Herzog Unstoppable In Best Game Of His Career

After having a tough loss against Orchard Lake St Mary's and Kalin Lucas, Powers High and MSU commit Tom Herzog avenged that loss with a spectacular win over No.1 ranked Detroit Country Day and UM commit Alex Legion in a game flint fans won't soon forget.

OKEMOS,MI-Tom Herzog and the Powers High basketball team wanted a chance to redeem themselves after a tough loss to Orchard Lake St Mary's and MSU verbal commitment Kalin Lucas.

It looked like getting on track might take a while with No. 1 ranked Detroit Country Day, and UM commit Alex Legion coming to Flint.

However, it didn't take long to realize who was going to dominate this game in a team effort, something they got away from in the loss to OLSM.

Powers led 23-10 at the end of the first quarter and never looked back in dominating the Yellow Jackets in a 84-66 victory.

Powers was clearly upset about the previous loss and penetrated the Detroit Country Day defense at will, something that Country Day Coach Kurt Keener thought was impossible to do. In fact, Keener said after the game he had never seen anyone make his defense "look that silly" in 28 years of coaching.

Powers made all the hustle plays as well with the big man, Tom Herzog, at the center of the action. Not only did he score 23 points, grab 12 rebounds and block nine shots. It was the other things he did, like hustle after loose balls, make crisp passes, and dive on the floor at 7-feet that had impressed onlookers talking to themselves.

More impressively, Country Day has good size as well, with 6-10 Keith Benson and 6-9 Charles Tabet in the lineup for the Yellow Jackets. However, they could not contain Herzog nor the Powers team as a whole.

As impressive as Herzog was, Laval Lucas-Perry also had people talking about him, and how he seemingly outplayed Alex Legion. Lucas led all scorers with 27 points with deadly shooting and added seven rebounds and five assists with good basketball I.Q.

Lucas-Perry was simply impressive and will have many schools after him for both basketball and football. However, his basketball stock just went up.

Powers should go a long way this year and is not just a two man team. Spencer Hickoff is a junior who starred at quarterback on the state championship football team. He scored 15 of his 19 points in the second half and was fearless. Matt Wittbrodt added 10 points and five assists, and Chase Coulter scored five points and had six assists for a solid starting five.

Herzog admitted later that this was "probably the most pumped" he has ever been for a game and it showed.

As far as Alex Legion, he ended with 16 points but with Herzog in the middle, the Yellow Jackets had no inside game. Country Day had previously played against a 7-footer before in Stephen Ritzema of Pontiac Notre Dame, but apparently that was not helpful because they didn't have a clue against Herzog and company.

Herzog closed out the game for all intents and purposes on the play of the night, with a alley-oop dunk from Lucas Perry to make the score 82-62 with a minute left.

Powers now has a 15-1 record, and Detroit Country Day drops to 11-4.

GSN will have future stories as we follow Spartan commitments and recruits. So stay tuned.


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