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BOYS' BASKETBALL: Summit Academy opens some eyes with victories over Huron League opponents



Summit Academy continued its strong start to the 2013-14 campaign with two more victories last week against two Huron League opponents.

The Dragons (4-0) took on Flat Rock last Tuesday and handed the Rams (1-2) a 60-45 defeat and then three nights later played Airport and knocked off the Jets 55-44. To start the season, two weeks ago, Summit posted a 68-43 victory against Monroe Jefferson and a 56-39 win against Riverview, both of which are also Huron League teams.

Against Flat Rock, the two teams battled in a close first half, but in the final 16 minutes the Rams’ shooting went cold and the Dragons stayed hot.

Summit’s leading scorer in the contest was Cory Hicks, who netted 15, while Christian Flannigan had 11 and Randall Micheaux had nine.

TeDarius Laidler topped Flat Rock with 12 points for the game.

Three nights later, Hicks struck again in the Airport victory and was his team’s top point scorer, this time with 16. Flannigan finished with 14 points and Jesse Brown contributed 11 in the winning effort.

So far, Hicks has led the Dragons in scoring in all four of their games and already has a total of 80 points for the season.



Flat Rock

After last Tuesday’s 15-point loss to Summit, Flat Rock played again two nights later and earned its first victory of the season.

The Rams hosted Dearborn Advanced Tech Academy and knocked off the Lakers 73-65. Flat Rock dominated the first half and was up 35-13 at the break. In the final 16 minutes the Rams were heavily outscored by the Lakers, but it wasn’t enough for a comeback and Flat Rock was victorious.

Leading the way in the Rams’ win was Mike Mayberry, who finished with 16 points for the night. Kevin Fritz added 15 points and Parker Neal contributed nine.



Grosse Ile

Last week Grosse Ile took on the area’s two Catholic League teams and came away with a split.

In a battle at Riverview Gabriel Richard last Tuesday, the Red Devils (1-2) knocked off the Pioneers 59-40. Two nights later they hosted Cabrini and were beaten 59-50.

At the half against Richard, Grosse Ile led by only seven, but in third quarter the Red Devils were able to pull away by outscoring the hosts 24-5.

“We needed to get that first win of the season,” said Grosse Ile Coach Bryan Friel.

“We’re definitely very happy. It’s always tougher on the road. It was nice to go on the road and get the win.”

Danny McCarty led the Red Devils with 23 points for the game, while Tommy Daly finished with 11 and Tyler Moores came away with 10.

In the matchup with Cabrini, Grosse Ile started the game by grabbing a 9-4 lead at the end of the first quarter. In the second quarter, however, the hosts yielded 19 points and were down 23-19 at the half.

The Red Devils could never get the momentum back and were outscored again in the final two quarters. For the game, Grosse Ile shot only 28 percent from the field and had 20 turnovers. Also, the home team had difficulty stopping the Monarchs’ Scott Smith, who scored 37 points in the contest.

For the night, Danny McCarty was Grosse Ile’s leading scorer, as he finished with 15 points. Tommy Daly was second in scoring with 12 points and Neil Smorch contributed nine.

Next up for the Red Devils is one more non-league game, as they will travel to Allen Park on Jan. 2 for a battle with the Jaguars. The first Huron League game of the season will be Jan. 7 at home against Riverview.



Huron

With two defeats last week, Huron remained winless for the 2013-14 season.

Last Tuesday the Chiefs (0-4) took on Ann Arbor Richard and were dropped 58-42. Two nights later they hosted Garden City and suffered a 55-43 defeat.

In the contest with Richard, Huron trailed only 29-25 at the half. However, the Fighting Irish outscored the locals 15-4 in the third quarter and ultimately pulled away for the big win. Austin Bell led the Chiefs with 15 points, Grant Wood finished with eight and Cameron Cox pulled down a team-best nine rebounds.

Against Garden City, the game was tied at the half, and Huron trailed only 37-33 after three quarters, but in the final eight minutes the Chiefs were outscored 18-10. Zach Schlarb topped Huron with 11 points, Bell came away with 10 and Cox was the top rebounder with seven.

Up next for Huron is a non-league game at home against Dearborn High on Jan. 3.



Riverview

A defeat at the hands of visiting Annapolis last Thursday night left Riverview still looking for its first victory of the season.

In what was the only action of the week for the Pirates (0-3), the Cougars came in and knocked them off 62-57.

After three quarters, Riverview was up by three points, but in the final eight minutes was unable to secure the lead.

Bucs Coach Ryan Newland his players gave a strong effort, but the squad was ultimately hurt by its overall youth.

“They played really hard, I was really proud of the way they played,” he said. “We need to learn from it; need to keep moving forward. We’ve been making a lot of progress. We just have a lot of kids that don’t have that much experience.”

Riverview’s Nolan Glime finished with a team-best 25 points and pulled down six rebounds. Alex Dubois came away with nine points and 11 rebounds and Drew Kroll had six points and 10 rebounds. So far Glime has been the leading point scorer in all three of the Bucs’ games.

After the break, Riverview will kick off Huron League action with a game at Grosse Ile on Jan. 7.







Last Updated: 12/23/2013 12:45:51 PM EST

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