CHSL boys basketball teams sweep MAC foes 5-0 in Calihan Challenge

Julian Roper Jr. (1) combined defense with a 17-point offensive attack in Orchard Lake St. Mary’s victory against Roseville to keep the Eaglets a perfect 4-0 in the Calihan Challenge. (Photos by Gregg McIntosh | Mr. Mack Photography)

DETROIT — The Catholic High School League boys teams swept all five games against their Macomb Area Conference opponents Sunday afternoon at the University of Detroit Mercy’s Calihan Hall.

That raises the boys' Calihan Challenge record to 16-4 over the past four years.

The CHSL girls squads won four of five games in their Challenge contests a week earlier for an overall 12-8 record.

By virtue of their latest wins, Novi Detroit Catholic Central and Orchard Lake St. Mary’s each are a spotless 4-0 in the series.

Detroit Loyola 75, New Haven 55

Loyola’s Corey Jenkins Jr. battles for a rebound in the Bulldogs’ 75-55 Calihan Challenge victory over New Haven.

The Bulldogs went on a 22-7 tear in the second quarter for a 15-point halftime lead to pretty much dictate the game’s eventual outcome.

New Haven drew within eight, 52-44, early in the fourth quarter, but freshman guard Ryan Martin and senior Mark Maybury Jr. combined for nine successive points to settle down their teammates.

Mayberry led the offense with 16 points. Junior Kwesi Henry had 14, and Martin and senior point guard Eric Cox 11 apiece.

“We rely on Eric to get us started,” said Dennis Morey II, in his fourth year as coach. “But there’s great chemistry and a lot of energy. We never know who’s going to lead.”

Catholic Central 62, St. Clair Shores Lake Shore 55

Catholic Central’s Josiah Smith has the inside edge on a rebound in the Shamrocks' triumph over St. Clair Shores Lake Shore. Catholic Central is 4-0 in the CHSL-MAC Calihan Challenge.

The Shamrocks trailed 16-7 before finding their groove to take command, outscoring the Shorians 37-21 in the middle two quarters.

“We’ve started out slow in the two games we’ve played so far,” coach Brandon Sinawi said (Catholic Central beat Carleton Airport 61-54 in the season opener). “But we hung in. We stayed composed. This was a good experience.”

Sophomore 6-foot-6 center Cooper Craggs followed his 21-point performance against Airport with 15 in this one, including seven in a pivotal second quarter.

Adam Noteman had 11 points. Tyler Martinez, Michael Jaracz and Ryan Logan each scored eight points.

Warren De La Salle 53, Warren Woods Tower 36

Senior Josef Gjonaj scored 16 points in De La Salle’s rout of Woods Tower in the Calihan Challenge. “He’s one of the top 15 guards in the state,” coach Greg Esler says.

The Pilots flew out to a 13-4 first-quarter lead and never looked back.

“I like our defense,” said coach Greg Esler. “Holding a high school team under 40 points at this level is pretty good.”

Senior guard Josef Gjonaj had a team-high 16 points. “He’s in the top 15 in the state,” Esler said.

Will Smythe contributed nine points and Bryan Schneider eight.

De La Salle hosts West Bloomfield Tuesday night.

University of Detroit Jesuit 78, Sterling Heights Stevenson 40

Freshman Sonny Wilson turned in a spectacular 18-point performance to lead U-D Jesuit in its Calihan Challenge blowout of Stevenson.

The Cubs picked up where De La Salle left off: a blistering 18-6 first quarter with no letup: 23 points in the second quarter, 16 in the third, 21 to close it out.

Coach Pat Donnelly floored the youngest starting five of the night: a freshman and two sophomores.

The ninth-grader, Sonny Wilson, was spectacular: 18 points. The sophomores, Charles Turner and Chris Mutebi, scored nine and four, respectively.

“I was happy with our unselfishness,” Donnelly said. Ten players scored. Hitting double figures were senior Isaiah Friday (17) and junior JonMarcus Roland (13).

Senior JT Morgan, a starter on the Cubs’ Division 1 finalist last year, which lost a heart-breaker, 64-62, to Ypsilanti Lincoln, had eight points and a bushel of rebounds.

“It’s a process,” Donnelly said.

St. Mary’s 57, Roseville 32

The Eaglets followed suit: they got off to a 14-7 first quarter and coasted the rest of the way.

Coach Todd Covert was pleased with the execution on defense, but said “shot selection” on offense needs attention.

St. Mary’s has a young squad, just three seniors. One of them, Wisconsin-bound Lorne Bowman II, paved the way with 20 points.

Detroit Country Day transfer junior Julian Roper Jr. was right behind with 17. Sophomore Kareen Rozier chipped in 11.

St. Mary’s, ranked No. 4 in Division 1, hosts No. 2-rated Clarkston on Friday.