The boy’s varsity basketball team is off to an undefeated 3-0 record. With the help of the returning seniors, the team has blown by their early competition and have high hopes for the rest of the season.
Returning players include senior guards Paris Bass, Brett Houghton, Brandon Yousif, and junior center Karl Marback, all of whom were key players on last season’s team.
Their last game, a 53-45 win over Brother Rice, December 11, gave the Maples their second straight victory over the Warriors. With this win, the Maples were able to continue their winning, even without home court advantage.
With 7:05 left in the fourth quarter, Bass electrified the crowd when junior Joey Nagridge connected with him with pass from half-court that Bass turned into a onehanded- alley-oop to put the Maples up 41-33.
December 7, the Maples easily took care of Hazel Park with a 68-57 win. Junior guard Jeffery Bowman came up strong with seven points and three rebounds.
The home opener a 65-60 win against Livonia Franklin, December 4, was the Maples’ first win of the season.
Last year, the Maples finished with a 13-8 record. With this year’s talents, they have even higher expectations.
“We had a better season than expected. We weren’t as talented last year as we are now” coach Andrades said. “We should be pretty good. We are in a pretty tough conference but we have a lot of talent.”
The players on the team have high hopes for this season.
“Finish with an over .700 record and win the division,” junior forward Aaron Collins said.
Some players even have aspirations of “winning the league title,” senior guard Brett Houghton said.
With the Maples coming off a hot win against Rice, they have a lot of momentum that they are looking to bring with them to a home game against Oxford on January 18.
Another big game will be against cross-town rivals Groves on January 8.
“This year’s tough games, as always are Groves and Brother Rice,” varsity head coach Jose Andrades said.
“Also Lasher and Lake Orion, who are two of the best teams in the state.”