It’s not easy starting a season 1-4.
But as the Cardinal Mooney boys basketball team has found out, perseverance can still take you a long way.
After getting off to the aforementioned slow start, the Cardinals (10-5) have gone 9-1 and have been riding a wave of momentum during their current six-game win streak.
“There is no doubt we have done it by playing defense,” Cardinals coach Mike McAndrews said. “With a young team coming in, we knew it would be a growing process.
“We have the ability to score, but we are not going to shoot really well every night. But if we play defense every night, that will give us a chance. We have to play hard on defense and rebound.”
The Cardinals are now focused on preparing for a Catholic League playoff run. McAndrews said the Cardinals haven’t won a Catholic League playoff game in eight years but hopes that streak ends on Saturday when they play in a quarterfinal against Allen Park Cabrini at noon at Sacred Heart.
The Cardinals will face Lutheran North today in a measuring-stick game. North placed second in the Catholic League Intersection 1, the division over the Cardinals.
“We wanted to schedule a game before the Catholic League playoffs began against a bigger school,” McAndrews said. “We know they are a really good basketball team. They finished second in the upper division.
“It will be nothing more than a test to see how good we are and where we are at. And then we will have an opportunity on Saturday.”
In other action: Yale continues to hold the top spot in the poll after a perfect week. Richmond, meanwhile, takes the second spot after a big win against Imlay City last week.
Yale and Richmond remain in a tie atop the Blue Water Area Conference standings. Port Huron found its way into the third spot of the poll by upending Mount Clemens on the road Friday, and Cardinal Mooney slides into the fourth spot.
Peck is fifth after another perfect week and is followed by St. Clair and Marysville, which each suffered a tough defeat last week.
Marlette, Capac and Port Huron Northern round out the poll.
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Times Herald Boys Basketball Poll
•3. Port Huron
•4. Cardinal Mooney
•6. St. Clair
•10. Port Huron Northern