Unstoppable Romeo Weems helped New Haven beat Warren Woods Tower, 66-54, to remain at the top of the Macomb Area Conference Gold Division boys basketball standings Friday.
The 6-foot-6 freshman guard has been getting a lot of buzz lately, and rightfully so.
Weems averages a double-double per game and on Friday night he did not disappoint as he racked up 18 points.
“I don't feel like I’m the best, I just go out there to win,” Weems said.
Warren Woods Tower coach, Nick Evola, tells the team that New Haven's hight is not a threat(Ally Racey | MLive.com )Weems averages 16.5 points per game and is already one of the team’s top leaders.
“To be 14 and do the things he does is just unreal,” New Haven coach Tedaro France said. “He is already a great leader, and I can’t wait to see him grow into an even better leader.
“He does a great job for us day in and day out.”
Eric Williams’ 19 points sparked New Haven (16-1, 10-0), while 6-foot-11 senior, Innocent Nwoko, added 10 points.
Nwoko, a 2016 Mr. Basketball possibility, got the home crowd on its feet in the first quarter after a dunk to ignite the team.
He said the Mr. Basketball title is a very honorable award.
“When I come to the gym I put in hard work to get better everyday,” Nwoko said.
He recently accepted a full-ride scholarship at Central Michigan University.
“Besides being a great ball player, he is just a great kid, a hard working kid and a great leader,” France said. “He brings out the best in his teammates.
“To be where he is at now just shows how hard he has worked to get to where he is.”
Tower (12-4, 7-3), trailed New Haven, 36-15, going into the second half.
Jauron Vicks scored two straight 3-pointers to rally Tower, but it wasn't enough and the team wound up falling three games behind New Haven in the MAC Gold race.
Tower coach, Nick Evola, said New Haven’s height was a concern, but an opponent like Nwoko doesn't mean beating Tower is impossible.
“Their length makes it tough, but it’s just a matter of executing the game plan,” Evola said. “If we just clean up some mistakes, then we should be confident playing teams that are our size or any size.”
Evola thought the team was nervous during the first half because of all of the blocked shots by New Haven.
After telling the team to stay calm and keep fighting, he said they came out a lot stronger in the third quarter.
“We came prepared, and we aren’t going to be timid, and we aren’t going to back down,” Evola said.
New Haven had a 51-34 lead over Warren Woods Tower going into the final quarter.
Nwoko continued to win the crowd over with his hard drives to the basket. Even the opposing fans were squirming in their seats whenever he attempted to dunk.
The deafening crowd roared when Williams scored 10 fourth-quarter points as New Haven wrapped up the win.
New Haven, the third-ranked Class B team in this week’s Associated Press poll, remains at the top of the MAC Gold standings just two games ahead of St. Clair.
Still, Williams said that the team needs to play better to secure the title.
“We need to know our roles and we will be good,” he said. “We just worked hard and we came through.”
Weems added: “We just need to play our game.”
New Haven travels to Sterling Heights, while Warren Woods Tower returns home to take on L’Anse Creuse. Both games are 7 p.m. Tuesday.
“These guys are fighters, and they work hard every day,” Evola said.