has been cleared to return to the court this week for the Class A quarterfinals. Smith will be on the floor Tuesday when his Colts (21-4) tussle with West Bloomfield (16-8) at Calihan Hall in Troy’s first appearance in the elite eight in almost three full decades.

“Isaiah has a great work ethic, he always has a positive attitude, he’s a leader and besides being a calming influence for our offense, he can really shoot it well from outside,” said Troy head coach Gary Fralick of Smith’s return. “We missed him and we’re all thrilled to have him back and healthy.”

Getting down and dirty

While guys like Isaiah Smith and his fellow gunners in the Troy Colts backcourt, Leon Ayers and Jason Dietz, are receiving most of the headlines and fanfare, gritty post players like juniors Danny Sully and Rob Banas are doing all the dirty work needed for a long tourney run. Sully averages a double-double of 11 points and 10 rebounds per night. Banas is tough-as-nails on the block.

“Those two are pretty scrappy,” said Fralick of the pair. “They’re both hard-nosed and bring the kind of effort you can’t teach.”

Twittering away in frustration

Even though his son’s squad was taking the Hazel Park boys hoops program to heights not achieved since the 1960s, it was a rough second-half of the 2017 season for Hazel Park parent Carl Bow, Sr., the father of Vikings star guard Carl Bow. The Vikings had a benchmark of a campaign this winter, posting a co-league championship in the OAA White and a Class B district crown earlier this month. Bow, Sr., however, helped headline some of the team’s more controversial moments.

First, he was fired from being Hazel Park’s public address announcer at home games in February in the wake of a Vikings 75-58 loss to 2016 Class A state-finalist North Farmington which was cancelled with less than two minutes to go due to unruly fan behavior and an unsafe environment in the gym – the ugly incident included the Hazel Park athletic director being tossed, contact made between an official and Bow, Sr. and further contact made between that same official and a mass of charging Hazel Park fans, coaches and players as the ref was hurriedly leaving the court following the call-off.

He took to Twitter after Hazel Park fell to Detroit Northwestern Collegiate Prep in a regional semifinal last week to air some grievances.

"Congrats to Northwestern. Hazel Park was a better team. But when you sit the players that got you here. Must be a hater."

"Coaches and AD seem to have personal motives. Players win games. Egos get in the way. Free agent"

"The great thing about being a self-made man is that I can live wherever I want. I'm my own boss. Good Luck HP. I'm out."

Bow Sr. eventually deleted the final two tweets, but the first one still remains on his Twitter feed as of late Monday night.

Last Updated: 3/20/2017 10:59:24 PM EST


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