It’s exactly the type of game they get up for.
The St. Clair High School boys basketball team will face a big challenge tonight when it tips off at 7 p.m. against New Haven. But the Saints aren’t shying away from the matchup.
“I remember playing against them last year,” St. Clair senior Clarke Lamb said. “They were pretty close games and intense too. (Today) will be the same as last year. It will be a battle the whole game. We need everyone out there to contribute and do their job.
“We have a bunch of guys on this team that love to compete. Each day in practice our coach does a great job of doing drills with us where we get after it. After doing it over and over again in practice it becomes second nature.”
The Rockets (1-0, 6-0) appear to have enough talent to make a long postseason run. But before they can focus on the postseason, they will first off have to fend off the Saints (1-0, 4-2) in the Macomb Area Conference Gold Division.
“They have a lot of height, and they were dunking all over the place when coach and us were at the game,” St. Clair senior Adam Tobey said. “We have to talk on defense and fly around. Height doesn’t measure heart, and we are going to do whatever we have to do to stay in it and give ourselves a chance to win in the fourth quarter.”
The Saints and Rockets have both been stingy on defense. They each allow 48 points per game. It is on offense, however, where the Rockets have distanced themselves from the rest of the pack.
They are averaging 69 points per game while St. Clair scores 57 points per night. The wide disparity in offensive production makes it essential the Saints play their style of basketball.
“We know that New Haven is very big,” St. Clair coach Shawn Sharrow said. “We have to keep them off the glass. We are hoping our style matches up. We build a culture that we will play anybody. We have to make some shots and that will help. They play for big runs.
“You have to take care of the basketball. We are telling our kids to embrace the challenge. There is no way New Haven is going to come in here and back off of our kids. They are going to crawl up and test our manhood and we will see where we are at.”
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Boys Basketball Poll
•3. St. Clair
•4. Port Huron
•8. Port Huron Northern
•9. Marine City
•10. Brown City