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Monday, December 12, 2011

An underrated rivalry

It's pretty well-known that the most decorated boys basketball rivalries in Oakland County are Clarkston vs. Pontiac and Orchard Lake St. Mary's vs. Country Day.
There are few rivalries in the state that have as much tradition and seemingly go back and forth as these games.
But there was more evidence this past Friday to why Troy vs. Troy Athens is another great boys basketball rivalry, perhaps as good as any in the area.
No matter the records of each team, the Colts and Red Hawks always seem to play close games.
Kosmo thought that Friday might be a time where the Colts would have a decided edge and produce a lopsided result, since Troy has one of the best juniors in the state in James Young and plays up a Division within the OAA from Athens.
But Athens not only dispelled any notions of a blowout, but it beat the Colts on a game-winning shot from Caleb McIntosh with 2.7 seconds remaining.
It had to have bedlam at Athens and added another chapter to what is a rivalry full of close, intense games. It's why it's one of the more underrated rivalries in the area.
- There was another team from the OAA Blue that got a big win on Friday other than Athens, and that team was Rochester. The Falcons got a big road win at Southfield, which is obviously depleted from the last two years when it advanced to the state semifinals. But still, an OAA Blue team winning at an OAA Red opponent is a significant achievement.


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