Saturday, February 27, 2010

The first-place showdown is set

The boys' team at Whitmore Lake (Mich.) High School did its part, using a strong third quarter to run past Adrian (Mich.) Madison 103-77 Friday night in the Tri-County Conference. With their 10th consecutive victory, the Trojans (14-5, 11-2 TCC) remain one game behind Clinton in the conference, with those two teams playing in the regular season finale Tuesday at Whitmore Lake. In the first meeting, Whitmore Lake won 85-76, so in my simple brain, sweeping the season series should give coach Dave Arnold's bunch the No. 1 seed from the conference.

On Friday night, the Trojans led 50-42 at halftime before outscoring Madison 28-9 in the third quarter to pull away. Whitmore Lake finished the game 39-for-100 from the field, including 22-for-66 on 3-pointers, with Colton "The" Judge leading the way with 22 points. Four other players also reached double figures: Austin Cattley, Jake Kerrigan and Alex Cattley each had 11 points and Kenneth Jenkins added 10. Amazing to think the Trojans scored 103 points and made only THREE free throws. Wow.

Coach Arnold told "The second and third quarter was the best we've played defensively since we've been in 'The System.' It was an oustanding effort defensively."

The Trojans have averaged 94.8 points during the current 10-game winning streak, which began with a 117-80 victory over Morenci. In that span, they have made 188 of 590 3s, with Judge scoring 22.8 points per game. The 22 treys Friday night gave them 325 for the season, extending their school record.

So on to the big game Tuesday night; I wish Whitmore Lake the best of luck. Check back next week to see how it went.

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