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Garrett Kraatz and the No. 2-ranked Inter-City Chargers fell to No. 1-ranked Southfield Christian in a battle of the top of the Division 4 state rankings. Photo by Tom Alexnader

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In a sold-out gym, top-ranked Southfield Christian defeated second-ranked Inter-City 54-51.

Inter-City led 26-19 at the half and 44-39 going into the fourth quarter before Southfield Christian battled back. SC took the lead with two minutes to go and never looked back.

“It felt like a game where we were off for three weeks and they were in a period of transition,” said Inter-City Coach Mark Kraatz. “Both teams played hard but offensively never really got into a rhythm.”

The Chargers were led by Luke Barber with 15 points, six rebounds and four assists; Garrett Kraatz with 11 points and five rebounds; Troy Kazlasuskas with 10 points and nine rebounds; Evan Kraatz with eight points ,eight assists and eight rebounds; and Brady Fressel with seven points and four rebounds.

“It was a disappointing loss but fortunately for us it was only our fourth game, so there is plenty of time to get the kinks out,” Kraatz said. “We will learn from this and get better from this loss.”

Cabrini falls twice

After a tough loss on Friday the last thing the Cabrini boys’ basketball team wanted to do was get back on the road the following day. But the schedule forced the Monarchs to do just that on Saturday.

“Playing back-to-back games, especially two road games, in high school is tough, even tougher when coming off the loss like we did,” said Cabrini Coach Gerry Klos.

The good news is the Monarchs played well. The bad news is that it wasn’t enough as they fell 60-54 in overtime to Macomb Lutheran North. The game was rescheduled after being canceled because of bad weather on Tuesday.

“We responded great from the opening tip, it looked as the night before didn't even happen,” said Klos. “We ended the first quarter up 15-13. Again, we were outsized by a good margin, but we didn't make the turnovers we had been making. We were patient offensively and we were rebounding well and only had three turnovers going into halftime.”

The game was tied at 24-24 at the half.

The Monarchs came out a little “sloppy” in the third quarter and Lutheran North went on a 6-0 run. But after a couple timeouts, Cabrini got back on track.

The Monarchs were down 39-33 after three quarters.

“In the fourth quarter we were seeing the floor well and playing great defense and battled back to take the lead 46-44 on a Scott Smith three-pointer with about 1 minute left,” Klos said. “We made a stop defensively, they fouled us and we made both free throws to take a 48-44 lead with 35 seconds left.”

But Lutheran North came down and hit little jumper and then called timeout with Cabrini ahead 48-46.

The Monarchs got the inbounds pass in and they fouled with 18 seconds left.

Cabrini missed the front end of the one-and-one, and North came down the floor quick and hit a layup with 8 seconds left.

“We had a miscommunication on defense which opened the lane for the guard to run the floor and hit that layup,” Klos said. “We then had a mental lapse by not getting the ball in and running our transition to get a shot off.”

The game was tied 48-48 after regulation.

“They won the tip in OT, came down and hit a three-point shot to go up 51-48,” Klos said. “We had some good looks in OT, just couldn't hit our shots.

“I told the kids that this was the first time this year we put a whole game together, from start to finish. The resolve they had for this game after the game before impressed me. Now we have to play like that every game and good things will happen.”

Scott Smith had 24 points and seven rebounds to lead the Monarchs. Dave Szczesny had 10 points and four rebounds and RJ Solano had eight points and four rebounds.

The Monarchs lost the night before to host Waterford Our Lady Lakes 64-43.

“Being the smallest team in our league this year, we have to do little things right, like taking care of the ball, being patient and running the floor when we can,” Klos said.

“Lakes outsized us by a good margin, but we didn't do the things we needed to.”

Cabrini trailed 19-12 at the end of the first quarter and 34-24 at the half.

“It was a battle the first half, then we folded under pressure in second half,” Klos said. “We had 22 turnovers total, in which Lakes scored 38 points off those turnovers. The bulk of it came in the third quarter. We didn't handle their pressure well and we were forcing too many passes and shots.”

Cabrini shot 29 percent from the field and 17 percent from three-point range. They only scored seven points in the third quarter and were down 51-31 after three.

“We are young and making a lot of mistakes young teams do,” Klos said. “We have to continue to fight and work to overcome those things.”

Smith had 18 points and Szczesnyhad 12 points.

Richard cruises

The Richard boys’ basketball team had few problems on Friday in a convincing 66-24 win over visiting Detroit Cristo Rey High School.

The Pioneers last played on Dec. 19.

"We were a little concerned with the long layoff, however, we needed to work on some things to get ready for our league,” said Richard Coach Kris Daiek.

The Pioneers opened league play against Detroit Cristo Rey, a club coming in at 1-3.

Richard jumped out to an impressive 22-2 start, led by senior center Colton Jarratt’s 12 first-quarter points.

In the second quarter, the Pioneers did not miss a beat on offense or defense, outscoring their opponent 17-6 and out rebounding them 36-14.

Gabriel Richard saw a balanced offensive attack with five players scoring in the quarter and 11 players scoring in the game.

Juniors John Lemieux and Justin Elsesser combined for nine points as the Pioneers led 39-8 at halftime.

The second half was more of the same as Richard outscored Cristo Rey 19-10 in the third.

Jarratt led all scorers with 18 points and 15 rebounds. Junior Lemieux had 10 points, junior Justin Ellsesser scored nine points and sophomore Luke Geierman had eight points.

Sophomore guard Josh Blaszczak had six assists.

"I was happy with everyone's effort tonight,” Daiek said. “We never seemed to miss a beat with whoever was in the game tonight.”

With the win the Pioneers move to 4-1 on the year and 1-0 in the CHSL Intersectional. Richard will travel to Cardinal Mooney on Tuesday and then Jewish Academy on Thursday night.

Baptist Park

Baptist Park was on each end of lopsided games last week.

On Thursday, Baptist Park lost to Ann Arbor Greenhills 60-42 in a game the Wildcats took an early lead.

“It was a very good first quarter but that was it,” said BP Coach Bill Miller. “The rest of the game was lost focus and didn't play well. In the second half we were slow and didn't work hard at all. I hope it was the long layoff.”

Baptist Park led 14-9 after the first quarter before Greenhills outscored them 20-7 in the second quarter. Greenhills also outscored BP 20-11 in the third quarter.

On Friday, the Wildcats knocked off Macomb Christian 58-13. Baptist Park led 18-4 after the first quarter and then shut out Macomb 22-0 in the second quarter.

Aaron Smith led Baptist Park with 16 points. Devante Schofield and Daniel Eubank each scored 12.

Baptist Park hosted Westland Lutheran on Tuesday. They host Westland Huron Valley on Thursday and play at Calvary Christian on Friday.

Last Updated: 1/14/2014 1:47:19 PM EST