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The Pioneers celebrated Senior Night with a 62-47 win Thursday night over West Bloomfield Frankel Jewish Academy. It was Richard’s fourth straight win and avenged its only league loss of the season at the hands of the Jaguars earlier in the year.

“We understand that all of the games are important, however, we wanted to win this one,” said Richard coach Kris Daiek. “It was our Senior Night and winning for them was important. It was nice for Colton (Jarratt) and Pat (McBride) to get a win.”

The Pioneers knew that beating the Jaguars meant stopping senior Oliver Soble. The Jewish Academy scorer came into the contest averaging 23 points.

GR was in a fight early in the first quarter. Soble scored six points for the Jaguars but the Pioneers answered with juniors Nick Gee and John Lemieux, who combined for eight points, to help Richard take a 14-11 lead.

In the second quarter, Richard struggled to find the scoring touch while the Jaguars got eight points from Soble. Jewish Academy led 26-24 at the break.

“He (Soble) is a pretty good player,” Daiek said. “He can score in a lot of different ways. We worked this week on defending him and everyone had to know where he was on the floor.”

The Pioneers made adjustments at halftime and played their best half of basketball this year behind Tyler Blaszczak. The junior scored 10 of his team-high 16 points and had four rebounds and four assists in the quarter as the Pioneers outscored the visitors 23-6 to blow open the game.

"It was impressive,” Daiek said of Blaszczak's second-half performance. “He definitely sparked us in the second half. I was more impressed with his defense on Soble."

Blaszczak had 14 points, nine rebounds and seven assists in the second half.

The Pioneers led 47-32 going into the fourth.

Juniors Nick Gee (14 points) and John Lemieux (11 points) also played well on the offensive end for Richard. Jarratt had seven points and McBride six.

Earlier in the week, Richard knocked off Clarkston Everest Academy, 52-44.

Lemieux led the Pioneers with 14 points and six steals. Jarratt had 13 points and 11 rebounds. Jake Lipetzky had 11 points and 10 rebounds. Blaszczak had eight points and seven rebounds and freshman Anthony Brown had eight assists in the win.

Early in the first quarter, the Pioneers led 12-3. Jarratt established a post presence with six points and Lipetzky scored four to help get the Pioneers rolling. The Mountaineers’ defense created turnovers as they clawed their way back into the game, cutting the first-quarter lead to 13-6.

The Pioneers opened up a 12-point lead early in the second. But the Mountaineers went on a 16-11 run to make it 24-22 at the break. Lemieuix hit two triples in the quarter for Richard.

“When you play teams that shoot the three, they can get back into games in a hurry,” Daiek said. “Everest hit three triples in the quarter and we did a poor job defending it.”

The Pioneers opened the third quarter with a 6-0 run to extend the lead to 30-22. Once again, it was the perimeter shooting and second chances that helped GR take control of the game.

Still, the Mountaineers cut the lead to 35-32.

In the fourth quarter, the Pioneers extended the lead behind Jarratt’s five points. With just under 3 minutes to play, the Pioneers were leading by eight points when Brown found Blaszczak for a three pointer to extend the lead to 11.

“I thought Brown played his best game,” Daiek said. “He controlled the tempo of the game and made players better tonight.”

Baptist Park

The Wildcats went 2-1 during a busy stretch last week, capped off by an easy 71-66 victory over visiting Macomb on Friday.

Baptist Park (12-3 overall) led 21-10 after one quarter and 30-13 at the break. They blew the game wide open with a 25-12 third quarter.

Seth Thompson led Baptist Park with 16 points, followed by Anthony Kaminski (14), Aaron Smith (13), Devante Schofield (12) and Zach Compeau (seven).

On Thursday, Baptist Park fell to Ann Arbor Greenhills, 70-56. The Wildcats led 18-15 after the first quarter but were outscored 22-12 in the second quarter and 19-12 in the third quarter.

“We started out strong in the first quarter and tried to keep up,” said Baptist Park Coach Bill Miller. “Greenhills goes very deep in their bench and we couldn’t keep up.”

With the win, Greenhills clinched first place in the league. Baptist Park will finish second.

Kaminski, despite getting double-teamed, finished with 22 points and 10 rebounds. Schofield had 13 points and 12 rebounds; Caleb Culp had nine points and 10 rebounds; and Thompson had nine points.

On Tuesday, Baptist Park defeated Westland Lutheran 43-38.

The Wildcats led 5-2 after the first quarter and 16-12 at halftime. Westland Lutheran outscored BP 19-14 in the third quarter but the Wildcats won the fourth quarter 13-7.

Kaminski led the way with 19 points and 15 rebounds. Smith had eight points and Culp had seven points and 14 rebounds.

“The game started out slow,” said Miller. “Anthony played very well and was getting double-teamed most of the game. The hard part was that Devante Schofield fouled out early and senior guard Daniel Eubank is out with an ankle injury.”

The Wildcats played Parkway Christian on Monday, Newport Lutheran on Tuesday and play Calvary Christian on Friday.


In a packed gym on Friday night at Southfield Christian, Inter-City fell 67-56.

“This was a disappointing loss, but I felt Southfield outplayed us for most of the game,” said Inter-City Coach Mark Kraatz. “In our past three or four games with them I feel we have outplayed them for 31 minutes and have made some bad decisions late in games and they would beat us. But this time I felt from beginning to the end they outworked us and were the better team.

“The positive is we did not have our best game and some players really struggled and yet we were down three with 1:45 to go and we hung in there and still had a chance to win it.”

Evan Kraatz had 20 points and six assists, passing Drew Neitzel (Michigan State) on the all-time assist leader list for the state of Michigan. He is now second, just 18 behind the top spot.

Garrett Kraatz had 15 points and Troy Kazlauskas scored 10.

On Tuesday, Inter-City beat Grosse Pointe Woods University of Liggett 85-57.

Evan Kraatz had 25 points, 12 assists, six rebounds and three steals. Evan broke an Inter-City record by scoring 21 points in the first quarter. Evan made all eight shots he took, including five three-pointers. The previous record was held by Ed Horn scoring 20 points in one quarter in the 1994 district finals.

Luke Barber had 20 points, five assists, five rebounds and three steals. Brady Fressel and Nathan Estell each had nine points and Garrett Kraatz had eight points.

“I thought we played well,” Mark Kraatz said. “We came out well and that first quarter by Evan was unbelievable. It was fun to watch.”

Inter-City hosts Plymouth Christian on Friday and hosts Detroit Country Day at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday.


Cabrini bounced back from a “poorly” played game a few nights earlier with an easy 53-19 victory over Detroit Cristo Rey on Friday night. And the Monarchs wasted little time flexing their muscle, jumping out to a 14-1 lead and never looked back.

Cabrini led 27-5 at halftime.

“We played well to start this game,” said Cabrini Coach Gerry Klos. “We kept a half-court press on to try and create turnovers which worked in our favor.”

The Monarchs led 39-15 after three quarters.

Rob Deblander had 14 points, Scott Smith scored 10, Dave Szczesny had eight points and Curtis Krawcyzk scored seven in the win.

Earlier in the week, Cabrini fell to Cranbrook, 58-39.

“We came out flat, had no energy, and executed very poorly,” Klos said. “Cranbrook took advantage of it.”

Cranbrook led 33-7 at the half.

“I was dumbfounded because we went into Shrine the Friday before and played one of our best games of the year,” Klos said. “Then we came out against Cranbrook and looked like we didn't even know where we were at.”

Deblander (12 points) and Szczesny (eight points) led Cabrini.

Last Updated: 2/11/2014 2:46:06 PM EST