The cold and snow won’t keep us away from our weekly basketball report here at Spartan Nation!  There is plenty to talk about.  Our regular games are winding down and we are a week and a few days from the beginning of Districts.  Being as close as we are, the intensity level has gone up as has the pressure.  Pretty soon, it will be a “win or go home” situation.

Low Score of the Week

Auburn Hills Christian 35 Kimball Landmark 20 (55 points)

The low scoring games are interesting to me.  I always want to know if it was superb defense that stifled the opposing offenses or if the offenses never really got going.  In the winning effort, Auburn Hills Christian’s Raijon Fair scored 18 points, tossed two assists, grabbed 15 rebounds, stole five balls, and had one block.  That’s a pretty good game if you ask me!  Victor Rodriguez scored six, grabbed four rebounds, and had two steals.  On the Kimball Landmark Academy side, David Pyche scored five to lead his squad.  He also tossed two assists, grabbed seven rebounds, and had two steals.  Cameron Koch and Joey Misiewicz each scored four points.

Coach Cottrell’s BLOWOUT of the Week

Flint Beecher 92 Mount Morris 35 (57 points)

Interestingly enough, Beecher beat Mount Morris by more than the previous two teams scored in total!  Monte Morris, an Iowa State commit, scored 20 points, had 10 steals, and eight assists.  His coach says, “He has the ability to make everybody around him better.  He facilitates both the offense and the defense.”  Emanuel Fifer scored 17 and had ten rebounds.  For Mount Morris, Alex Armbruster scored 11 while teammate Tyler Patterson chipped in nine points.

High Score of the Week/Century Club

Dowagiac 106 Paw Paw 80 (186 points)

At halftime, it was 46-33.  The fourth quarter belonged to Dowagiac and they scored 35 points to clinch the victory.  Dontel Highsmith led his team with 33 points.  Teammate Davion Highsmith scored 24.  D.J. Hunt scored 24 points.  On the Paw Paw side, DeMarcus Leak scored 23.  Tanner Eubank scored 17.

RIP Al Anderson

We here at Spartan Nation would like to send our condolences to the family of Detroit Consortium coach Al Anderson.  He suffered a heart attack after coaching his team to an 81-44 win over Dayton (Ohio) Dunbar.  His career coaching record was 109-28.  Al was 40 years old.

McDonald’s All-American

James Young from Rochester High School was named to the McDonalds All-American team.  He will play college ball at Kentucky.  For the season, he is averaging 27 points, 16 rebounds, five assists, five steals, and two blocks.

Jeff Cottrell is the amazing prep sports editor for Spartan Nation. He has been in that capacity for several years. His twice weekly column previewing that weeks biggest games and recapping those from the past week is both well read and respected. His contribution to the site has been amazing and he truly does a remarkable job!


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