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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, February 6, 2010

Instant Feedback - Friday Frenzy

I am in serious awe of Hazel Park's inside-outside tandem of Wesley Ellis and Dakota Ogles, These two have been, as L.L. Cool J once said, "Doing it and doing it and doing it well," ever since the beginning of the season. The 10-3 Vikings are off to their best start in quite a while and sit in second place in the OAA Blue with a 6-2 conference record. On Friday night, Ellis (a prolific passer with a season-high of 16 dimes) sank the game-winner in the closing seconds of the HP's 82-80 victory over a tough-as-nails Farmington Hills Harrison team and Ogles went ITZ for the second time in two weeks, matching his season-high of 37 points. Ogles was also a beast on the boards, collecting 13 rebounds in the win.
Oak Park apparently has West Bloomfield's number this season, as the Knights boys hoop squad took down the Lakers for the second time in the 2009-2010 campaign, punking the WB in its own crib, 68-63. Jalen Crawford continued to impress the college scouts with his play by dropping a 21 point, five assist, five rebound performance on the host-Lake show. Burney has to admit, while watching Crawford as a junior last season, he didn't think much of his opportunity to play at a formidable D1 school at the next level. Upon further review however, Burney sees how very wrong he was and after seeing him play on a number of occasions this season, Burney is convinced that Crawford is a bonafide college hoopster. Don't sleep on the Knights Kenny Harper either. Harper is versatile and a "go all out, all the time" type of player that could also end up helping some form of program – whether small-time D1 or big time D2 – at the next level.
Walled Lake Central's front-court of Joe Zurbrickas and Jake Paulson are playing like modern-day high school versions of Robert Parish and Kevin McHale. Paulson tallied 22 points and 20 boards in the Vikings, 54-48 overtime win against crosstown-foe Walled Lake Western on Friday night. Denny Butcher's Vikes are 12-2.
Don't look now but Farmington's boys basketball squad is starting to round into shape and with Friday's 53-47 road win over Birmingham Groves the Falcons are riding a two-game win streak. Farmington's victory also raises its record above the .500 mark at 7-6. Jason Wilson, a two-sport star who also excels on the football field as a wide receiver and defensive back, has been coming into his own this season and put in a game-high 18 points for the winners.
And finally what about RH Adams, avoiding the letdown and triumphing over GP South by double-digits on Friday night. Adams beat a then-undefeated Seaholm squad on Tuesday and could have been prone for the fall, but came out strong against South and ran away with it thanks to Junior forward Andrew Hammett, who scored a career-high 31 points and hauled down 11 rebounds. Senior Connor Boyle, a steadying presence in the Adams backcourt these past two seasons adding 10 points and four assists, the Highlanders improve to 10-3.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jalen Crawford and kenny harper are great players. Too bad their Coach Denolious Burkes is blocking there college offers because he does't like them.

February 7, 2010 at 12:41 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wesley Ellis Is amazing I love to watch that kid Play! I call Him "MAGIC WAND"

March 16, 2010 at 12:19 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Everybody watch out for Wesley ellis Next Year!

April 25, 2010 at 10:09 PM 

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