Romeo Weems dominant again in first-round victory
The New Haven Rockets, Mick McCabe’s pick to take home the Division 2 state title, opened tournament play with a definitive 71-33 victory over Macomb Lutheran North. DePaul commit Romeo Weems grabbed this rebound, dribbled behind his back and then through his legs and finished with the gorgeous assist to senior guard Ronald Jeffery III. New Haven (20-1) advances to play Algonac on Wednesday at 6:15 p.m. in a Division 2-District 64 semifinal showdown.
Pre-tournament favorite Clarkston ousted in opening round
Two-time defending state champion Clarkston was eliminated by Rochester Adams, 38-37, on Monday night. Clarkston had finished league play in the Oakland Activities Association Red division with a perfect 12-0 mark, but the upset-minded Highlanders held the Wolves to a season-low point total. Rochester Adams (18-3) plays next against Lake Orion on Wednesday at 7 p.m. in a Division 1 District 6 semifinal matchup.
King upsets Detroit PSL rival Cass Tech
Detroit King pulled off the 55-51 double overtime victory against its Detroit Public School League rival Detroit Cass Tech to open up district playoff play. King senior guard Jordan Whitford finished with 18 points, including the game-tying floater in regulation with 24 seconds left to play. King (16-4) squares off next with Melvindale on Wednesday at 5 p.m. in a Division 1-District 23 semifinal contest.
Flint Carman-Ainsworth misses game-ending layup
Flint Carman-Ainsworth, with 17 wins in the regular season, came into districts as one of the favorites to win the Division 1 state title. Yet, it is going home early after losing to Grand Blanc, 40-39, on Monday night in a Div. 1 District 4 first-round game. Carman-Ainsworth junior big man Dustin Fletcher missed an easy look at the rim as time expired, preserving the upset victory for Grand Blanc. The Bobcats (14-7) advance to play Davison on Wednesday at 7 p.m.