Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Elite Eight -- Cliffhanger

The top performers from opening night of the boys basketball district playoffs

8. Jordan Dasuqi -- Clarkston
Dasuqi came up huge when Clarkston needed him most on Monday night as the Wolves fought off an upset bid from Lake Orion. The Clarkston senior drilled a pair of fourth quarter 3-pointers as Clarkston saw its lead go from just a couple of points to double digits in a matter of minutes in the final frame. Dasuqi also poured in 13 of his game-high 21 points in the district opener in the second half as Clarkston advanced to the district semifinals.

7. Nathan Drews -- Rochester Hills Lutheran Northwest
Drews found success from all over the floor for the Crusaders in Monday night's 23-point district opening win over Madison Heights Madison as he poured in a game-high 24 points as he knocked down three 3-pointers and nine total shots from the field as Lutheran Northwest.

6. Garrett House -- Birmingham Roeper
House was a force on Monday night for the Roughriders as he knocked down 13 shots from the field on his way to 27 points to lead Roeper to a 15-point win over Auburn Hills Christian in the district opener as House and the Roughriders moved on into the district semifinal where they will face Warren Macomb Christian.

5. Cam Cavazos -- Royal Oak Shrine
The Shrine junior continues to be one of Oakland County's best kept secrets as Cavazos once again proved to be dominant on Monday night. Cavazos scored a game-high 26 points in a district opener as he led the Knights to a convincing win over Pontiac Academy For Excellence and into the district semifinals.

4. Quincy Norman -- Waterford Mott
Norman was once again a workhorse in the post for the Corsairs on both ends of the court on Monday night as the Mott senior scored a game-high 18 points while swatting eight shots and grabbing a handful of rebounds to lead the Corsairs to a narrow win over Auburn Hills Avondale and into a district semifinal game with Pontiac.

3. Arben Camaj -- Rochester
Camaj has been as good as it gets in recent weeks as the Rochester senior center once again put together a dazzling performance on Monday night. Camaj poured in a game-high 26 points to lead the Falcons to a district opening win over Utica Ford and further proving that the Falcons are far from a "One man show." With the way Camaj is playing and with James Young returning from injury (scoring 16 points on Monday), the Falcons are a team that could make a deep run in the state tournament.

2. Paris Bass -- Birmingham Seaholm
On just about any other night, Bass would have picked up top honors tonight as the Seaholm senior was simply dominant. Bass recorded a double-double of 33 points and 11 rebounds, while also dishing out five assists to lead the Maples to convincing win over Bloomfield Hills Andover. Bass was definitely a man on a mission on Monday night as he helped lead a Seaholm scoring attack that scored over 90 points to advance to the district semifinals.

1. Chris Cliff -- Walled Lake Northern
Can you say clutch? After Northern had blown a sizable fourth quarter lead in Monday's district opener, Cliff came up with as big of a shot as you will find in the postseason. Cliff had ice water running through his veins on Monday night as the super-soph took a pass near mid-court, turned, took a dribble and threw up a shot at the buzzer from just inside mid-court and found nothing but the bottom of the net to lead the Knights to a thrilling win over Farmington Hills Harrison. Cliff finished with 14 points on Monday as Northern advanced to the district semifinals, where it will face North Farmington, but the last three points were as good as it gets.


  1. I'd like to see Camaj get some offers soon. What is up with that? Maybe he will just go to Rochester college.

  2. It is kind of surprising that the recruiting front is still relatively quiet (as far as I know), but I think it should start picking up soon. He's had a great 2-3 weeks and has been as consistent as anybody all season long.