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Blake Horvath (25) and the Summit Academy Dragons hammered Star International Academy on Tuesday, but lost Wednesday to Bradford Academy and Friday to Old Redford Academy. Photo by Dave Chapman
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It was sweep week for the Baptist Park boys’ basketball team as the Wildcats took a pair of games with solid efforts.
On Friday night, Baptist Park knocked of Calvary 56-37.
The game was tied 10-10 after the first quarter and 23-23 at halftime. But Baptist Park broke the game open with a big third quarter, outscoring Calvary 17-7 in the third quarter. They also outscored their hosts 16-7 in the final quarter.
“The first half was even, but in the first five minutes of the third quarter we scored the first ten points and finished up winning by 19,” said BP Coach Bill Miller. “The second half we played hard and took control of the game.”
Anthony Kaminski had 16 points and seven rebounds to lead Baptist Park. Daniel Eubank had 12 points, Devante Schofield had eight points and 11 rebounds and Caleb Culp grabbed nine boards in the win.
On Tuesday, Baptist Park jumped out to a 13-6 first-quarter lead and held off visiting Lutheran Westland 49-41. Baptist Park led only 31-29 heading into the final quarter but outscored the visitors 18-12 in the fourth.
“We got out to a fast start in the first quarter, playing much better this game,” Miller said. “Play was pretty even the second and third quarters. We pulled away in the fourth quarter. Important improvements this game included more intensity in our play, less turnovers and a good night rebounding with a total of 54.”
Kaminski had a big game with 20 points and 14 rebounds.
Schofield had eight points and 10 rebounds and Culp had seven points and 14 boards.
It was an easy week at Inter City.
The Chargers knocked off Plymouth Christian 79-36 on Friday night. Evan Kraatz had 18 points, nine assists, 10 rebounds and four steals in the win.
Nate Estell had 15 points, Troy
Kazlaskas had 13 points and eight rebounds and Luke Barber had 11 points and five rebounds.
Todd Kazlaskas had six points off the bench.
On Tuesday, Inter City ripped University of Liggett 72-46.
Kraatz had 20 points, 10 assists and seven rebounds. Barber had 18 points and nine rebounds, Kazlaskas had 10 points and nine rebounds, Nate Estell had 10 points and Garrett Kraatz had seven points.
Inter-City, currently ranked No. 3 in Division 4 by the Michigan Associated Press, will play at Truman, which is ranked No. 6 in Division 1, at 6:30 p.m. this Saturday. The game features arguably the area’s top two players in Truman’s Aaron Foster-Smith and Inter-City’s Evan Kraatz.
“This does not happen very often,” said Inter-City Coach Mark Kraatz. “It should be a good game.”
Richard traveled to West Bloomfield Frankel Academy on Thursday and the Pioneers were as cold as the weather offensively, falling 50-48.
Richard (5-2) would open up the night by taking an early 9-6 lead in the first quarter behind junior John Lemieux’s five points.
However, the Pioneers would miss several opportunities to extend on the lead as Richard shot just 22 percent from the field in the first quarter.
“We missed some easy chances in the first quarter,” said Coach Kris Daiek. “You can’t complain about the shot selection we had, really, all night.”
The shooting woes continued in the second quarter as Richard shot just 30 percent for the half and a dismal 33 percent from the free-throw line.
The Pioneers would carry a slim three-point lead into halftime, thanks to the rebounding. Richard would outrebound the Jaguars 50-29 and 18 of them were offensive boards.
Senior Colton Jarratt had 14 rebounds and sophomore Jake Lipetzky had 13.
“I thought our guys did a good job of getting second shots and keeping them to one,” Daiek said.
The second half would see some sloppy play on both ends as the Jaguars would take the lead early in the third and the Pioneers would never regain the lead.
Junior Tyler Blaszczak scored seven of his team high 14 points in the fourth quarter. Blaszczak hit a three pointer with seconds to go to cut the lead to one with just 20 seconds to go. After an intentional foul, the Jaguars made one of two free throws setting up a game winning three-point attempt by the Pioneers that would fall short.
“It was a funny game. It was tough to get a flow on the offensive end,” Daiek said. “I thought our shot selection was good and effort was there. We just didn’t win the game.”
It took Richard a few minutes to warm up to the gym at Cardinal Mooney on Tuesday night but once the Pioneers shrugged off the long bus ride to Marine City they rolled to an easy CHSL Intersectional victory.
The Pioneers improved to 5-1 on the season with a 46-23 victory over Cardinal Mooney.
Sophomore Jake Lipetzky hit a triple to get GR on the board a few minutes into the game and the visitors never looked back. Lipetzky would outscore the Cardinals with seven points in the quarter as Richard led 13-5 after the first quarter.
The Pioneers’ defense continued to pressure the Cardinals into eight first-half turnovers. However, Cardinal Mooney scrapped and clawed to keep the game close early in the first half with nine offensive rebounds.
"We were a little disappointed in our defense early," said Daiek. "We have to do a better job of getting ourselves in position, off the ball."
The Cardinals hit 8-of-14 from the charity strip to help keep them in the game. The Pioneers outscored their opponent 12-5 in the second quarter and carried a 25-10 lead into halftime. Blaszczak and Lipetzky would lead the halftime charge scoring a combined 15 of the 25 points.
The backcourt play of Blaszczak and Lemieux helped create multiple scoring chances for the Pioneers as the sophomore and junior combined for seven assists and only two turnovers in the second half.
"Anytime you can get that type of output from your backcourt you’re going to be successful," Daiek said.
Blaszczak led all scorers with 16 points along with seven rebounds. Lipetzky had nine points and five boards. Jarratt had seven points.
Richard played at Cabrini last night and then home on Friday night vs. Everest Academy.
Cabrini battled all night long but still came up short on Friday night in a 59-54 loss to Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook.
“This was a tough loss,” said Cabrini Coach Gerry Klos. “We got down 17-10 at the end of the first quarter, due to the fact we couldn't put the ball in the basket from about three feet in. We missed a lot of early looks, then more of the same to start the second quarter.”
The poor shooting resulted in a 14-point deficit in the second quarter. The Monarchs battled back, trailing just 31-26 at halftime.
“We started out slow in the second half but after a couple timeouts, the kids got going to take deficit down to 41-39 to end the third,” Klos said. “To start the fourth quarter we started controlling the tempo of the game and ended up taking the lead 46-43 on a Dave Szczesny three-pointer.”
The next possession Cranbrook came down to tie it up with a three of its own. It was a back and forth game the rest of the way.
“We failed to capitalize on Cranbrook’s mistakes and didn't hit our free throws in the clutch,” Kloss said. “We played a lackluster defense, gave them too many easy baskets, combined with us missing too many easy baskets, it was a recipe for disaster.
“I told the kids after the game, we got to do the fundamental things with little error, making open looks around the basket, playing great help defense and making our free throws.”
Szczesny had 20 points and Scott Smith scored 15 to lead Cabrini.
Last Monday, Cabrini knocked off Royal Oak Shrine 55-51.
This was the Monarchs’ third game in four nights and they came ready to roll. Cabrini went up 17-8 at end of first quarter due to great defensive play and transition points.
The Monarchs stayed hot in the second quarter, shooting 58 percent from the field and taking a 30-23 lead into halftime.
Shrine battled back in the third quarter, but still trailed 40-36 after three quarters.
The fourth quarter was back-and-forth but Cabrini held on for the win.
Szczesny had 18 points and Smith 16 in the win. Al Formella chipped in with nine points and sophomore guard Nathan Fryz played a great defensive game.
Cabrini ended up shooting a team-best 47 percent from the field.
The Monarchs hosted Richard last night and Lutheran North on Thursday.
Summit kicked off its three-game week last Tuesday with a dominating 62-23 victory against visiting Charter School League foe Dearborn Heights Star International Academy. On night later, the Dragons (7-3, 2-3) were dropped 64-41 at home by Southfield Bradford Academy and on Friday lost 52-32 to Detroit Old Redford Academy.
Against Star Academy, Summit jumped out to a 15-3 lead in the first quarter and led 28-10 at the half. To put it away in the final 16 minutes, the Dragons outscored the visitors 17-6 in the third quarter and 17-7 in the fourth.
Leavohn Lewis scored a team-high 17 points and grabbed one rebound, while teammate Christian Flannigan came away with 14 points.
Randle Micheaux led the hosts in rebounds with 14 and both Blake Horvath and Donavan Presbery had six boards each in the game. Micheaux also added nine points and teammate Abu Hamilton put up six.
Against Bradford the following night, in what was a makeup game, Jesse Brown was Summit’s leading scorer with 15 points.
The Dragons went on the road last night for another meeting with Star Academy and on Friday will be home for a contest with Hamtramck Frontier International Academy.
*News-Herald sports writer Frank Wladyslawski contributed to this report
Last Updated: 1/21/2014 2:35:13 PM EST