Breslin Bound: Boys Report Week 2
December 20, 2012
By Geoff Kimmerly
Second Half editor
As with football during the fall, Second Half tries to hit all classes and all corners of the state for these weekly boys and girls basketball reports.
But sometimes, focusing on the powers in Class A and B is simply unavoidable.
Most of this week's 10 notable performances came from some of our biggest and best-known schools. (Results and records based on those reported to Score Center at MHSAA.com)
1. Warren DeLaSalle (3-0) – The Pilots have been the Detroit Catholic League team to beat for half a decade, and that could continue this winter. DeLaSalle beat Farmington Hills Harrison 64-50 before edging Class B power Grand Rapids Christian 77-76 in double overtime.
2. Gibraltar Carlson (2-0) – The Marauders’ 70-53 win over Saginaw Buena Vista might not have earned the biggest headline from Saturday’s Metro Detroit Saginaw Valley Challenge at West Bloomfield. But given Buena Vista’s rich tradition, it was still intriguing – although Carlson is coming off a run to its Regional Final too.
3. Romulus (2-1) – I hope to avoid repeating teams on this list from week to week. But Romulus beating reigning two-time Class B champion Lansing Sexton 67-52 makes the Eagles a must again.
4. Grand Rapids Christian (1-3) – It’s been a tough go for these Eagles, who are expected to contend in Class B. But despite finishing the week with that close loss to DeLaSalle, they did beat reigning Class A runner-up Rockford 48-39 earlier on.
5. Rockford (1-2) – The Rams also opened with a couple of losses, but finished the week with a 63-53 win over Muskegon – which made this list last week and is considered a possible contender this season.
6. Bessmer (5-0) – After going 10-11 in 2011-12, Bessemer is halfway to matching that win total. Last week’s were close ones – 50-48 over Hurley, Wis., and 55-51 over Ironwood.
7. Lansing Eastern (2-1) – The Quakers have had three Division I college prospects graduate or move to schools out of state over the last two years, but keep rolling. They picked up solid wins over Williamston (68-58) and East Lansing (55-50).
8. East Jackson (4-0) – The Trojans are off to another nice start coming off a 15-win season. They opened last week beating Brooklyn Columbia Central 51-45 before doubling up Manchester 102-61 – after another high-scoring 100-94 win over Manchester a year ago.
9. Saginaw (4-0) – The reigning Class A champion is on the move again. After beating Midland 86-77 and then Saginaw Heritage 81-34, the Trojans came back Saturday to beat a strong Detroit Southeastern team 57-56 in the MDSV Challenge.
10. Flint Southwestern (3-1) – The Knights are already halfway to last season’s win total, thanks in part to victories last week over Flint Northwestern (63-59) and Flint Powers Catholic (70-39).
PHOTO: Grand Rapids Christian's Drake Harris attempts to drive around a Rockford defender during last week's win against the reigning Class A runner-up. (Click to see more at HighSchoolSportsScene.com.)
Second-Half Surge Sends Tri-unity Christian to 3rd-Straight Final
By Keith Dunlap
Special for MHSAA.com
March 23, 2023
EAST LANSING — The Defenders will once again have a chance to do just that.
In what has become a usual rite of March during longtime head coach Mark Keeler’s 36-year tenure, the Wyoming Tri-unity Christian Defenders are once again headed for the Division 4 boys basketball championship game following a 54-37 win over Frankfort in a Semifinal on Thursday.
Making its third-straight appearance in a Final and 11th in school history, Tri-unity Christian will attempt to repeat as champion when it faces Munising in the 10 a.m. title game Saturday.
Junior Owen Rosendall scored 13 points and senior Roy Fogg added 11 on Thursday to lead Tri-unity Christian (22-6), which will go for its sixth Finals win.
“At the beginning of the year, we had some ups and downs in the season,” Rosendall said. “But we stuck to it and kept working.”
Tri-unity Christian got it done mainly by dominating the board, collecting a 41-22 rebounding advantage.
“I think our quickness on the boards outdid their size,” Keeler said. “I was really happy with how explosive we were on the boards.”
The discrepancy even surprised Frankfort head coach Dan Loney, who said rebounding has been a strength of his team all year.
“Going into the game, I would not have guessed they would have outrebounded us like that,” Loney said. “It’s one thing we’ve done well all year. I think honestly a lot of that came from their guard play. When their guards got to the rim (and) our bigs stepped over to help, their bigs were there to get their missed layups.”
Sophomore Carter Kerby led all scorers with 21 points to pace Frankfort (18-9).
“It was a fun season for sure. We look forward to the future,” Loney said.
Tri-unity Christian separated itself in the third quarter after Frankfort cut the lead to 29-26 with 4:40 to go in the period.
From there, Tri-unity Christian ended the third on an 11-1 run to take a 40-27 lead into the fourth quarter.
“We have a little more depth, and it helped,” Keeler said. “We were really trying to push the ball, and we were really trying to pressure them on defense. I think we wore them down a little bit.”
The Defenders continued to grow the lead in the fourth, taking a 48-32 advantage with 4:17 remaining after a 3-pointer by Rosendall and a basket by Akais Giplaye.
Tri-Unity Christian forced Frankfort into 12 turnovers and 38.9-percent shooting from the field while committing only six turnovers itself.
“We played great defense,” Keeler said. “That is what I was really happy about. We made them work for everything they had.”
Tri-unity Christian got off to a good start, taking a 16-8 lead after the first quarter before Frankfort settled in during the second.
Frankfort outscored Tri-unity Christian 13-9 in the second quarter to cut its deficit to 25-21 by halftime.
PHOTOS (Top) Tri-unity’s Jordan VanKlompenberg (3) puts up a shot over the outstretched arm of Frankfort’s Xander Sauer on Thursday. (Middle) Emmerson Farmer (0) gets a hand up high as Owen Rosendall puts up a jumper.