The Lakers were in the toughest pool in the tournament, with three of the four pool teams making it to the final four. The 16s lost to West Michigan twice, but in pool play they proved to be a worthy adversary.
The 16s beat the GR Storm and West Michigan Flight on their way to the final four, led by the fast forward duo of Zeshawn Parker Jones and Rayshon Thomas. Coach Miller also got his best effort of the year from reserve forward Shawn Brouwer, who played great defense all weekend and made a big difference on the boards. The weekend also brought about the emergence of Grand Blanc sophomore TJ Nichols, who showed an ability to score the ball and a lot of poise in crunch time.
The U-15 Lakers turned a corner this weekend, winning two of their four games despite having the youngest U-15 roster in the tournament. Led by Marquavian Stephens, the Lakers played a very competitive final game versus CMAS before coming up shot. Jaylen Lee and Mark Cox both had strong tournaments and 6-8 Ubly freshman Trenton Morell showed a great deal of improvement as well.
The U-17 Lakers very nearly pulled off an upset Friday night over ACB, but the momentum didn’t carry over to Saturday. The 17s went 1-3 on the weekend despite the inspired play of Flint Powers sophomore guard Prescott Myers, who continuously sets the bar for effort. Goodrich junior Nathan Landsgaard only played in two games, but was the Lakers’ top offensive option in both.
U-17: Prescott Myers, Flint Powers (pictured below)
U-16: Zeshawn Parker-Jones (Lapeer West) and Rayshon Thomas (IAF)
U-15: Marquavian, Swartz Creek
Five for Fighting (fighting for rebounds, loose balls, stops and playing time)
1.) Prescott Myers, Flint Powers (U-17)
2.) Cullen Turcyzn, Lapeer West (U-16)
3.) Marquavian Stephens, Swartz Creek (U-15)
4.) Rayshon Thomas, IAF (U-16)
5.) David Withey, Swartz Creek (U-17)
Reminder: Read through our program expectations again.
Pictures from the weekend can be seen here.