Central Catholic's DeShone Kizer (14) drives against Whitmer's Nate Holley (34).
It was time to say goodbye Friday night for two prominent figures in Whitmer’s basketball history, and the host Panthers made sure the farewell was a fond one for 22-year coach Bruce Smith, and for four-year star Nigel Hayes.
First, however, the Panthers had to survive a storm from ninth-ranked Central Catholic before taking a 66-57 Three Rivers Athletic Conference victory in overtime before a crowd of 1,800.
“We survived Hurricane DeShone tonight, no question,” Smith said of his last game at home before retiring.
In taking the win, Whitmer had to overcome a career-best 28-point effort from Central’s 6-foot-4 junior guard DeShone Kizer, who hit two 3-pointers in the final 80 seconds of regulation to send the game into overtime tied at 46. Read more...
Bowsher trips Scott for 72-52 win
Bowsher had four players reach double figures in scoring Friday night as the balanced Rebels ran away with a City League semifinal victory.
Senior Aundre Kizer led the way with a game-high 24 points as Bowsher knocked off Scott 72-52 at Waite.
Dajuan King scored 18 points, while Cameron White and Nate Allen each chipped in with 13 points.
“We are a great all-around team,” Kizer said. “That's why I think we are the best in the City. This feels great. I've never experienced anything like this before. We have all the confidence in the world.”
Bowsher (16-5), the No. 2 seed, advances to face Start for the City championship at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Waite. The Spartans upset top seed and defending champion Rogers 54-53 in the first semifinal. Read more...
Start upsets Rogers in CL semifinal
Defending City League champion Rogers went through the league’s regular season schedule like a runaway freight train.
The Rams were able to crush opponents on most nights on their way to a perfect 10-0 showing against league opposition.
A school-record second straight league championship seemed inevitable if not a flat-out lock for the Rams.
However, Start, which was swept by Rogers by an average of 20 points during two earlier meetings this season, went into Friday night's CL tournament semifinal at Waite with a completely different agenda. The Spartans were thinking about an upset of the reigning league champions. Read more...