MOUNT PLEASANT, Michigan –There are a lot of people who think that teams at the AAU level don’t play defense, don’t play hard. That’s certainly true in many cases, but let’s be clear: teams that win play defense; teams that win play hard all the time.
The U-17 Mid-Michigan Lakers probably shocked a lot of people on Sunday afternoon in Mount Pleasant. Two people who weren’t shocked were setting on the bench. Coach Marcellus Miller and Ivan Brouwer knew what they had on the roster, and their team proved it has what it takes to compete with the best.
The Lakers went 7-0 in the tournament, winning the bulk of their games by double digits en route to the title.
In the championship final, the Lakers led CDBA by 10 at the half and cruised to an 82-75 victory. The Lakers were led by a powerful foursome in Markell Lucas (Flint Beecher), JD Tisdale (Swartz Creek), and the Lapeer West boys, Cullen Turczyn and Zeshawn Jones-Parker.
Lucas scored a team-high 21 points and Tisdale added 19 points (14 in the second half) with five assists and four rebounds. Turczyn scored 17 points with four assists and three steals. Jones-Parker was the player of the game on the defensive end and scored 14 points with five boards.
Great job everyone! We couldn’t be more proud of you.