Lucas Leads Eaglets to Friendship Title

Lucas Leads Eaglets to Friendship Title

The senior hobbled off the court under his own will after an apparent foot injury. But, slight injury wouldn't keep the point guard from re-entering the game to seal the deal. His injury was noticeable however, he was still able to beat the U of D trap.

DETROIT - Quick, tough, and scoring are attributes often associated with one of the nation's top prep point guards and Michigan State commit, Kalin Lucas.

But, before he heads off to East Lansing he has some unfinished business at the prep level.

The first was to repeat as Catholic League Champions and he piloted Orchard Lake St. Mary's to a 68-51 win over the University of Detroit-Jesuit completing mission number one.

Lucas controlled the tempo throughout the game scoring 28 hitting 12 of 20 from the field. His personal 9-0 scoring run to start the game also included a pair of threes sandwiching a lay-up and one.

"I had to come out strong in the first 2-3 minutes of the game. We had to come out hard," were Lucas' takes on the his early scoring.

When he wasn't scoring, he set his teammates up for easy buckets and anticipated steals on the defensive end. The Eaglets were coasting towards victory with an 18-point lead when injury struck Lucas at the fourth quarter's 4:30 mark.

The senior hobbled off the court under his own will after an apparent foot injury. But, slight injury wouldn't keep the point guard from re-entering the game to seal the deal. His injury was noticeable however, he was still able to beat the U of D trap.

I caught up with him post-game and he told me his injury was on the outside of his right foot but, wasn't sure of any specifics, "I'm just going to ice it."

His return to the game was a surprise but, he told Head Coach George Porritt that he wanted back in.

"I sat down and tied my shoes as tight as I could. I had to be out there."

The second is to bring the Operation Friendship title back to the Catholic League. Operation Friendship is a fundraiser event that helps students from Detroit's Public School League and the Catholic League with scholarships. Traditionally the game pits the winner of the two leagues in a battle just before Michigan's state playoffs begin.

This year the match-up is a rematch of last year and the hype should be that much more as Lucas and O.L.S.M. face University of Michigan bound Corperryale "Manny" Harris and Detroit Redford.

Lucas poured in 37 points in the matchup yesterday to knock off a stubborn Redford squad 81-79 in OT.

The MSU bound point guard keyed the winning score with just 2.3 seconds in the contest when after getting the inbound pass, he found himself matchup with Harris, but Lucas alerted found an unguarded Justin Siller for the winning basket.

The irony of the game is that Lucas and Harris are teammates in AAU and are friends off the court. In fact, the two went out to grab a bite to eat this past Saturday. Green and Blue inter-mingling but, that won't be the case this week as they both want the Operation Friendship championship and winning is the key here.

Last year O.L.S.M. couldn't pull out the victory versus Redford but, Lucas did manage 27 points.

The third is the one that will make him a house-hold name for years to come.

In Lucas' words, "(My) goal in high school is to win a state championship."

And the Eaglets' championship run will have to start with a win over West Bloomfield next Monday, March 5th, in West Bloomfield's gym. Game time is 4pm.

That's the game I'll attend and you'll find the report here on Go Spartans.net.

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