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The game between Orchard Lake St. Mary's and Detroit Jesuit had to be postponed in the 4th Q due to slick floors and will resume this morning.  At the time the game was stopped, McKenney had 34p.

Finished the game this morning and OLSM won 67-64 in OT.  McKenney finished with 37p.

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#3 Brother Rice beat #7 Orchard Lake St Mary's 66-48

BLOOMFIELD HILLS — The hotly-contested Catholic League Central Division race got a little bit murkier Tuesday, as No. 2-ranked Birmingham Brother Rice turned in a strong outing to hand No. 9 Orchard Lake St. Mary’s its first league loss of the season, 66-48.

An inordinately effective defensive performance by the Warriors limited the Eaglets to just 12 first-half points, as scoring runs of 14-0 and 15-0 by Brother Rice bookended a single St. Mary’s basket during an 11-minute stretch of the opening half.

“Our defensive effort in the first half was amazing,” Warriors coach Rick Palmer said. “Eight points (allowed) in the first quarter, four points in the second. Our guys were locked in.”

Eight consecutive points by junior Warren Marshall initially got Brother Rice rolling on its way to building a 24-point margin by halftime, which left St. Mary’s searching for answers and adjustments.

“We got the ball to the basket pretty well, but then we were out of control once we got there,” Eaglets coach Todd Covert said of what went wrong early. “We didn’t play off of two feet, we threw up some bad shots and that led to some run-outs. To me, it was our panic in the paint.”

St. Mary’s connected on its first four shots of the second half during a 10-2 run and briefly reduced its deficit to as few as 15 points. But when a bloody nose forced Eaglets star Trey McKenney to miss a few minutes of action toward the end of the third quarter, the progress St. Mary’s had achieved was soon given back.

“Any time you lose him … he scored 37 points (in a game) this year,” Covert said of McKenney. “You see how that kid competes, even when we’re down 17 or 18, he’s still competing and that means a lot to me. He has special heart.”

The 6-foot-5 sophomore McKenney scored 21 points Tuesday in a tougher-than-usual matchup against a trio of Brother Rice front-court players with the size and skill to begin to neutralize him.

“With him, he’s at the top of the scouting report. I thought we did a good job of mixing up how we were guarding him,” Palmer said of McKenney. “We’ve got things other people don’t have. We have three guys who are pretty much his size, pretty much his strength, and pretty much his athleticism, but he still got baskets. We knew we were never going to shut him out, but we wanted to make his shots tough and throw some double teams at him. We had a complicated game plan and our guys executed it.”

Brother Rice senior Xavier Thomas was at his best in the fourth quarter, as he knocked down a 3-pointer, backed down a defender in the paint for a bucket, then corralled an offensive board for a putback on three straight possessions to put the game well out of reach.

“I didn’t love how we necessarily came out after halftime,” Palmer said. “It’s just hard when you play that well in the first half and you’re up with that big of a lead to come and keep the same energy. St. Mary’s is a good team.”

Brother Rice’s victory created a three-way tie atop the Central Division standings with the Warriors, Eaglets, and Detroit U-D Jesuit, which was idle Tuesday, each now sitting at 2-1. Also very much in the mix, Warren De La Salle sits at 2-2 following a win against Novi Detroit Catholic Central (0-3) Tuesday.

“All I know is we’re still tied for first place in the league and we’ll keep battling,” Covert said.

The Eaglets and Warriors will clash again on Feb. 7 at St. Mary’s.

Marshall finished with 13 points, while seniors Curtis Williams and Johnathan Blackwell recorded 11 and 10, respectively, for the Warriors (10-1 overall).

Sophomore Sharod Barnes posted 15 points for the Eaglets (5-3).

 

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Good post-game story on McKenney.  Side note in the story is '24 Christian Humphrey-Rembert was out with an ankle injury for East Kentwood.   In Sept. '21, we reportedly had been in contact with him while he was attending La Lumiere.

https://www.mlive.com/highschoolsports/2023/01/michigan-msu-hoops-recruit-shows-maturity-beyond-years-in-win-over-east-kentwood.html?utm_campaign=highschoolsports_sf&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter

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Watched McKenney’s game last night against University of Detroit Jesuit. St Mary’s got handled pretty easily and McKenney had a mediocre game. But there was 1 really encouraging thing: That was as physical a high school game as I’ve seen in a long time. Not chippy, the refs just let them play through everything. And McKenney was fine with it. Didn’t look twice at a ref that I recall. Bodes well for a potential B1G recruit. 
Side note: UDJ has a ‘23 PG named Sonny Wilson, who’s committed to Toledo, and that kid’s a nice player. Small, frail,  3 level scorer who just oozes confidence and took the ball to the rim with complete abandon despite looking like he’s  probably 5’11” and 150. Was the best player on the floor last night. 

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