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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.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Cage Stampede

The point guard gene runs in the Fugate family. First, older brother Mike showed it off as a three-year starter and all-conference floor general at Lakeland. Now, younger brother Josh Fugate is flashing the family's hoop prowess in his second year with the Holly Bronchos.
Scoring a career-high 26 points, Fugate spearheaded Holly to a 52-30 win over Clio on Monday night at the Horseshoe, the Bronchos' home floor. Fugate, a three-year varsity performer who played his sophomore season with his brother at Lakeland, is averaging 22 points per game. Entering Monday's affair against Clio, he had scored 23 points on back-to-back occasions to lead the Bronchos to victories.
Holly, coming of the best pair of seasons in school history, lifts its record to 4-0 overall on the young season. Starting center Nick Stoll patrolled the post for the Bronchos with the authority, scoring seven points, grabbing eight boards and blocking five shots. Senior guard Anderius Gray was a sparkplug off the bench, spelling Fugate at the point with six point and five steals. This past fall Gray was an all-conference running back on a Bronchos football squad that qualified for the playoffs for only the second time in school history.
Mike Fugate is tearing up the GLIAC as a lead guard with the Saginaw Valley State Cardinals. The sophomore sensation is averaging 16 points per game (10th in the conference) and went for career-highs of 27 and 30 points respectively in recent games.
The Bronchos will be one of the favorites to win the Flint Metro League title this season and next hit the floor January 4 against state juggernaut Birmingham Detroit Country Day on the road. The January matchup with the Yellowjackets is the team's only showdown with a fellow Oakland County squad. Although head coach Lance Baylis and his Holly hoop kings don't square off with county teams often, local fans might get a treat in the state tournament with the Bronchos and Clarkston sharing a district up in Fenton in March.


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