Whitmer's Ricardo Smith (10) Marcus Elliott (32) and Nigel Hayes (23) battle Sylvania Northview's Chris Nowicki (44), on floor, for a loose ball. In the background is Northview's Connor Hartnett (14).
THE BLADE/JEREMY WADSWORTH
Whitmer overwhelms Northview in dominant second half
If patience is a virtue, Whitmer senior basketball standout Nigel Hayes was a pretty virtuous guy Friday night against visiting Northview.
Entering halftime, the 6-foot-7, Wisconsin-bound forward had zero points and had taken just three shots from the field. Whitmer led by just five.
By the time the final horn sounded, however, Hayes had filled the stat sheet with 14 points, 20 rebounds, nine assists, and three blocked shots, and his Panthers won 61-47.
“He’s too unselfish and, as his coach, I’m kind of frustrated with that,” Whitmer coach Bruce Smith said. “But it certainly beats the alternative of having a guy who looks for himself first and the team second. We’ve got guys scoring points largely because of his unselfish play.”
Whitmer (7-1) got a game-high 19 points from junior sub Jon Ashe. Northview (4-4) was paced by 11 points from senior sub Deon Valentine. Read more here...
Guss, Kicking Mules ready for more work
This early part of the basketball season for Dennis Guss mirrors the one being had by his Bedford team, which is to say both have been unable to establish any sort of momentum.
Due to complications with a knee he seriously injured last summer, Guss sat out two games. And because of a quirky schedule, his team has yet to play more than once in a week.
For those two reasons, the Kicking Mules will be better off having played in this weekend’s Warrior Classic at Emmanuel Christian. By throttling Lakota 70-36 on Friday, Bedford advanced to the finals and will play twice within about 24 hours, a departure from the yearly routine thus far in which it has played only on Fridays. Read more here...