Next Stop, Calihan Hall!

Troy’s Robert Banas lays up two against Warren De La Salle’s Kole Gjonaj.
(photo by Rodney Curtis/School Life Troy)

Oh Mercy, the Troy Colts are headed for the Quarterfinals!

With their 48-40 win over Warren De La Salle Wednesday night, the Troy Colts are heading to University of Detroit Mercy and quarterfinal play in the 2017 MHSAA Class A State Tournament.

Warren De La Salle’s Jordan Winowiecki gets stripped of the ball by Troy High’s Justin Wilson and Will Johansson. (photo by Rodney Curtis/School Life Troy)

Playing on a larger stage than they’ve played on in quite some time, the boys will be hitting Calihan Hall to take on West Bloomfield next Tuesday night, March 21st at 7:00 p.m.

“I have never been this far as a head coach,” said Gary Fralick. “As an assistant coach, we went to Quarterfinals in 1989. But as a head coach, this is the first time I’ve ever been in the quarters.”

This is his 32nd year as a head coach.

Troy’s Jason Dietz drives in for two. “Dietz can shoot the ball; he’s our leading scorer. He’s pretty clutch,” said coach Fralick.
(photo by Rodney Curtis/School Life Troy)

“I’ve lost four or five Regional Finals; if at first you don’t succeed, you try, try again,” Fralick said with a smile.

Warren De La Salle “usually shoots the ball a little bit better than that, but we did a good job in the zone; we did what we wanted to do,” Fralick continued. “I was real proud of the kids. And we rebounded well.”

“It’s really tough coaching against De La Salle’s Greg Esler. He’s a fantastic coach; they beat us in 2003 in the regionals here,” Fralick explained.

Troy’s Leon Ayers passes out of traffic. (photo by Rodney Curtis/School Life Troy)

When asked afterward how he thought he’d prepare his kids for the bigger stage of Calihan Hall, Fralick replied, “Well, I don’t know. It’s been a long time since we’ve been there, so hopefully my memory kicks in over the next couple of days.”

That shouldn’t be a problem at all.

Fralick concluded, “The kids have a lot of confidence in themselves and it’s growing by the game. So it’s nice to see they’re growing up. They’re feeling real confident in the way they’re playing.”

Troy’s Justin Wilson works toward the lane. (photo by Rodney Curtis/School Life Troy)