2010-02-17 / Sports

NCTL South lead on the line for CPS boys

Tigers look to avenge two earlier losses
BY DALE BALL SPORTS EDITOR

CPS sophomore Calvin Amey (middle) feels the squeeze of a double-team from Peck’s Devin Meddaugh (left) and Tim Logghe in Tuesday night’s NCTL South hoops game. The Tigers held on for a victory and remained on top in the division. (Photo by Dale Ball) CPS sophomore Calvin Amey (middle) feels the squeeze of a double-team from Peck’s Devin Meddaugh (left) and Tim Logghe in Tuesday night’s NCTL South hoops game. The Tigers held on for a victory and remained on top in the division. (Photo by Dale Ball) Coach Cliff Amey’s youthful CPS Tigers have done everything they’ve needed to do in the last few weeks.

The Tigers are riding a seven-game winning streak that has led them to the top spot in in the NCTL South standings. Two tough adversaries, though, lie immediately ahead.

After squeezing out a win agasinst rival Peck last Tuesday and then picking up a key ‘W’ on the road at Owen-Gage on Friday, the Tigers are 11-3 in the South, 11-5 overall, going into this Friday night’s home clash with North Huron (12-1, 14-1), the North Division leader. Thy follow that up on Tuesday, February 23, at Memphis (9-4, 9-6), currently in sewcond in the Soutrh.

CPS’s last two losses came to those two teams in the first half the season, both by three points.

‘We’ve got to get one of these, unless we get help,” explained Amey, the rookie varsity coach at CPS. “We can’t take two losses or it will take us into second place.”

Winning this Friday against the Warriors, who are in the top 10 in the Class D rankings by the Detroit Free Press and the Associated Press, would ease the pressure on Amey’s team (six sophomores/ freshmen among the top nine players) going into Memphis.

The Warriors have one of the top players in the Thumb in 6’4” Sean Clancy, who is supported by veterans like Erik Dhyse and Kevin Rice.

“Clancy’s too good of a ball player to shut him down. He’s going to get his points,” pointed out Amey. “They had a kid that hit four threes against us last time, so we have limit everybody else. We have to identify their shooters and get out on them.”

Sophomore Calvin Amey (6’2”), who has posted five or six double-doubles (scoring & rebounding) this season, is CPS’s only legitimate post player. However, the Tigers have some quickness on the perimeter in players like seniors Eric Taylor and Jake Hughes and sophomore Hayden Adams.

Coach Amey believes his team will need to use that quickness down at Memphis on Tuesday.

“Memphis is a tough place to play. It’s down south, and when you go south (of the Thumb) everything is called differently (by the officials),” Amey said of the more physical play. “Big and physical is what we aren’t. But, we can give Memphis some problems, too. We are quicker than they are.”

CPS 44 Peck 40

Tuesday’s game with the Pirates was the first of two critical games last week. In a game of scoring runs, the Tigers used a big third quarter to come from an 18-15 deficit at halftime to a 30-20 lead going into the fourth quarter.

“We made some adjustments at the half and we went to the press a little bit more,” explained Amey.” We scored, and, If we score, we can press and that gets the flow ... to the style we want to play.”

CPS still had to turn back a late charge by the Pirates. Two triples by Kolin York and a putback by Gerald Parthic brought Peck to within one, 41-40, with 22 seconds remaining.

Taylor then sealed the win for the Tigers with three free throws in the final 16 seconds.

The loss hurt Peck’s chase for the South title, dropping back to 7-5 (7-7 overall).

“Our big downfall all year has been scoring. That really showed in the first and third quarter,” commented Garnett Kohler, Peck coach. “But.... the kids showed some fight in the fourth quarter.”

CPS led 7-0 before Peck got on the board on a bucket York with 3:45 left in the opening quarter. The Pirates, though, went on a 15-0 run to go up by 12.

Triples by freshmen Ryan Davis and Matt Falls helped bring Tigers back to a threepoint deficit by halftime.

Hughes led CPS in scoring with 14 points and also sparked the defense with five steals. Taylor, who connected on 7-of- 9 free thriows in the fourth quarter, finished with 11 points and Calvin Amey added nine points and 11 boards.

For Peck, York led the way with 15 points. Sophomore Tim Logghe had 10 points and nine rebounds and Devin Meddsaugh chipped in with nine points.

CPS 43 Owen-Gage 32 The Tigers went ahead by nine, 17-8, by halftime behind a 10-2 edge in the second quarter on Friday night.

“When we got up by 10 in the second half,” remarked Coach Amey, “(Owen-Gage) had to come out and play man defense, and when they do that, they struggle. Then, we pulled it out a little bit (in the fourth quarter) and they had to come out foul us.”

The Tigers, who scored 20 points in the fourth quarter, sank 6-of-7 from the stripe down the stretch.

Davis led a balanced offensive attack for CPS with 10 points, coming off the bench in the second quarter to tally eight.

“He came right in and was aggressive. That’s what I had told the kids to do.... I guess he listened,” said Coach Amey.

Taylor and Adams followed in scoring with eight and seven points. Calvin Amey had six poiints and 12 rebounds.

Nick Zaleski, the Bulldogs’ leading scorer, was held to just 10 points.

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