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Burney's Bytes will focus primarily on the local preps sports scene, but will also touch on some college and pro athletics, mostly in regards to athletes who hail and have played high school sports in Oakland County. My goal for the blog is to be conversational and anecdotal, a more relaxed and free formal take on high school athletics than you see in regular game day coverage.

Saturday, December 26, 2009

The Great Burnzini Returns - Holiday Season Hoops Picks

Southfield-Lathrup v. Detroit Denby (at Birmingham Detroit Country Day) – If the Tars' Isaiah Sykes (Detroit Finney transfer) was eligible to play I might feel differently, but the Chargers have been playing tough in their opening season losses and I see them breaking through into the win column against Denby Saturday night. Roy Marble goes for another double-double and Drew Gilchrest hits a big-time "3" down the stretch to pull out the win for Lathrup.
SL 74, Denby 71
Auburn Hills Avondale v. Academy of Oak Park (at Birmingham Detroit Country Day) – This game will be a close one for sure. AOP has some D1-quality talent in Demetrius Abner, Kendrick Ward and Cimerone Porter and they will be an interesting match-up for the Yellow Jackets' super-quick backcourt consisting of Ray Tillman, Tony Harris, and Tre Webb. The difference in this game could end up being the play of the Avondale frontcourt comprised of Malcom Little and Ryan Brancheau. Burney foresees Tillman drilling a buzzer-beater from the foul line to win it for the 'Jackets.
Avondale 76 AOP 74 (OT)
Pontiac v. Goodrich (at Birmingham Detroit Country Day) – The fighting Phoenix are just starting to round into form, as they try to adapt to a new roster blended with several transfers and players from both now-defunct Northern and Central squads. Juwaan Moody (a transfer from Orchard Lake St. Mary's) is so hot out of the box in his new Purple digs his swagger level is approaching a cool one hundred-thousand trillion.
OLSM 80 Goodrich 65
West Bloomfield v. Yspilanti (at Birmingham Detroit Country Day) – Get busy my main man, Larry Johnson!!! Spencer Parker posts a double-double, Blake Johnson's two free throws take things into OT and Lil' Gran Mama's 3-pointer in the closing seconds on the extra-session brings home the "W" for the Lakers.
Tha WB 71, Ypsi 69 (OT)
Birmingham Brother Rice v. Berkley (at Madison Heights Bishop Foley) – Kevonte Martin-Manley celebrates his recent football scholarship to BCS-bound Iowa by getting his hoop-hustle on against the Berkley defense for a game-high 25 points. Warriors play the role of Anthony Hopkins in the 1998 thriller, "The Edge" and the Bears play, well, the Bear who Hopkins kills in the underrated late-90's climatic cinema classic
Brother Rice 67, Berkley 60
Southfield-Lathrup v. Detroit Pershing (at Detroit Cass Tech) – I love me some Roy Marble, Drew Gilchrest, and Bryan Coleman, but defeating the rock-solid and athletically-freakish Doughboys is a tall task. The Chargers put up a fight, but Keith Appling and his Pershing soldiers are just too good in the end.
Pershing 83, Southfield-Lathrup 71
Birmingham Detroit Country Day v. Madison Memorial (at Birmingham Detroit Country Day) – Ray McCallum goes all RAY MCCALLUM!!!!! …………and the 'Jackets stay unbeaten
DCD 78 Madison Memorial 58
Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook v. Clawson – You can't stop the Trojans' Joe Baker, you can only hope to contain him.
Clawson 68 BH Cranbrook 62
Birmingham Detroit Country Day v. Gary Lew Wallace (at Birmingham Detroit Country Day) – Ray McCallum goes all RAY MCCALLUM!!!!!!............and the 'Jackets stay unbeaten. Wait, didn't I just write that? Doesn't matter, McCallum and his game are out of control, completely un-checkable and won't let any team, whether a squad from the hoops hotbed of Indiana or not, come into his house and steal a win.
DCD 84 Lew Wallace 66


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