Meet the 2013-14 Enquirer All-City Boys’ Basketball Team, as selected by the city coaches and the Enquirer sports staff.
Battle Creek Central
A four-year starter for Battle Creek Central, Bowser had a big senior season from his guard position and was a key scoring option for the Bearcats as he earned all-conference honors for the first-place squad in the Southwestern Michigan Athletic Conference East Division.
Bowser finished with 10.6 points per game and over two assists a game as BCC went 18-3 on the season.
“Joseph was moved to the shooting guard position this year and he shot the ball well the entire season. His ability to take the ball to the basket off the dribble made him a dual threat,” BCC coach Greg Williams said.
Battle Creek Central
A four-year player for Battle Creek Central, Joyner was instant offense for the Bearcats as he took the role as sixth man during his senior year. A versatile forward, Joyner earned all-conference honors in the Southwestern Michigan Athletic Conference East Division while helping the Bearcats to a division title.
Joyner had 11.7 points per game as BCC went 18-3 on the seasons.
“Mafiaion could have started on this team, but his ability to score coming off the bench was a big advantage for our team, he was our leading scorer this season,” Williams said.
Battle Creek Central
Trigg was Battle Creek Central’s main post option as he used his physical play to give the Bearcats some scoring in the paint as he finished with all-conference honors and helped BCC win the Southwestern Michigan Athletic Conference East Division for a second year in a row.
Trigg finished with 11.8 points per game, 5.0 rebounds and 1.5 steals as BCC went 18-3 on the season.
“Curtis was the post player we needed to make our system work. He commanded double teams, and hit his teammates for open shots. Curtis really matured as a player this year and is the big reason we had a great year,” Williams said.
A key leader on a young Harper Creek team, Cadena had a big junior season as he was a consistent force on a team that went through several transitions during the season as he shot 49-percent from the floor. Behind the play of the swingman, Harper Creek was able to win a second-straight district title as Cadena earned individual honors by being named all-league in the Southwestern Michigan Athletic Conference East Division.
Cadena finished with a team-high 14 points per game with six rebounds a contest as Harper Creek went 16-7 on the year.
“James was our most consistent scorer all year. He took a big jump from last year. His motor runs non-stop and he has a natural sense to just find the ball at both ends of the floor. James loves the game and his passion for the game is evident in the way he plays.” Harper Creek coach Matt Bowling said.
Bivens was one of Lakeview’s best one-on-one defenders and rebounded very well from his guard position. The all-around athlete, who has signed to play baseball at the University of Michigan, was an honorable mention selection on the All-SMAC East Division team.
Bivens finished with 11.2 points per game and 5.0 rebounds and was voted most competitive by his teammates as he helped the Spartans to a 9-12 record.
“Jake was the guy we always put on the other team’s best guard and he loved that role. Jake used his competitiveness to often lead our team by example. There is not another player who cared more and competed harder than Jake,” Lakeview coach Steve Wichmann said.
Ernsberger was Lakeview’s leading scorer, leading rebounder and team MVP. He is a three-year varsity player who developed into one of the best big men in the SMAC. He was voted all-conference in the SMAC East Division and makes a return trip to the All-City squad.
Ernsberger finished with 14.5 points per game and 8.7 rebounds as he helped the Spartans to a 9-12 season.
“I think a lot of teams game-planned to stop Donnie and that opened up things for his teammates. Donnie is a great kid who worked very hard to become the player he developed into. It will be difficult to replace someone with his high basketball ability, work ethic and will to win,” Wichmann said.
As a first-year starter, Brown blossomed his senior season and helped lead the Panthers from his point guard position and did a good job of getting the ball in the right places for the inside-outside offense of Pennfield.
Brown finished with 10.3 points per game and 4.1 assists while also coming up with 2.2 steals a game for Pennfield, which finished 13-9 on the season.
“Aaron was probably our hardest working player and was always in the gym. He did an outstanding job of handling the ball and was a super passer. Aaron carried us in some games late in the season had several 20-point games and a couple double-digit assist games,” Pennfield coach Steve Grimes said.
As a three-year starter, Grimes had a big senior season as team captain and the key offensive weapon for the Panthers from the outside with 39 3-pointers on the year. Grimes earned first-team all-league honors in the Kalamazoo Valley Association.
Grimes had a team-high 14.9 points per game and averaged 2.8 assists and 2.3 steals a game as he helped Pennfield to a 13-9 record.
“Jake was a very consistent scorer and a team leader. He matured a lot this year and learned how to play with his teammates, while usually getting a lot of defensive attention. A good passer and ball-handler, he just was a great coach on the floor who did a lot of calling of plays,” Steve Grimes said.
As a 6-foot-10 center, Lowe dominated the paint at times for the Panthers during his junior season. Lowe forced other teams to account for him on the offensive end and he changed the game on the defensive end with a school-record 89 blocks. Lowe finished with first-team all-league honors in the Kalamazoo Valley Association.
Lowe finished with 11.9 points per game and 9.3 rebounds a contest while shooting 64-percent from the floor as he helped Pennfield to a 13-9 record.
“Ryan was one of our most improved players and dominated several games in the second half of the season. He was a definite difference maker when he was on the floor. His presence defensively being around the basket was huge for our team,” Grimes said.
Cloward played just one season for the Tigers, coming in for his senior season, but the guard made his time count as he helped the team win postseason crowns in the district and the regional as St. Philip finished with a school-record number of wins at 24. As one of the top players in the league, Cloward helped the Tigers to a Southern Central Athletic Association title.
Cloward finished with eight points a game and 3.5 assists a contest.
“Isaac plays with a lot of strength and quickness and had excellent ball-handling ability. He is always looking for the open guy and getting his teammates involved. Isaac is one of the strongest guards in our league and could play down low,” St. Philip coach Dino English said.
Doyle was a senior leader and a go-to player in the post for a record-breaking St. Philip team that won a district and a regional on the way to a 24-2 season. As one of the top players in the league, Doyle helped the Tigers to a Southern Central Athletic Association title as well as earning honorable mention All-State honors in Class D individually.
Doyle finished with 10 points per game and seven rebounds a contest and was a team captain for the Tigers.
“Alex had a great senior year and was our go-to man. Alex would do whatever was needed on offense and defense. He is a solid player and an unselfish team player. Whenever we needed rebounds or to score, we could rely on Alex to produce,” English said.
Hubbard-Neil makes a return trip to the All-City team and had a big senior season as he helped the Tigers to district and regional crowns with his all-around play as St. Philip went a record-breaking 24-2 on the year. As one of the top players in the league, Hubbard-Neil helped the Tigers to a Southern Central Athletic Association title.
Hubbard-Neil led a balanced St. Philip offense attack with 11 points per game and a team-high eight rebounds a contest.
“Tyler plays the game at a high level and was one of the best all-around athletes that I’ve ever had the opportunity to coach. He was a leader in rebounds and one of our top scorers. We will greatly miss his enthusiasm and leadership,” English said.
Dreyson English (St. Philip), Hunter Haley (St. Philip), Mohammed Albagami (BCC), David Templeton (BCC), Phil Robinson (BCC), C.J. Foster (Lakeview), Ethan Everett (Pennfield), Travon Johnson (Harper Creek), Khylen Watkins (Harper Creek), Brandon Hutson (Harper Creek), Trevor Johnson (Harper Creek), Jack Thompson (Harper Creek)