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McCarty, Daly help lead Grosse Ile to first district title in a decade PHOTO GALLERY

  • Grosse Ile's Danny McCarty, who was one of the area's top scorers this season, scored 25 points against Summit last week in the district title game. Photo by Dave Chapman
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For the first time in 10 years, the Grosse Ile Red Devils can call themselves district champions in boys’ basketball, a title they would not be able to claim had it not been for the stellar play and leadership from seniors Tommy Daly and Daniel McCarty.

The Red Devils finished 14-10 in 2013-2014. They were eliminated by Milan in the regional tournament on Monday but not before capturing the Class B, District 39 championship when they beat Romulus Summit Academy in a thrilling double-overtime win last week.

McCarty scored 25 points in that game to lead the Red Devils, while Daly scored 12 points to go along with six boards. The captains keyed their team to victory in the district title game, just like they have been doing for a few years now.

Grosse Ile Coach Bryan Friel thought very highly of his four seniors from this season – Daly, McCarty, Eric Smorch, and Ramone Stewart – and had kind words for his two captains.

“Danny McCarty, he was a first-team All Downriver pick last year,” Friel said. “Everyone knew what we had with him and he actually played even better this year, averaging over 20 points per game. He was definitely our leader on offense as the point guard.

“Tommy Daly is one of the hardest workers in this league, period,” Friel said. “He’s not the most skilled guy, he’s not the most athletic guy, but he will outwork people. I think he proved that all season.”

Daly said that he relished the opportunity to become captain in his senior year.

“It was a great honor,” Daly said. “Danny and I always wanted to be there for our team. We’d pump our team up before a big game, keep them motivated during a rough stretch, and celebrate with the team after a big win.”

For Daly, Grosse Ile’s growth as a team became evident after the win over Summit Academy.

“(The win) showed how strong we came to be as a team this year,” he said. “In such a fast-paced, back-and-forth game, we were really able to work together as a team to pull out a 2OT win in the district championship. That really made everything worth it.”

The Red Devils had only four seniors on their team this season, so a lot fell on Daly and McCarty’s shoulders – not only in terms of their performance on the court, but in the locker room as well, to keep the team focused.

“With only four seniors, we were a pretty young team. I enjoyed working with the underclassmen during the game and during practice, helping them develop their game so that they’ll be able to take GI deeper into the playoffs in the future.”

Moving on into the collegiate ranks, Daly said he will attend University of Michigan (Ann Arbor), Notre Dame or Vanderbilt. McCarty will attend Michigan State in the fall of 2014.

Last Updated: 3/11/2014 4:24:58 AM EST