June 7, 2009

VIDEO: Zeigler vs. Anderson at Showdown in the Valley

MIDLAND, Mich. - A break here or there in the final minute of regulation or the subsequent overtime period and Northern Michigan summer team Parallel 45 would have pulled off one of the biggest upsets of the summer against in-state heavyweight Team Detroit.

But strong play down the stretch by Trey Zeigler allowed Team Detroit to eke out a 70-68 overtime victory over a Parallel 45 team that outplayed their opponent for most of the contest.

Zeigler was the difference down the stretch for Team Detroit, which trailed by as many as seven points during the final 90 seconds. The Mt. Pleasant standout rattled home a 3-pointer, drove to the basket for a 3-point play and fought his way to the foul line to keep Team Detroit from suffering what would have gone down as one of the biggest upsets of the summer thus far.

The upset-minded Parallel 45 team was led by one of the premier players in the upper peninsula in 5-foot-10 point guard Gerritt Mortenson of St. Ignace.
Mortenson, who averaged around 25 points per game as a junior last winter is a fearless playmaker hit contested 3-pointers, drove to the basket and converted three-point plays, and made his teammates better.

Mortenson was fearless. He played with swagger and he gained the respect of nearly everybody that encircled Court 3 to watch the overtime period between Team Detroit and Parallel 45.

As good as Mortenson was, the performance of the afternoon for either team belonged to Suttons Bay star Dwaun Anderson.
A 6-foot-3 wing with plenty of athleticism and versatility, Anderson matched up with Zeigler nearly half of the contest. And when he was matched up against Zeigler, Anderson held his own and even outplayed the No. 47 player in the Class of 2010.

Anderson is a legit D-1 prospect, who has piqued the interest of a number of schools including Michigan State. On Saturday, the 6-foot-3 Suttons Bay star played like he belonged among the Top 5 in-state players for 2009.

With the spark provided by Anderson, Parallel 45 probably would not have come within 10 points of upending Team Detroit. Amazingly, it was Anderson's first game playing up with the 17's. And surprisingly, fatigue was not a factor for Anderson who made his debut with the 17's just moments after scoring the final 12 points in a come-from-behind win by Parallel 45's 16-and-under ballclub against an upset-minded bunch from the U.P. that hoisted as many 3-pointers as any team at the Showdown in the Valley.

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