Blogs > Burney's Bites

Burney's Bites will focus primarily on the local preps sports scene, but will also touch on some college and pro athletics, mostly in regards to athletes who hail and have played high school sports in Oakland County. My goal for the blog is to be conversational and anecdotal, a more relaxed and free formal take on high school athletics than you see in regular game day coverage.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Instant Feedback - Down To The Wire

There was a multitude of nip-and-tuck battles on the high school hardwood that took place Friday night throughout the county. Local players and teams alike in both girls and boys hoops came up big with the game on the line.
Here are some of the best performances of note:
Brian Wandschneider nailed a game-winning trifecta in the closing seconds of Lake Orion's game against Troy Athens, lifting the Dragons to a thrilling 49-48 win. LO is 6-5 and looking sharp in rebounding from '09 disaster of a season.
Holly got a career high 31 points from senior guard Justin Fowler in the Bronchos 79-75 overtime victory in very hostile waters over Oxford on the road. Lance "The Hammer" Hopkin chipped in with a 20 spot and super-transfer, Thomas "The L-Train" Lovachis locomoted his way to 16. After playing in the shadow of his big brother, Jordan, the past few seasons, its nice to see Justin Fowler coming into his own this season shooting the rock at a very prolific clip.
Pontiac Notre Dame Prep's 6-7 Sophomore Kellen McCormick (son of former UOFM star and NBA'er and current national sports broadcaster, Tim McCormick) had his breakout game of the season against defending CHSL champ, Ann Arbor Gabriel Richard. The Fighting Irish topped Gabriel Richard 56-52 in double OT and McCormick not only recorded 17 points and seven rebounds, he also drilled four triples, including one at the conclusion of regulation to send the game into extra sessions.
Junior Justin Peguese's 25 points and six boards sparked Berkley to a 72-68 OT win over Troy. Ryan Bush added 19 points for the Bears, who push their record over the .500 mark with the victory by moving to 5-4.
In girls action, Lakeland had to go three overtimes to finally end up getting the best of Waterford Mott, 53-46, at home in a KLAA clash. Stephanie Lock paced the victorious Eagles with 19 points, but the star of the game came from the losing side of the scoreboard. I'm talking about Mott's Tiffany Coleman, who put in a goliath effort of 24 points and 22 rebounds.
Cager Quips:
Mad props goes out to head coach Denoulios Burkes and his Oak Park boys bball crew who are more than holding its own in the ever rough and rugged OAA Red. The upstart Knights made it two upsets in a row on Friday by clipping the Southfield Blue Jays' wings in their 69-64 home win.
Juwaan Moody who? That's what OL St. Mary's Allen Robinson has people over at Eaglets central the past few weeks with his remarkable play. The junior swingman is almost single-handedly the Eaglets contenders once again after starting the season slow and making OLSM fans practically forget about losing the high-scoring Moody to Pontiac. Like Oak Park, St. Mary's is riding a two game win streak, with both 'W's coming in upset fashion. Robinson scored 26 points in the team's 63-54 defeat of a very good Detroit Reinassance squad on Friday night. This junior juggernaut is also a rising star on the football field, playing a mean wide receiver and defensive back combo. Robinson's game has been so on-point as of late, I've decided to nickname him "Al B Sure", because head coach George Porritt is sure to get a solid and most likely spectacular outing from the rangy and fast 6-2 baller every time he hits the court.  Evan Webster has his mojo in overdrive in Friday night's win too, exploding for a career high 23 points and 5 triples.
Don't look now OC hoop heads, Hazel Park is sitting at 7-2 right now. Zach Schultz busted the nets up for 20 points in the Vikings 71-46 beatdown of Farmington on Friday night.
MH Lamphere's Kelvin Toma continues to get busy all up, over, and across the hardwood and tell McCallum, Brundidge, Pack, Vinales, Marble, and co. that he can put up points with the best of the best in the OC. Toma went for 30-plus for the second straight game on Friday, torching the twine for 33 in the Rams win over Clintondale.


Post a Comment

Subscribe to Post Comments [Atom]

<< Home