Chuck Pleniess, The Macomb Daily
The tradition continued at New Haven High School on Friday night.
And the tradition continued as to what boys basketball team walked out with the tournament trophy.
The Rockets won an eighth straight Holiday Rocket Classic, 77-51, over South Lake.
“It’s great to have this during the holidays so families can come and see us play,” said New Haven coach Tedaro France II, who began the tournament eight years ago. “We always draw a good crowd. We’ve had the same teams four years in a row so it’s sort of becoming a tradition.”
Romeo Weems led New Haven (7-1 overall) with 27 points and Jamir Farrior added 18. Ronald Jeffrey III chipped in 13 points.
The Rockets led by just three points late in the second quarter before extending it to a 13-point lead at halftime, 35-22.
“We had a slow start and missed a lot of layups,” France said. “We have to complete plays. If it’s there we have to score.”
New Haven lost in the Class B state semifinals last season after winning the Class B state championship in 2017.
“South Lake played hard,” France continued. “We’re going to get each team’s best no matter who they are.
We picked it up defensively and got some transition shots. And we started to make shots. When you score you win.”
A 16-2 run greeted the Cavaliers out of halftime.
“We lost focus of taking care of the ball,” South Lake coach Kurt Wilson, Sr. said. “We’ve got to take care of the ball. We had a good first quarter and a good first half of the second quarter. We just did a terrible of taking care of the ball.
“We’re just as athletic and just as fast, with the exception of Romeo,” Wilson added. “We have some work to do.”
Jeffrey ended with five assists.
Weems finished 11 rebounds, seven steals and five assists. Farrior totaled nine rebounds and seven assists. Brent Wiles took down rebounds. Jasaan Gantt and Malen Lewis also grabbed six boards each.
“He’s just having a great year,” France said of Weems. “He does it on both ends of the court and he’s such a great leader in practice. He works hard. When your best player is the one working hardest it makes your team better.”
South Lake (4-5) got 10 points from Codee Harris and nine out of Jalen Rease.
“We played good half-court ball, but basketball is about up-and-down,” Wilson said. “If you can’t take care of the ball it doesn’t add up to wins and that’s against any team.”
ROCKET HOLIDAY CLASSIC CONSOLATION
MICHIGAN COLLEGIATE 56, MOUNT CLEMENS 53
Mike Blythe scored 14 points and DeQuan Anderson added 13 to lead the Cougars (2-4) in the consolation game of the Rocket Classic. Carleton Smith followed with 11 points, while Jimier Cannon chipped in nine and Trey Redding added eight.
The Bathers got 23 points from Javaughn Hannah and 14 out of Delano Williams. Matthew Coffey netted eight.
Rocket Holiday Classic Champs! Great victory over South Lake 77-51 to win our 8th consecutive Rocket Holiday Classic. Proud of our boys and the hardwork, dedication and selflessness they display daily.
#WintheDay #BrickbyBrick #FAMILY
JV Rocket Holiday Classic Champions: Congrats to the South Lake JV boys basketball team on winning the JV Division of the Rocket Holiday Classic
Good win in the Semi-Final in the Rocket Holiday Classic 84-42 over Mt Clemens. Boys played hard smart & together. Championship game tomorrow vs South Lake 6:00pm. Our JV team beat Mt Clemens to advance to the championship game of JV bracket vs South Lake at 2:00pm #FAMILY
Rocket Holiday Classic Schedule
December 27th, 2018
12:00 noon (JV) South Lake vs Michigan Collegiate
2:00 pm (JV) Mt Clemens vs New Haven
4:00 pm (Varsity) South Lake vs Michigan Collegiate
6:00 pm (Varsity) Mt Clemens vs New Haven
December 28th, 2018
12:00 noon (JV) Consolation
2:00 pm (JV) Championship
4:00 pm (Varsity) Consolation
6:00 pm (Varsity) Championship
PITTSBURGH - Sophomore Eric Williams Jr. (Port Huron, Mich.) and freshman point guard Sincere Carry(Solon, Ohio) were named Atlantic 10 co-Player and Rookie of the Week respectively for their performances in Duquesne's two games last week.
It is just the third time in school history - and first time since March 1, 2009 (Aaron Jackson and rookie Eric Evans) - that Duquesne has had a Player and Rookie of the Week in the same week.
Williams Jr. averaged 21.0 points and 10.5 rebounds in a loss to Penn State and overtime win over Eastern Kentucky. The 6-6 swingman hit a pair of free throws with 10.2 seconds left to tie the game vs. the Nittany Lions and hit a jump hook with 14 seconds left that proved to be the game-winner vs. EKU. His two free throws with 18 seconds left in regulation sent the Eastern Kentucky game to overtime.
Williams Jr., who had 21 points and seven rebounds vs. PSU and followed that with 21 points and 14 boards in 44 minutes vs. EKU, shot .522 for the week, including 7-of-15 from the 3-point arc. He also went 11-of-12 from the foul line.
It is the first Player of the Week honor for Williams Jr., who won or shared Rookie of the Week honors four times last season.
Carry stuffed the stat sheet averaging 14.5 points, 5.5 rebounds, 5.0 assists and 5.0 steals per game for the week. Carry had 15 points, six rebounds, six assists and six steals vs. PSU. The six steals were the most by a Duke since 2011. He followed that with 14 points, five rebounds, four assists and four steals in the win over Eastern Kentucky.
Carry currently ranks third nationally in steals per game (3.17) and 31st in assists per game (5.9).
Carry is the second Duke to earn Rookie of the Week honors this season, joining Auston Rotroff (Wauseaon, Ohio) who was named ROW on Nov. 12.
Duquesne (9-3) returns to action on Dec. 31, when it takes on NJIT at the Palumbo Center at 2:00 p.m. (ESPN+). Click here for tickets for DU's 10 remaining home games.
Big league victory on the road over Grosse Pointe North 74-38. Boys played hard, smart & together. Efficient & accountable repetition in practice creates consistent fundamental habits in game play. A ways to go & boys are getting better daily
Solid league victory over Grosse Pointe South 68-62 to move to 2-0 in league play. Brick by Brick #WintheDay #FAMILY
Good home victory 79-19 over Utica Ford to open league play. Boys played hard, smart and together! #BrickbyBrick #WintheDay #FAMILY
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