Madison Heights Bishop Foley's Deandre' Jackson (23) attempts to make a behind the back pass in front of Waterford Our Lady of the Lakes defender Clay Senerius during the Catholic League C-D Championship game at University of Detroit Mercy's Calihan Hall Sunday. (Special to The Oakland Press/LARRY McKEE)
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BOYS BASKETBALL: Bishop Foley wins third straight Catholic League C-D title
Our Lady of the Lakes' Jake Doetsch (13) drives to the basket after getting past Bishop Foley defenders Gary Perry (left) and Nick Pepin (22) Sunday. The Ventures beat the Lakers, 68-50. (Special to The Oakland Press/LARRY McKEE)
Bishop Foley's Gary Perry battles for the ball with two Lakes defenders Sunday. (Special to The Oakland Press/LARRY McKEE)
Our Lady's Nick Robak fires up a shot during his team's loss to Bishop Foley Sunday afternoon. (Special to The Oakland Press/LARRY McKEE)
DETROIT – The first two were somewhat surprising given there was star power and plenty of experience.
But this third straight Catholic League C-D championship for Madison Heights Bishop Foley?
Somebody probably would’ve won a lot a money if they would’ve bet on that at the start of the season, or for that matter, when the league tournament began last weekend.
The Ventures began practice last November having lost most of its scoring and rebounding production from last year due to graduation (namely Corey Green and Mike Oravetz), finished fourth in the AA Division during the regular season and entered Sunday with an 8-10 record.
But none of that was on Bishop Foley’s mind at all after the Ventures hoisted their third straight CHSL C-D championship trophy following a 68-50 win over fellow Oakland County foe Waterford Our Lady of the Lakes at Calihan Hall on Sunday.
“I think that we knew we had a young team and we needed some experience,” Bishop Foley head coach Marc West said. “I think we also knew we had some talent and some size. I can’t say we expected to be here but it was certainly a goal.”
Bishop Foley (9-10) got it done thanks mostly to a balanced offensive attack and some hot shooting from behind the 3-point line in the first half.
The Ventures made five shots from behind the 3-point line in the first half, three of which came during a 12-0 run late in the first half that helped Bishop Foley turn a 27-26 deficit into a 38-27 lead.
Bishop Foley didn’t slow down in the third steadily kept growing its lead from there, leading by as many as 17 points in the third quarter and by 20 late in the fourth quarter before both teams emptied their benches.
The Ventures proved to be hard to guard because, well, so many players produced. Seven different players scored at least seven points for Bishop Foley, led by 13 points from junior forward Justin Paprocki, 11 points from senior point guard DeAndre Jackson and 10 points from sophomore center Gary Perry.
“We’ve done a good job this year growing up and going after what the defense gives us,” said West, who praised Jackson for the way he distributed the ball and got everyone else on the team involved. “In this game, they really packed it in and guarded DeAndre real well. The corners were open and we took advantage of some of those 3-point shots.”
Senior center Garrett Ross scored 23 points to lead the way for the Lakers (11-8), who couldn’t duplicate the same offensive execution they had on Wednesday in a surprising upset of Detroit Loyola in a semifinal game.
Loyola finished first this season in the AA Division and was the heavy favorite going into the tournament before the Lakers pulled off the upset and advanced to Calihan.
“It was a big game for us,” WOLL head coach Sean Wightman said. “I just think they didn’t want to make mistakes and one mistake led to another one. I think we were kind of happy we got here. We didn’t execute on offense like we typically like to do. We shot some shots a little quick and got behind and then we had to play a little different.”
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MADISON HEIGHTS BISHOP FOLEY 68, WATERFORD OUR LADY OF THE LAKES 50
FOLEY – Nick Gwisdalla 4 1-2 9; Steven Carey 1 (2) 8; Tony Kmiecik (3) 9; Antonio Capaldi 1 (1) 2-2 7; Nick Pepin 1-2 1; DeAndre Jackson 5 1-2 11; Jimmy Paprocki 5 3-4 13; Gary Perry 3 4-6 10; Totals: 19 (6) 12-18
WOLL – Nick Robak 3 0-1 6; Jake Doetsch 4 1-2 9; Zach Bell (1) 3; Vinny Puma 3-4 3; Garrett Ross 7 (1) 6-10 23; Sean Thomas 2 2-2 6; Totals: 16 (2) 12-20 50
SCORE BY QUARTER
BF 17 21 19 11 - 68
WOLL 17 11 13 9 - 50
RECORDS – Bishop Foley 9-10; WOLL 11-8