Friday, February 19, 2010

Whitmore Lake keeps rolling

The Whitmore Lake (Mich.) Trojans won their eighth consecutive game Thursday night, outrunning Petersburg Summerfield 110-86 in the Tri-County Conference. And, yes, this was a high school boys game, so those totals came in only 32 minutes. Wow.

Colton Judge (sounds like the name of a star, doesn't it?) led the way with 31 points, including eight 3-pointers. As a team, the Trojans (12-5, 9-2 TCC) finished 25-for-67 from downtown and 38-for-98 overall to reach at least 100 points for the third time this season. They also stayed one game behind Clinton in the conference, and those teams meet in the season finale March 2.

Whitmore Lake scored at least 30 points in three quarters in this one to avenge an earlier loss to Summerfield, which won 109-103 in overtime about a month ago. Congratulations to coach Dave Arnold and his crew. They go at it again Monday at Morenci; back on Jan. 21, the Trojans won 117-80 and set the Michigan State record by making 29 3s. Dare we hope for a similar output?

Speaking of records, I have a brief update on the Silver Streaks from Galesburg (Ill.) High School. I mentioned they ended their season at 17-14 with a regional loss this week and added a few thoughts on the success coach Evan Massey had in his first year running "The System." Well, here's an idea of how good it really was, not including the improvement from last year's 14-18 record:

- According to Coach Massey, via the National Federal and Illinois record books, Galesburg now holds the national mark for 3-pointers attempted in a season with 1,382. The 365 made is the second-best total in the country and tops in the state.

Nice job, Streaks. Good luck next season, when they are expected to return 10 of their top 13 players.

A high school I hadn't checked on yet this year also had a record-breaking game earlier this week, as the Brookland (Ark.) Bearcats beat Tuckerman 117-104 Tuesday night in the 3A district tournament.

The 221 combined points set one Arkansas record, as did the 20 3-pointers made by the Bearcats (8-17), coached by "System" neophyte Derek Jacobs. Graham Agee led Brookland with 25 points and Jared Smith added 22, including seven treys.

My goal for next season is to coerce a team in North Carolina to use this style of play and see some of these totals in person!

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