BLOG: SMCC Basketball semi-final game

(Click image for more photos) Evening News photos by TOM HAWLEY SMCC's students, the "Catholic Crazies" cheer for the television camera's at the quarterfinal game at Bangor High School.

Evening News photos by TOM HAWLEY
SMCC’s students, the “Catholic Crazies” cheer for the television camera’s at the quarterfinal game at Bangor High School. (Click image for more photos)

St. Mary Catholic Central beat Schoolcraft 71-62 Tuesday night to advance to the Class C state semifinals Thursday.  The contest begins at 1 p.m. at Michigan State University.

We will be providing live coverage of the game that will include updates, photos and video. Follow the live blog below. To engage in conversation, ask questions or simply cheer on the Falcons, type in the reply box!

Good luck SMCC!

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Megan Drabek March 21, 20131:43 pm

Photo by Tom Hawley; interview after the game.

Megan Drabek March 21, 20131:30 pm

Game stats

SMCC points: Nwosu 10, Sherman 10, Albright 4, Windham 10, Woodson 15, Kegerreis 6

Beecher points: Phifier 14, Lucas 6, Pettes 6, Morris 29, Cooper 12, Wright 2, Hurd 2, Mickels 2

Megan Drabek March 21, 20131:24 pm

The Falcons fall 73-55. What a great state run. Congratulations, SMCC and what a fabulous season!

Niles Kruger March 21, 20131:22 pm

Sam O’Lear, Kyle Heller, Travis Vuich and Nick Burman can now say they played in the state semifinals

Niles Kruger March 21, 20131:20 pm

The crowd chants “Thank you seniors”

Niles Kruger March 21, 20131:20 pm

Randy Windham empties his bench. The starters get a nice hand from the SMCC fans.

Niles Kruger March 21, 20131:17 pm

54.3 Beecher 67-55

Megan Drabek March 21, 20131:17 pm

Woodson up for two, assist by Nwosu. Time out Falcons.

Megan Drabek March 21, 20131:16 pm

Sherman good for two. With 1:13 left, Beecher leads 66-53

Niles Kruger March 21, 20131:15 pm

1:32 Beecher 66-51

Megan Drabek March 21, 20131:14 pm

Foul on Beecher. Windham to the line. He misses the first. He makes the second.

Niles Kruger March 21, 20131:14 pm

1;49 left, Beecher 66-50

Megan Drabek March 21, 20131:13 pm

Foul on Albright. Beecher to the free throw line.

Megan Drabek March 21, 20131:12 pm

Woodson tips one in. SMCC trails 64-50 with 2 minutes left in the game

Niles Kruger March 21, 20131:11 pm

Beecher 64-48, 2:35 left

Megan Drabek March 21, 20131:09 pm

Foul on Beecher. Woodson to the free throw line. He misses the first.

Megan Drabek March 21, 20131:07 pm

Windham scores to make it 60-47, Beecher. There is 4:10 left in the game.

Megan Drabek March 21, 20131:06 pm

Nwosu good for two. SMCC still trails 58-45

Niles Kruger March 21, 20131:04 pm

Beecher 58, SMCC 43 6:07 left

Niles Kruger March 21, 20131:04 pm

Woodson scored 7 points in the third quarter and now leads SMCC with 10. Sherman has 8

Niles Kruger March 21, 201312:59 pm

End of three quarters: Beecher 54, SMCC 41

Megan Drabek March 21, 201312:58 pm

Windham good for two.

Megan Drabek March 21, 201312:57 pm

Mr. Basketball goes up for a dunk to put Beecher at a 54-39 lead.

Megan Drabek March 21, 201312:56 pm

The SMCC fans are chanting “boring” as Beecher stalls with the basketball.

Megan Drabek March 21, 201312:56 pm

Woodson good for two. Beecher 52, SMCC 39 with 2:00 left in the third quarter.

Megan Drabek March 21, 201312:54 pm

Foul on Beecher as Windham goes up for a shot. Bryce heads to the foul line. He makes the first.

Megan Drabek March 21, 201312:54 pm

Woodson for two. SMCC still trails 52-36

Megan Drabek March 21, 201312:53 pm

VIDEO: Third quarter play

http://www.blogsmonroe.com/sports/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/IMG_0037.mov

Niles Kruger March 21, 201312:53 pm

Sherman has 8 points and 7 rebounds

Megan Drabek March 21, 201312:52 pm

Time out Beecher. The Bucs still lead 52-31 with 4:16 left in the third quarter.

Megan Drabek March 21, 201312:51 pm

Nwosu for two. The Falcons still trail 48-27 with 5:30 left in the third

Megan Drabek March 21, 201312:50 pm

Second quarter photo by Tom Hawley

Niles Kruger March 21, 201312:49 pm

Horribe start to the second half. The Falcons trail 48-25

Megan Drabek March 21, 201312:49 pm

Time out SMCC.

Niles Kruger March 21, 201312:48 pm

Monte Morris is really good. I can see why he is Mr. Basketball

Megan Drabek March 21, 201312:48 pm

Beecher scores to take a 44-25 lead at the beginning of the second half.

Niles Kruger March 21, 201312:47 pm

The second half has started

Megan Drabek March 21, 201312:45 pm

Our fellow sports reporter Jeff Meade is roaming the SMCC crowd gathering information for a sidebar to put in tomorrow’s paper. He is currently sitting with SMCC football coach Jack Giarmo. Good work, Jeff!

Megan Drabek March 21, 201312:43 pm

Beecher has taken the court for halftime warm-up. The clock says 2:45 until game time.

Niles Kruger March 21, 201312:42 pm

The official scorekeeper must be tougher than me. They have SMCC with 12 turnovers.

Niles Kruger March 21, 201312:42 pm

Each team has 14 rebounds. Sherman has 5 and Albright 4 for SMCC.

Niles Kruger March 21, 201312:41 pm

If you have any questions or comments, please post them. Megan and I will do our best to answer.

Niles Kruger March 21, 201312:40 pm

Halftime scoring for Beecher: Morris 15, Phifier 10, Cooper 9, Lucas 4, Pettes 2.

Niles Kruger March 21, 201312:38 pm

Halftime scoring for SMCC: Justin Kegerreis 6 on a pair of 3-pointers, Nwosu, Albright, Windham and Sherman 4 each and Woodson 3.

Megan Drabek March 21, 201312:38 pm

I will post photos of the second quarter momentarily.

Niles Kruger March 21, 201312:36 pm

SMCC doesn’t look all that nervous playing on the big stage, they simply aren’t accustomed to the type of speed Beecher posseses. The Falcons have 10 turnovers at halftime. That is very uncharacteristic.

Megan Drabek March 21, 201312:35 pm

And Beecher scores again. Score is 40-25, FB

Megan Drabek March 21, 201312:35 pm

Beecher scores for two.

Megan Drabek March 21, 201312:34 pm

Albright for two. Beecher still leads 36-22 with 1 minute left to play in the first half.

Niles Kruger March 21, 201312:33 pm

Woodson still has not scored, but he is battling some tough luck. Several shots have gone in and out, including a 3-pointer moments ago. It’s 34-20 Beecher with 1:51 left in the half.

Megan Drabek March 21, 201312:32 pm

(Photo by Tom Hawley)

Megan Drabek March 21, 201312:32 pm

(Photo by Tom Hawley)

Megan Drabek March 21, 201312:31 pm

Sherman score for the Falcons. SMCC still trails.

Niles Kruger March 21, 201312:30 pm

Key call as the officials whistle Windham for an offensive foul after he hit a circus shots. The Falcons lost two points and the ball

Megan Drabek March 21, 201312:30 pm

Time out called by Beecher. SMCC trails 30-18 with 3:46 left in the second quarter.

Megan Drabek March 21, 201312:29 pm

Albright fouls for the Falcons. Beecher at the free throw line. He makes the first shot. Nwosu subs in for the Falcons. Beecher makes the second shot.

Megan Drabek March 21, 201312:28 pm

Windham gets an offensive foul. Beecher has possession. Score is still 28-18, FB

Megan Drabek March 21, 201312:27 pm

Jump ball. SMCC has possession. The Falcons throw it away. Beecher leads 28-18

Megan Drabek March 21, 201312:26 pm

Kegerreis sinks a three-pointer. SMCC still trails 28-18 with 5:20 left in the 2nd

Megan Drabek March 21, 201312:25 pm

Beecher scores to take a 28-15 lead

Megan Drabek March 21, 201312:24 pm

Both teams record a field goal. Beecher still leads 25-15 with 6:20 left in the 2nd

Megan Drabek March 21, 201312:23 pm

The second quarter just started. Beecher has possession.

Niles Kruger March 21, 201312:22 pm

End of one quarter: Beecher 23, SMCC 12

Niles Kruger March 21, 201312:22 pm

Monte Morris leads Beecher with 8, including a fall-away 3-pointer to end the first quarter.

Megan Drabek March 21, 201312:22 pm

I will be uploading photos of the first quarter momentarily.

Niles Kruger March 21, 201312:21 pm

SMCC first quarter scoring: Nwosu and Windham 4 each, Albright and Sherman 2. Woodson has yet to score.

Megan Drabek March 21, 201312:20 pm

Beecher at the free throw line. The Falcons still trail 20-12 with 35 seconds left in the first.

Megan Drabek March 21, 201312:18 pm

Flint Beecher has taken the lead. The score is 19-12 with 1 minute left in the first quarter

Megan Drabek March 21, 201312:17 pm

Nwosu ties up up the game. Beecher responds with a field goal. Beecher leads 14-12

Megan Drabek March 21, 201312:16 pm

Two baskets from each team results in a 12-10 game, Beecher leading.

Megan Drabek March 21, 201312:16 pm

Beecher sinks another three to take the lead. FB 10, SMCC 8 with 2:38 left in the first

Megan Drabek March 21, 201312:15 pm

Beecher sinks a three to make it 8-7.

Megan Drabek March 21, 201312:15 pm

SMCC leads 8-4 with 3 left in the first. It looks like the Falcons are shutting down Mr. Basketball early in the game.

Megan Drabek March 21, 201312:14 pm

SMCC is still in the lead with 4:06 left in the first. Beecher just fouled. Windham at the line. He makes the first. He sinks the second.

Megan Drabek March 21, 201312:12 pm

FB is at the free throw line. Albright gets the foul for SMCC. The Falcons still lead 6-4

Megan Drabek March 21, 201312:11 pm

Bryce Windham scores for the Falcons. SMCC is in the lead 6-2

Megan Drabek March 21, 201312:10 pm

SMCC takes the lead, score is 4-2

Megan Drabek March 21, 201312:10 pm

SMCC ties it up with a basket from Bradley Sherman. Score is 2-2

Megan Drabek March 21, 201312:09 pm

FB leads 2-0 witha dunk with 7:30 left in the first quarter.

Niles Kruger March 21, 201312:02 pm

Beecher will start Mr. Basketball Monte Morris along with Jalen Pettes (5-10, sr), Emmanuel Phifier (6-1, jr.), Eric Cooper (6-0, sr.) and Markell Lucas (6-4, sr.)

Niles Kruger March 21, 201312:00 pm

No changes in the SMCC starting lineup. It will be Bryce Windham, Chinedu Nwosu, Kevin Woodson, Jeff Albright and Brad Sherman.

Niles Kruger March 21, 201311:53 am

The clock says 9 minutes until tip-off.

Megan Drabek March 21, 201311:50 am

VIDEO: SMCC warming up. Game time in 10 minutes

http://www.blogsmonroe.com/sports/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/IMG_0032.mov

Megan Drabek March 21, 201311:39 am

VIDEO: SMCC fans cheer before the game!

http://www.blogsmonroe.com/sports/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/IMG_0030.mov

Megan Drabek March 21, 201311:33 am

Niles Kruger March 21, 201311:19 am

Our team has arrived at Michigan State’s Breslin Center for St. Mary Catholic Central’s Class C state semi-final game against Flint Beecher. I will be doing the game story, Jeff Meade is talking to fans for a story on Page 1A, Tom Hawley is taking pictures and Megan Drabek is coordinating our web coverage. Keep following this blog for all of the latest information and photos.

4 thoughts on “BLOG: SMCC Basketball semi-final game

  1. The teams are out on the court warming up for the game. Our seats on press row are literally four feet from the floor. Megan and I will have to pay close attention. We could get hit by a loose ball or a flying player.

  2. Go FALCONS! I’m an ’87 grad living out in Tempe, AZ – I will be looking forward to following the game on this feed – Make us proud boys…

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