Friday Basketball Highlights: Athens and Andover Boys Win Big

Diop Shumake sets a new school record for Andover with 35 points while across town Marcarius Coakley sets a new mark for Athens' with 39 points; Clawson, Royal Oak girls teams win, too.

UPDATED (Saturday; 6 p.m.) - Athens boys basketball recaps added for this week.

* home team in all caps


Boys Basketball

ATHENS over Flint Carman-Ainsworth 80-69

improved to 7-1 with a win at home over Carmen-Ainsworth 80-69 on Friday night. The Red Hawks are out to their best start since 2005.

Marcarius Coakley gave Carmen-Ainsworth all sorts of problems on his way to a 39-point night. He also finished the game with 11 rebounds to give him a double-double.   

“He was great,” head coach Dave Scott said. “He hit some big outside shots and really got to the basket for us.”

Scott added that Coakley should have probably scored more than 40.

“We game him some grief about his free throws,” Scott said laughing. “He went 4-for-8 from the line and he hits a couple of those he gets 40 no problem.”

Coakley wasn’t the only Athens player to pick up a double-double. Caleb McIntosh had a double-double with a 11 points and 11 assists. Scott said his point guard did a “great job running the offense.”

ANDOVER over Dearborn Advanced Tech, 91-78

It was a record-breaking night for ’s Diop Shumake.

Schumake set a school-record with 35 points in the Barons' 91-78 win on Friday night over Dearborn Advanced Tech. Marlon Pruitt also had a strong game with a double-double for Bloomfield Hills Andover. He had 10 points and 12 rebounds.

“It was a close game in the first quarter; we led by two, but we had a strong second quarter and were up 14 at the break,” Andover coach Jeff Rubin said.

Rubin said his team showed a lot of energy in the game and benefitted from the quick pace his guards were able to maintain. The win pushed the Barons record to 4-3 on the season.

West Bloomfield over HARRISON 70-56

won its second straight game on Friday night 70-56 at Harrison. Jake Daniels scored 15 points and Kevin Byrd added 13. 

“It was a great team win,” Lakers coach Jeremy Denha said.

Denha is happy with the way his kids have responded after a slow start. He said over break he was tough on his team and wanted to see a more focused group after the New Year.

“We had a practice the day after Christmas and only seven kids showed up,” Denha said. “I had to get pretty tough on them, but I think because of that we got better.”

Girls Basketball 

CLAWSON over Clintondale, 46-18 

completely shut down Clintondale on Friday night in a 46-18 win. 

“We played excellent defense,” Trojans coach Kelly Horne said. “We threw a lot of different looks and players at their top scorers and played great team defense.”

Horne said her team jumped out to 8-0 lead and never looked back. Ryann May led the Trojans with 15 points and nine rebounds (3-3; 1-0 Macomb Area Conference Silver) while teammate Taylor Kaufman added 10 points. 

It was a good start to conference play for Clawson. Clintondale was the co-champion of the Silver division last year.

Royal Oak over SEAHOLM, 49-31 

It wasn’t Seaholm High School’s night on Friday against .

The Maples shot very poorly from the field and found themselves down at halftime 29-13 to the Ravens. Royal Oak went on to win easily 49-31 behind Sami Stormont’s 21 points.

“We played poor transition defense,” Seaholm coach Steve Hasler said. “Stormont had a lot of transition baskets. We had real trouble with the run-out.”

Kaija Pack led Seaholm in scoring with 13 points.


Boys Basketball

Clawson over CLINTONDALE 59-51

started conference play in the Macomb Area Conference Silver division on Thursday night with a 59-51 win over Clintondale.

“That’s as hostile of an environment as we’ll play in all year,” Trojans coach Bill Shellenbarger said. 

Despite 17 turnovers, Shellenbarger’s team was able to escape with the victory. Jared Ocampo was one of three Clawson players to score double-digits. Ocampo scored 14 points while teammates DeShawn Gilbert scored12 and Jalen Harrison added 10.

The Trojans now have an overall record of 5-1 on this season.

“I’m happy right now,” Shellenbarger said. “We play in a tough conference, but it was good to pick up this win and we have 13 more (conference) games to go.”

Girls Basketball

SOUTHFIELD over Andover 47-38

Despite an all-around effort from Shannon Wilson, the Barons dropped their first game of the season 47-38 to Southfield Thursday night.

The sophomore set a new school record with 11 steals in the game. She also led Andover (6-1; 4-1 OAA Blue) with 14 points and five blocks.

“It was quite the performance from our point guard,” Barons coach Jeff Rubin said. “She really does a little bit of everything.”

Southfield used its size advantage in the fourth quarter to pull away. Rubin said that the Bluejays frontcourt combined for 30 points.

FERNDALE over Oak Park, 57-48

 Janecia Jenkins made sure her team rebounded from its devastating loss at Berkley on Tuesday night.

Jenkins dropped a career-high 30 points in Ferndale’s 57-48 win over Oak Park on Thursday night at home. She also had 11 rebounds and six steals. Taryn Stephens had 18 points and Micaela Ellis had six points, six steals and eight assists. 

“That was a good win,” head coach Berwyn Ellis said. “We needed that.”

The victory improved the Eagles' record to 3-5 (2-4 Oakland Activities Association Blue) on the season. 

TROY over North Farmington, 43-33 

The Troy Colts didn’t play their best Thursday, but were still able to win at home over , 43-33. 

“It was an ugly girls basketball game,” head coach Dennis Koch said. 

Sabria Cotton led with 10 points and Jasmine Harris had a game-high 12 points for the Raiders. The Colts are now 6-1 on the season and their next game is at home against Pontiac on Jan. 10.  

STONEY CREEK over West Bloomfield, 47-38

struggles continued in the OAA Red on Thursday night with its 47-38 loss to . The Lakers are now 4-3 on the season, but 0-3 in conference play.

“It’s exactly what I thought it would be, every bit as hard as I thought it would be,” West Bloomfield head coach Steve Larkin said of the Red. “It’s brutal.” 

Things don’t get any easier for the Lakers. They have to play a Clarkston team next week that is undefeated so far this season. 

BERKLEY over Hazel Park 41-25

is now back to even in the OAA Blue. The Bears (3-4; 3-3 Blue) won its second consecutive home game Thursday night 41-25 over Hazel Park. Aarica McCray had another big game with 17 points and Diamond Wilford added eight.


Boys Basketball

Lahser over AVONDALE 57-42 

l quickly recovered from its loss over winter break to in the finals of the Trojans’ holiday tournament with a 57-42 win on the road at Avondale Wednesday night.

Martez Jones led the Knights with 15 points, but head coach Duane Graves called Yante Maten the star of the game.

The 6-foot-7 sophomore, who is averaging a double-double on the season, picked up another one with 12 points, 12 rebounds and five blocks against the Yellow Jackets.

“We are definitely on a nice roll here,” Graves said of his 7-2 team.

He was particularly happy with his team’s 22 assists. Point guard Armand Cartwright dished out eight of those to go along with his 11 points.

Girls Basketball

Sterling Heights over CLAWSON 54-34

In a crossover game in the Macomb Area Conference, lost at home on Wednesday 54-34 to Sterling Heights.

Alli Costine had a nice game with 11 points and 14 rebounds, but it wasn’t enough to help her team keep pace with a Sterling Heights team that plays in the division above the Trojans. Clawson was down 24-7 by the end of the first half.

“We just didn’t handle their pressure defense all that well,” Trojans coach Kelly Horne said. 


Boys Basketball

Athens over ROYAL OAK 73-45

Athens opened 2012 with an easy win over Royal Oak on Tuesday night. It won 73-45 in a game where the starters were able to get quite a bit of rest after the Red Hawks went up early. 

Marcarius Coakley had a double-double with 17 points and15 rebounds. Caleb McIntosh led the Athens scoring 19 pts and he also dished out six assists. 

WEST BLOOMFIELD over Berkley 56-52

The West Bloomfield Lakers improved to 3-4 on the season with a 56-52 win over Berkley on Tuesday. Daryn Byrd led the team 13 points. The senior also dished out seven assists for West Bloomfield. Jake Daniels flirted with a double-double grabbing seven rebounds and score nine points.

Ferndale over GROVES, 62-52

After two weeks off, coach Tom Staton was worried his team might be a little rusty on Tuesday night. 

“I wasn’t sure what team was going to show up,” Staton said.

The Eagles quickly put his worries to rest by building a 14-point lead in the first quarter and winning 62-52 at .

“We controlled the game the whole time,” Staton said. “It was a great team effort and we were very balanced on offense.”

Sophomore Robert Diaz led the team with 17 points. Elliott Oldham and Nathan Stepney each had 12 points and Jordan Ellis had eight points.

The win on Tuesday was Ferndale’s only game scheduled this week. The Eagles don’t play again until January 10 when they host University High School. 

“One game in three weeks, we’ll be well rested, that’s for sure!” Staton said, laughing.

Seaholm over ANDOVER, 73-57

Paris Bass led the way for Birmingham  with a game-high 24 points to help his team improve to 4-2 on the season. Zach Smoler had 14 points for Bloomfield Hills Andover in the loss. The Barons are now 3-3 on the season.

"It was a good game," Andover coach Jeff Rubin said. "We were tied at 47-47 going into the fourth quarter and then they used their size advantage in the fourth and broke it open."

Girls Basketball

Troy over HENRY FORD, 59-50 

The girls basketball team won its first game back from winter break. The Colts improved to 5-1 on the season with a 59-50 win over Utica Henry Ford.

Down four points at half, Troy used a 21 point third quarter to take the lead.

“We played pretty well in that second half,” Colts head coach Dennis Koch said.

Sabria Cotton was one of three Troy players to score double digits, leading the team with 18 points. The Colts balance on offense so far has been one of the keys to their success.

“It makes us tough to guard, when we have five starters who can score in double digits on any night,” Koch said.

Berkley and Ferndale brought in the New Year with a wild one on Tuesday night. Eagles point guard Micaela Ellis forced overtime, hitting a 3-pointer with 5.9 seconds to go in regulation. Her shot completed a 13-point fourth quarter comeback for Ferndale.

But it was the Bears (2-4; 2-3 Oakland Activities Association Blue) that would have the last laugh. Berkley scored 10 straight points in the final minute of overtime to win 51-48.

Royal Oak over OAK PARK, 54-33 

Royal Oak is now 7-1 (5-1 in OAA Blue) on the season.

Sami Stormont continues to show why she is one of the best players in the OAA. She had 31 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists on Tuesday night. Mariah Gardziola added 10 points.

"Nothing came easy for us last night, but we battled the entire game and kept working throughout the game," head coach Brian Sopata said. "That is a credit to our team which is a hardworking group."

Seaholm over HAZEL PARK, 53-30 

The  Seaholm Maples girls team improved to 3-3 on the season with a win over their Oakland Activities Association Blue division opponent Tuesday. Kaija Pack had 14 points in the win.

"We're still learning," Seaholm coach Steve Hasler said. "All our ball handlers are very young, but we are getting better each game we play. Hopefully that trend will continue cause we are coming up on some of the better teams (in the Blue)."

Do you have scores, photos or information to add? You can do so in the comments below, or send an email to Patch sportswriter Mike Niziolek or to the local editor at the top of this website.

Toiya Anne Paige January 06, 2012 at 12:16 AM
Great story and game about Lahser at Andover! Thanks!
Megan Swoyer January 08, 2012 at 06:52 PM
Do you have info. on Troy HIgh Colts Friday night game? They beat Seaholm in an exciting finish.
Nancy Hanus January 08, 2012 at 09:56 PM
Megan: I see the score was 57-56. Scott Burnstein's blog for the Oakland Press wrote: "Down three points in the final seconds, Troy's junior guard Joe Leonard drained a 3-pointer to tie the game and was fouled in the process, sending him to the line for a chance to win it. With ice running through his veins, Leonard buried his attempt from the charity stripe giving the host Colts an improbable 57-56 victory over the upset-minded Maples..." You can find Burnstein's blog at http://burneysbytes.blogspot.com/ We'd be happy to add results anytime -- or you can in the comments. As a matter of fact, any readers, coaches or parents: Please feel free to email Mike at redbankchi@aol.com, or to add information here that we'll check out and add to the summaries. The more participation the better! We can't be everywhere, but we'd like to bring you as much coverage as possible. Thanks!


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