– WYANDOTTE WARRIOR
The Wyandotte Roosevelt High School’s boys’ basketball team is showing why they are last year’s defending district champions as this year’s playoffs draw near.
The Bears beat Lincoln Park 56-43 on Valentine’s Day and as of press time sit atop the Downriver League with an 11-1 record, 12-3 overall. Their only league loss was at home to Woodhaven, 55-44, who they had beaten 55-46 on the road Jan. 10.
Also at press time, Woodhaven had just two league losses, one to Roosevelt and one to Trenton, followed by Gibraltar Carlson with three league losses and four overall.
On Jan. 31 at Southgate Anderson, Jimmy Breaux and Delonte Wyatt led the way to a 65-42 win in what Coach Ron Adkins called one of his team’s best efforts of the season.
“Sometimes we come out and let other teams dictate the tempo,” he said. “but we came out with great effort and they never got anything going. We were able to play everybody.”
The Bears came up with a similar effort in the Feb. 14 game against Lincoln Park, although the Railsplitters hit eight three-point shots, six in the first half, but just two in the second half. Wyandotte led by eight points at the half and outscored the Rails14-4 in the fourth quarter. Junior Ethan Saenz had four three-pointers in the game for Roosevelt.
In the second half at home against Trenton on Feb. 7, Saenz hit four three-pointers, and Jimmy Breaux led his team with 25 points.
In a 54-45 home win over Taylor Truman/Kennedy Feb. 4, senior guard Hayden Loya helped out by knocking down a couple of three-pointers.
The 6-foot, 7-inch Breaux leads the Bears in scoring, averaging 12 points and 10 rebounds per game. The forward will play for the University of Michigan-Dearborn after graduation.
“He’s a hard worker,” Adkins said. “He’s really matured as a player and been a good leader for us.”
We’re getting contributions from everybody. It’s a pretty good deal.
But not the only one.
Roosevelt has gotten contributions from a lot of people this season, the coach said, including seniors Noah Turner and Nico Fernandez, who also plays football.
“He’s a big body,” Adkins said of Fernandez. “He’s a hustler and hard worker.
“Senior Daylen Boodie’s done well for us too. He comes off the bench and does a good job. And Cody Bowser has given us good veteran leadership.”
Saenz has made some big shots for Wyandotte at shooting guard, Adkins said, and backup point guard Carter Wilson is playing a lot of minutes. Junior Richard Clark — who also plays football — is “very athletic” and “brings a lot of energy off the bench for us.”
Sophomore Wyatt has provided some instant offense, Adkins said, usually by coming in and hitting a big shot at the right time.
“We’re getting contributions from everybody,” he said. “It’s a pretty good deal.”
Approaching the end of the season as defending district champs, Adkins said his team “will have the bullseye on our back.”
“We’re going to be very familiar with whoever we play,” he said. “We’ll have seen everybody in the league twice, and it’s always tough to beat a team three times, so we have to be sure we’re ready.
“We have to stay focused. We have to be ready for anything.”
Roosevelt finishes league play with home games against Allen Park on Feb. 25 and Anderson on Feb. 28.