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BOYS' BASKETBALL: Private school roundup (PHOTO)

Evan Kraatz and the third-ranked Class D Inter-City Chargers tuned up for their showdown with Truman by collection a pair of easy victories. Photo by Tom Alexander

The Baptist Park boys’ basketball team is on a roll.

The Wildcats improved to 9-1 overall and 5-1 in the league with three wins last week including a 67-54 victory over host Huron Valley on Friday night.

Baptist Park fell behind 15-8 after the first quarter but bounced back with a strong second quarter, outscoring Huron Valley 16-9 to tie the game at 24-24 at halftime.

“We started out slow in the first quarter,” said BP Coach Bill Miller. “I know we had an emotional game the night before and playing three games in a week is hard. But we came back in the second quarter and tied it up at half.”

Devante Schofield scored 10 of his 15 points and Seth Thompson hit a couple three pointers in the third quarter as BP outscored Huron Valley 21-16. The Wildcats outscored the home team 22-14 in the final period.

Anthony Kaminski led Baptist Park with 27 points, 15 rebounds, nine assists and five steals. Schofield had eight rebounds along with his 15 points and Caleb Culp had eight points and five rebounds.

On Thursday, Baptist Park outscored visiting Taylor Trillium 22-14 in the fourth quarter to rally for a 48-42 victory in a game neither team scored in the second quarter.

Trillium led 16-13 at the half.

“You could tell Trillium wanted to run at a fast pace from the beginning so I started out in a zone defense and stuck with it,” said Miller. “They have a lot of talent over at the school. I knew we couldn’t keep up with their running game. They started out the second quarter with a stall in an attempt to bring us out of the zone. Devante was in foul trouble so we stayed back. It helped keep us fresh and out of foul trouble for the rest of the game.”

Kaminski led the way with 18 points, 12 rebounds and four assists. Culp had six points and nine rebounds. Schofield had eight points and Daniel Eubank had 12 points.

The week started with a 72-32 win at Newport Lutheran South on Tuesday. The Wildcats led 26-4 after the first quarter and 45-18 at halftime.

Kaminski had 20 points, seven rebounds and four assists. Culp had 11 points and 10 rebounds. Schofield had nine points and 11 rebounds. Aaron Smith had 11 points and Eubank had 10 points.



Inter-City

Inter-City prepared for its Downriver showdown with Truman by winning two games by large margins.

The Chargers beat Lutheran Northwest 71-42 on Friday in a game Inter-City led 48-16 at halftime.

Luke Barber led the club with 17 points and four assists. Evan Kraatz had 13 points, four assists and four steals. Garrett Kraatz had 12 points, Nate Estell had nine points and Brady Fressel had six points and five rebounds.

The week started with an 84-56 win over Franklin Road.

Evan Kraatz had 22 points and 10 assists; Garrett Kraatz had 19 points and five assists; Barber had 16 points and four rebounds; Estell had 10 points off the bench. Fressel led the Chargers with 11 rebounds.



Cabrini

Thursday’s game against Lutheran North was one Coach Gerry Klos and the Monarchs hope to forget ever happened.

It might just be one of those “burn the videotape” games where you just move on and look ahead.

“Unfortunately, this game was the worst we played all year, both defensively and offensively,” said Klos after a 62-40 loss to Lutheran Northern.

“We could not get anything going to start the game and had no energy,” Kloss said.

And they paid the price for the slow start, falling behind 12-4 at the end of the first quarter. Dave Szczesny scored eight points in the second quarter to get Cabrini up and running. He hit a last-second pull up 3-pointer at the buzzer from about 25 feet to cut the lead to 25-19 heading into halftime.

“At halftime I told the guys with as sloppy as we’ve played, we were in a good position,” Klos said. “We made some adjustments that I thought would get our scorers open a little more, however, it failed to work.”

Once again, Cabrini came out flat with no energy and no execution on offense despite the adjustments.

“I thought we actually played our worst quarter of defense all year,” Klos said.

Lutheran North outscored Cabrini 21-9 in the third quarter to take a 46-28 lead into the fourth quarter.

“I was lost for words,” Klos said. “We couldn't do anything right. It was embarrassing, to say the least. It was frustrating because we went to their place a couple weeks back and lost in overtime in a game we should've won if we hit our free throws.

“Then to play like we did (Thursday), with having that chance for redemption, is very disappointing. We have to do a better job executing on the floor.”

Szczesny had 14 points, Scott Smith had nine points and Al Formella scored eight to lead Cabrini.

Cabrini hosts Waterford Lakes on Tuesday and plays at Shrine on Friday.



Richard

After a heart breaking overtime loss to Cabrini 52-51, the Pioneers looked to rebound with an intersectional crossover game against Cranbrook-Kingswood on Saturday in a makeup from Jan. 9.

While the Pioneers played another solid game, they lost 57-53 in overtime.

The Pioneers have now lost three in a row by a combined seven points.

“Once again, I think we missed some key opportunities in the first quarter,” said Coach Kris Daiek. “Our shot selection was good and our quality of shots was good. You have to just keep shooting.”

After trailing in the first quarter, Richard cut the deficit to two going into halftime 25-23.

The third quarter was owned by Tyler Blaszczak. The junior scored 10 points in the quarter.

“Tyler did a great job,” Daiek said. “We have been working on being patient in the offense and I thought he (Blaszazak) played his best game. He's starting to figure it out.”

The lead changed hands several times in the quarter.

The Pioneers led by as many as three points in the quarter. But the Cranes would storm back and lead by as many as five. Both teams seemed to find the bottom of the net in the quarter.

With under a minute to go in the game,Colton Jarratt hit two free throws to tie the game.

After Cranbrook missed a two-point attempt, the Pioneers had a chance to win. Freshman guard Anthony Brown took the ball the length of the floor and found an open Tyler Blaszczak for an uncontested three-pointer, but the shot didn’t fall.

In overtime, Richard struggled to find some offense as the Cranes outscored the Pioneers 10-6 in the extra quarter.

“Our kids are playing hard and competing,” Daiek said. “We will be just fine. We just gotta keep fighting and it will come around.”

Tyler Blaszczak had a career high 23 points. Jarratt had 14 points and 10 rebounds.

Richard plays Tuesday against visiting Cardinal Mooney.



Summit

After starting the season on a five-game win streak, Summit lost for the fourth time in five tries last Tuesday with a 55-48 defeat at Detroit Plymouth Educational Center.

The Dragons (6-4, 1-4 Charter School League) got 17 points from Christian Flannigan and 11 from Jesse Brown in the contest. Summit wasn’t in action Friday night, as its scheduled game was postponed due to the weather.





Last Updated: 1/28/2014 3:17:04 PM EST

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