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Baptist Park gets season off to a strong start

Cabrini opened the boys’ basketball season on Dec. 9 against Baptist Park and it turned out to be the type of game both coaches hope will help their clubs down the road.

There is no experience quite like that of playing a game that goes down to the final minutes and that’s what happened during Baptist Park’s 69-66 win over the host Monarchs.

The Wildcats led 28-17 after the first quarter as their offense put up some big numbers to open the game. The Monarchs outscored the Cats in the second quarter 19-15 to cut the lead to 43-36.

Cabrini came out and outscored BP 19-13 in the third quarter and trailed 56-55 heading into the final quarter.

Baptist Park’s Anthony Kaminski led all scorers with 32 points and also had nine rebounds. Devante Schofield had 12 points and 14 boards, Caleb Clup had eight points and eight rebounds and Daniel Eubank had eight points for the Wildcats.

Cabrini got 27 points from David Szczesny, who was one rebound and two steals away from a triple-double. Scott Smith scored 14 for the Monarchs.

“We played very well in the first quarter and Devante scored nine points in the paint in first quarter,” said Baptist Park coach Bill Miller. “We played good for parts of the game and sloppy in other parts of the game. We had 32 turnovers in the game and that’s something we have to work on.”

Cabrini shot very well at the free-throw line, making 21 of 30 attempts. Baptist Park made just 6 of 19 free-throw attempts.

“Both teams played very hard,” Miller said. “The Anthony and Devante combination played very strong.”

Cabrini coach Gerry Klos thought his team played well after the first quarter.

“Our guys battled hard all night long, but we dug ourselves a hole early and spent all night trying to climb out of it,” he said. “Every time we made a run to pull within a point or take the lead, we would shoot ourselves in the foot with a costly turnover. We had way too many turnovers.”

Cabrini also shot just 20 for 69 from the field.

“I have to give Baptist Park guard credit,” Klos said. “Kaminski was on fire and we had no one to step up and stop him. We were down one entering the fourth quarter and then disaster hit. We turned the ball over eight times, and went 2 for 16 from the field only putting up 11 points in that quarter.

“We had our chances, but we just couldn't find a way to win.”

The Wildcats found a way to win another close one on Friday when they went on the road and beat Livingston Christian 60-57 in Pinckney.

After falling behind 20-12 in the first quarter, the Wildcats stepped on the gas and outscored their hosts 18-6 in the second quarter to take a 30-26 lead at halftime.

The lead was cut to 41-39 after three quarters.

Kaminski had 16 points, 12 rebounds, nine steals and seven assists for the winners. But he wasn’t alone on the stat sheet. Schofield had 11 points and 18 rebounds; Eubank had 21 points and Clup had eight points and eight rebounds as the Cats showed that a total team effort wins basketball games.

“We started out slow in first quarter but got going in the second quarter,” Miller said. “I believe the score was very close because we shot poorly.”

Baptist Park was just 25 of 79 (31 percent) from the floor.

On Saturday, Baptist Park crushed Washtenaw Christian 66-20.

Kaminski had 16 points, nine steals and eight assists; Schofield had 19 points and 10 rebounds and Clup had 11 points.

The Wildcats return to the hardwood on Jan. 7 against Ann Arbor Greenhills.

The Monarchs fell to a very good St. Mary Catholic Central team 83-43 on Friday night.

“We had a poor shooting night again,” said Klos. “We knew they were going to come out in a zone, so we stressed the importance of taking quality shots because they had two seniors over 6-foot-5 and rebounding was going to be tough.”

Cabrini struggled from the opening tip.

“The first quarter we looked rushed, didn't get their defense moving and forced a lot of unnecessary shots which led to a lot of fast-break points,” Klos said. “It was more of the same in the second quarter and we dug ourselves a huge hole at halftime.”

Cabrini played much better in the third quarter.

“Unfortunately, they stayed hot as well,” Klos said.

The Monarchs host Inter-City on Friday.

Richard grabs win

After the Pioneers opened the season with a convincing win on Tuesday night against Universal Academy, Gabriel Richard knew that stopping Henry Ford Academy meant stopping point guard Kyle Harper, who came in averaging 18 points.

“I think everyone on the team defended him (Friday).” Richard coach Kris Daiek said. “He is the type of player that everyone has to have an eye on.”

The Pioneers sent several players at him all night and it seemed to have an effect as the Pioneers won 55-40.

“I’m not sure we slowed him down, but we challenged everything he did. It wasn’t easy for him.” Daiek added.

Both teams struggled offensively early as the game was tied 7-7. Both teams would exchange leads before the Pioneers would take a lead during the second quarter.

The Pioneers went to the bench early as they struggled with the speed of Harper.

“We lost Jake (Lipetzky) early with foul trouble and I thought our bench really stepped up.” Daiek said.

Junior Nick Gee helped spark the Pioneers with four points in the second quarter. With the game tied midway through the second quarter, freshman Tim Augustyniak drained a three pointer to spark Gabriel Richard on a 7-2 run.

With Richard holding a slim halftime lead 21-17, junior Tyler Blaszczak and sophomore Josh Blaszczak sparked the team in the third, scoring 12 points in the quarter.

“I thought they both stepped up in the third quarter defensively and offensively,” Daiek said. “They pressed us for 32 minutes and I thought they helped spark us. They really responded well.”

The Pioneers carried a seven-point lead into the fourth quarter and extended their lead to 11 early in the fourth after Blaszczak (Josh) found his brother (Tyler) and senior Colton Jarratt for easy layups.

“He (Josh) had a strong game for us offensively and defensively,” Daiek said. “I thought he did a good job on Kyle (Harper) as well as break the press.”

Jarratt (nine rebounds) scored six of his team-high 11 points in the fourth quarter.

Tyler Blaszczak had 11 points, six rebounds and three steals. Gee had seven points and Lipetzky had seven points and six rebounds.

On Dec. 10, Richard pounded Star International Academy 60-28.

Richard led 15-5 in the first quarter and never looked back. The Pioneer front court of Lipetzky and Jarratt would pace the first quarter with 12 of the 15 points.

The Richard defense looked solid as they would contain Universal to just one field goal in the first quarter.

The Pioneers continued the dominance in the second quarter giving up just two field goals in the second quarter as they would extend the lead at halftime to 30-13.

Although the Pioneers held the Eagles to just eight total field goals, Daiek said he feels his team is far from where they need to be.

"I was disappointed in our defensive effort. I thought we looked lazy at times and we will correct it in the next few days,” Daiek said.

The Pioneers had great scoring balance on the night with nine players hitting the scorebook. Tyler Blaszczak and Jake Lipetzky led all scorers with 12 points while Jarratt finished with 11 points and Andre Cabalang scored nine points in the fourth quarter.

I-C wins easily

Inter-City had a good week with two rather easy victories in this young season.

Last Tuesday, the Chargers led 49-22 and cruised to a 77-40 win over Parkway Christian.

Evan Kraatz had 26 points, 10 assists and four steals to lead the Chargers.

Luke Barber had 15 points and four rebounds, Garrett Kraatz had 13 points and Troy Kazlaskas had 11 points and five rebounds.

“It was a nice first game,” said IC coach Mark Kraatz. “It was great to get everyone in the game in the first half.”

On Friday, the Chargers faced a tougher opponent in Allen Park and the boys responded in a big way, scoring a 64-40 win over the Jaguars.

Inter-City led 34-16 at halftime.

“Again it was nice to get everyone in,” said Kraatz. “I believe we were up 33 points in the fourth quarter before we subbed. We did not shoot as well but thought we played hard with good energy.”

Evan Kraatz had 17 points, eight assists and five steals. Barber had 14 points and eight rebounds. Nate Estell came off the bench and hit three three-pointers in the second quarter and finished with nine points. Zach Riddle also gave great energy and finished with five rebounds.

“It is always nice to play and compete against Allen Park,” Kraatz said. “(Allen Park coach) Jimmy (Victor) does a nice job over there and it is always a big win for us. We need to get more consistency on offense but if our energy and effort stays strong we will get our offensive flow going.”

Inter-City plays Cabrini at 8 p.m. on Friday.

Last Updated: 12/17/2013 2:35:30 PM EST

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