Gabriel Richard and Grosse Ile have developed a pretty nice little non-league Downriver rivalry, opening against each other each football season and facing off again in the winter on the basketball court.
Right now, the Pioneers have the upper hand, having won the last meeting on the gridiron and the last two on the hardwood, including a Feb. 17 meeting with the Red Devils, which the Pioneers took 45-38.
Mike Holdsclaw and Mike Calhoun were the workhorses for the victorious Pioneers with 17 and 16 points respectively. Nick Szczechowski had six points to go along with six assists.
The victory was one of five during the month of February for the Pioneers.
Coach Kris Daiek’s team also beat Warren Michigan Collegiate 44-35, Marine City Cardinal Mooney 49-38, Madison Heights Bishop Foley 42-38 and Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook 47-44.
On the other side of the ledger, Richard fell to Royal Oak Shrine 51-43 and Detroit Loyola 48-36.
The game with Bishop Foley was big because it was a showdown atop the Catholic High School League Intersectional Division and the Pioneers squeezed out the win.
The game was tight all the way with the teams tied at 30-all heading into the fourth quarter. In the fourth, Calhoun and Cainan Harrison each had three-pointers as Richard outscored the Ventures 12-8 to claim the win.
Szczechowski and Calhoun each had 13 points to lead all scorers. Harrison and Holdsclaw chipped in with eight points each.
When the Pioneers finish chasing a CHSL championship and wrap up the regular-season, they will host a four-team Michigan High School Athletic Association Division 3 district tournament beginning March 23.
Joining the host Pioneers will be Cabrini, Detroit Leadership Academy and Taylor Prep.