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BOYS' BASKETBALL: Private school roundup

Cabrini edges Shrine, Inter-City splits

Royal Oak Shrine senior guard Cam Cavazos scored 25 points for the Knights Friday, yet Cabrini junior guard Scott Smith topped that by the slimmest of margins.

While Smith also had 25, he drained both free throws with 5.3 seconds to play, giving the Monarchs a 43-42 victory.

Shrine had one more chance to win, but after a last-second jump shot clanged off the rim, the Knights were dealt their sixth loss in seven Catholic League East contests.

“It was a hard-fought game,” Shrine Coach Jim Skaggs said. “We played hard right from the beginning ‘til the end. It was a team effort, top to bottom. Everybody scrapped, everybody got up and down the floor, everybody was rebounding. The ball just didn’t bounce our way at the end.”

There were four lead changes in the final 1:10 of play. With Cabrini up 39-37, Cavazos got to the hoop, and was fouled as his bank shot fell through. He made the and-one free throw to put the Knights ahead by one.

Both teams missed free throws on their next possessions, before Smith grabbed the lead back for Cabrini, 41-40, on his jump shot in the lane with 30 seconds to play.

Cavazos drove to the net seven seconds later and gave Shrine a 42-41 lead.

The Knights fouled Smith with 8.9 seconds to play, and while he missed that one-and-one free throw, the Monarchs tied the ball up after the rebound and the alternating possession arrow was in their favor, giving them another chance to in-bound the ball.

Smith drove the lane and was fouled, and his two free throws proved to be the difference. He was six of seven from the line all night, to go with eight field goals and a three-pointer.

“When he does what he’s coached to do, he’s a good ballplayer,” said Cabrini Coach, Gerry Klos. “He’s a junior, he’s got length, he can take the ball to the rack and that’s what I’m trying to get him to do more often.”

The earlier match-up between the two teams also went down to the wire, with Cabrini winning that one 55-51, and the Monarchs weren’t surprised this one followed suit.

“They played a tight game at our place and we were expecting a tight game here,” Klos said. “It was an excellent ballgame; I think the crowd got their money’s worth.”

Cabrini improved to 5-7 overall, 3-4 in Catholic League play. The Knights dropped to 4-8 and 1-6.



Richard

After a good showing on Tuesday night against Marine City Cardinal Mooney, Gabriel Richard traveled to Detroit to face Cristo Rey High School on Friday. Once again the Pioneers found that winning in the Catholic League is challenging.

"Winning is tough enough," said third-year Coach Kris Daiek. "Winning on the road is even tougher."

But they made this one look easy with a 54-34 win.

The Pioneers took an early 13-5 lead behind Nick Gee's eight points.

However, it was the defense and rebounds that were the story of the night. Richard forced 12 first-half turnovers and kept the Wolves to one shot. In fact, Nick Gee and Jake Lipetzky grabbed 26 rebounds combined to the Wolves’ team total of 29.

"We have done a good job of keeping teams to one shot," Daiek said. "If we can rebound the ball then we can stay in games, with anyone."

In the second quarter, GR scored 11 points behind Anthony Brown’s four points and two assists.

With an 11-point lead at the half, Richard began to apply more pressure in the second half and scored 12 points in the quarter.

Junior John Lemieux had five points but it was the defense that was the difference. The Pioneers held Cristo Rey scoreless for the first four minutes, extending the lead to 18.

"Josh (Blaszczak) was a difference maker in the second half," Daiek said. “He was tough out there. His energy was contagious for us."

In the fourth, the Pioneers scored 18 points to extend the lead to 25, early in the quarter. Lemieux and freshman Tim Augustyniak scored four points apiece in the quarter.

Gabriel Richard was led by Lemieux with 11 points and Gee with 10 points and 14 rebounds.

The Pioneers move to 7-4 on the season and 4-1 in the CHSL Intersectional division. Richard will travel to Clarkston on Tuesday night to face Everest Academy.



Inter-City

After a tough loss on Tuesday, Inter-City bounced back with a 60-36 win over Bloomfield Hills Roeper on Thursday night.

“It was nice to get everyone in early and often,” said IC Coach Mark Kraatz.

The score was 41-10 at the half.

Luke Barber led IC with 15 points followed by Garrett Kraatz with 12 points. Evan Kraatz had eight points, seven assists and became third on the career assist record in MHSAA with 680 assists.

Evan passed his dad, Mark, who had 679 in his career.

“Anytime someone passes you in the record book you notice. When that someone happens to be your son, you thank the Lord, and shed a grateful tear,” Mark Kraatz said.

Inter-City lost 65-63 at Oakland Christian on Tuesday.

Evan Kraatz had 23 points, six assists and nine rebounds. Garrett Kraatz had 16 points and four assists and Troy Kazlaskas had 10 points and 14 rebounds.

“It was a frustrating game for us on all fronts – offensive efficiency, defensive stops and just overall energy,” Kraatz said. “It just appeared our legs were tired and we were moving a step slow. I give our kids credit because they never stopped working and they had a chance at the end still.”



Baptist Park

Baptist Park learned how valuable hitting your free throws down the stretch can be in a basketball game.

Of course, it learned the hard way.

The Wildcats led 26-25 at halftime and took a five-point lead into the fourth quarter before falling 57-52 Friday night to Parkway Christian.

“It was a close game until the fourth quarter when we didn’t hit our free throws,” said Coach Bill Miller. “We missed six in a row and a couple turnovers in about four minutes hurt. We didn’t finish well.”

Anthony Kaminski finished with 20 points and 10 rebounds. Daniel Eubank had 13 points and Devante Schofield had 12 points and 14 boards.

Earlier in the week, Baptist Park beat Huron Valley 63-36.

The Wildcats led 9-7 after one and 21-20 at halftime. They blew the game open with a 23-5 run in the third quarter.

Kaminski had 20 points. Devante Schofield had 12 points and 15 rebounds, Seth Thompson had 14 points and Aaron Smith scored eight for the winners.

Baptist Park plays Ann Arbor Greenhills on Thursday and Macomb Christian on Friday.



Last Updated: 2/4/2014 2:20:58 PM EST

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