Saturday, March 13, 2010

This is the day I've been dreading

All my "System" teams are done. Those of you who make a point to read these ramblings (hello? anyone there?) might have wondered why I haven't given an update on Whitmore Lake (Mich.) High School. As you know, the Trojans played Tri-County Conference foe Clinton in the Class C District Semifinals this past Wednesday.

Well, I put it off as long as I could: Coach Dave Arnold and his team lost 101-88, ending their season at 14-7. It was a tight one throughout, with Whitmore Lake taking a 70-69 lead into the fourth quarter, but Clinton opened the final period with a 10-2 spurt to take control. Nate Dreslinksi had 10 of his 12 points in the fourth for Clinton, and teammates Rick Smith and Nic Greenwood added 26 and 24, respectively.

For the Trojans, Colt "The" Judge led the way with 25 points and made three 3-pointers to lead four players in double figures. Alex Cattley had 13, Jacob Clinansmith scored 12 and Jake Kerrigan added 10 for Whitmore Lake, which finished 31-for-88 from the field, including 19-for-60 from beyond the arc.

So the season is over for Coach Arnold's team, and what a run it was. Here are some final stats to ponder: the Trojans set a school record with 356 3-pointers in 1225 attempts (an average of 58 in 21 games) while scoring 88.9 points per game. The Judge led the way with 22.5 points a game and made 87 treys for the season, while Cattley was the other player averaging in double figures with 16.1.

Whitmore Lake set a state record with 29 3s in a single game during its 117-80 victory over Morenci on Jan. 21, finishing 29-for-78. Austin Cattley had eight of them.

Congrats to everyone at Whitmore Lake on its success this season, and I wish them all the best in the future.

Now, as for the blog, not sure where I go from here. This pretty much has turned into an update for teams running "The System," simply the most exciting style of basketball known to mankind. With all the teams I followed now done, not sure what this might turn into. Perhaps I'll take a long break, or find something else to tickle my fancy.

Either way, another basketball season, with more running, shooting, pressing and subbing, is only eight months away!

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