GRAND LEDGE – Malek Adams has played an instrumental role in the turnaround of the Grand Ledge boys basketball program
The senior guard, who is in his third full season on varsity, has helped the Comets to runner-up finishes in the CAAC Blue each of the last two seasons. And he’s also been among the key reasons why a Grand Ledge team that lost some key contributors is once again in the thick of the conference race.
Adams hopes this is the year the Comets can capture a conference title after they’ve finished a game behind the conference champion the last two seasons. And he’s willing to do his part to help Grand Ledge accomplish that goal.
“It’s just really being a leader and being that guy that the whole team can look to for any type of situation whether that be defense, offense, sets, scoring or whatever really,” said Adams, who was voted the LSJ prep athlete of the week.
Adams was strong last week during the start of a pivotal stretch of road games for Grand Ledge, which is 8-2 overall and tied for second in the CAAC Blue with Everett with a 5-2 mark. He averaged 19.5 points and helped the Comets to road victories over Sexton and Holt. Grand Ledge will complete its stretch of road games Friday against Everett.
“We just kind of stuck to our team goals and one of our goals is to be road warriors,” Adams said of last week’s wins. “Coach brought us all together and said we can go to the halfway mark and be 6-4 or 8-2. These three games are going to set us up for the rest of the year. We just really put in the time and grinded it out in practice. We really want to make sure we get these three wins.”
Grand Ledge coach Scott Lewis has been pleased with the all around contributions of Adams, who has done well helping a team that features four sophomores find success.
“He’s obviously been a valuable part of turning around our program,” Lewis said. “He’s a great kid, has great character, a hard worker and just a basketball junkie. He’s always trying to get in the gym and get shots up. I think towards the end of the season last year, he was probably our best all-around player. To bring him back this year (is big). He rebounds really well for a guard. Defensively I think has been his biggest improvement this year. Last year he got into some foul trouble and this year he’s learned how to play defense without fouling and stay in the ball game when we need him. I think that’s been his biggest improvement.
“(There was) a little bit of an adjustment I think for the first couple games because we moved him to point guard this year. He’s got a goal to play college basketball and I think him running point for us helps him with that. It helps us because he’s our most experienced ball player, so it takes pressure off some of the other guys.”
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