Courtesy of MIPrepzone
By Scott Burnstein
WEST BLOOMFIELD >> Orchard Lake St. Mary’s survived a slow start and a spunky outing from a youth-infused Rochester Adams squad Monday to finally prevail 41-35 in a Class A regional semifinal at West Bloomfield.
The Eaglets’ own young gun did most of his club’s damage on offense, as star sophomore point guard Lorne Bowman scored 16 points in the first half and hit a pair of crucial second-half 3s on his way to a game-high 22 points. St. Mary’s fell behind 12-3 after the first quarter. Bowman had 13 in the second quarter to bring his team back and nailed six treys on the night.
“Lorne kept us in the game before halftime, he carried us, put us on his shoulders,” Eaglets head coach Todd Covert said. “He’s as good as anyone we’ve ever had at St. Mary’s.”
the door and vaulted St. Mary’s into Wednesday’s regional championship game.Ethan Emerzian fired in 10 points for Adams. He’s one of seven underclassmen (two freshmen, five sophomores) on the Highlanders roster. Adams’ second leading scorer, sophomore Austin Ursuy, missed the state tournament after dislocating his knee cap late in the regular season.
“We played very hard tonight, I’m proud of the effort,” second-year Highlanders head coach Brad Crighton said. “The youth and inexperience factor reared its head late in the game with our shot selection though. We had the deficit down to one-possession, we just couldn’t get that one stop we needed.”
Crighton grabbed the reins at Adams two years ago following over a decade on the sidelines building the Stoney Creek girls program. His first year was a trying campaign: the Highlanders went 0-21. On Monday, they ended the 2018 season 14-9.
“We’ve got a good deal of talent returning, kids that love to compete,” said Crighton of the future. “We’ll bring back our top four scorers, so that’s exciting. Ethan (Emerzian) is great, he really works his tail off. We wouldn’t have been in the game tonight if it wasn’t for him.”