Ypsilanti guard duo leads Grizzlies to 64-55 win over Chicago Thornton
on February 06, 2016 9:52 PM
02/06 – 4:30 PM Boys Basketball FinalChicago Thornton 55Ypsilanti 64
Ypsilanti guards Jamezell Davis and Corey Allen combined for 43 points to lead the Grizzlies boys basketball team to a 64-55 win over Chicago Thornton in Saturday’s Lumberjack Classic at Midland’s Northwood University.
Allen, a point guard signed to play for the University of Detroit Mercy next season, led Ypsilanti with 22 points, and Davis, a junior shooting guard, added 21.
“Jamezell carried us early, and then Corey picked it up in the third quarter,” Ypsilanti coach Steve Brooks said.
“We’re really happy with the strong guard play and ball-handling that our team has because it makes it difficult to press us.”
Allen and Davis helped guide the Grizzlies offense against a diverse Thornton defense that brought multiple schemes and formations throughout the game.
“Thornton played a lot of different types of defenses, and I was really pleased with how the kids handled themselves,” Brooks said. “We knew nothing about them, and in those situations, we always tell the kids to trust our scheme.”
The win marked Ypsilanti’s third in five days, and the Grizzlies entered the contest with less than 24 hours separating them from their Friday night contest with Ann Arbor Pioneer.
Brooks said it took his team a little while to find a rhythm after a Ypsilanti-to-Midland bus ride that took nearly three hours and didn’t arrive until 30 minutes before tip off.
In the end, Ypsilanti’s halftime adjustments and conditioning paid off, as the Grizzlies outscored Thornton 18-7 in the third quarter and increased their lead to as many as 16 points in the fourth.
“There was really no time for pregame prep, but we were able to make adjustments at the half and impose our will in the third quarter,” Brooks said. “We pride ourselves on conditioning, and I think we wore them down with our full-court defense and transition game.
“I’m really pleased the way the week played out, and now they can finally get a day off.”