Former Rice Standout Signs With Kentucky State

Frankfort, Ky.—Kentucky State University basketball announced the signing of 6 foot 7 junior forward, Kevin Hayes to its 2017 class on Tuesday morning.

“We’ve been recruiting Kevin for two years and are thrilled about his growth as a student-athlete,” said head coach Jamaal Jackson. “Kevin has already done some excellent things on the basketball court, but he’s only scratched the surface of the player that he will become. Kevin is very lengthy and athletic and will help us at both ends of the floor.  Kevin comes from a great family, and we are ecstatic that he is now a Thorobred.”

Hayes comes to the Capitol City as a transfer from Schoolcraft College where he averaged 11 points and five rebounds per game during the 2016-17 season helping lead them to a Michigan Community College Athletic Conference championship.

Before enrolling at Schoolcraft College, Hayes spent the 2015-16 season at Oakland Community College where he averaged 23 points, eight rebounds, and three assists per game, scoring a career-high 38 points against Wayne County Community College.

During Hayes’ high school career, the Farmington Hills, Michigan native was a two-time first team All-Catholic League member at Brother Rice High School and was voted on to the 2015 Detroit Free Press All-North Team and second team All-Metro.

Hayes will have two years of eligibility at KSU.


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Warriors Serve the Community on MLK Holiday

IMG_2980The MLK holiday is a day to remember a great individual and for the Warriors, it’s a day to give back to the community.

Every year the Warriors basketball program arranges to give back to those in need by donating their time to the community. This year’s service day project took place at Fountain of Truth Church in Detroit.

The Warriors spent a majority of their day in the youth center where they cleaned the classrooms, reorganized offices, cleaned out storage space, prepared the facility for classes and activities that they run throughout the week. This youth center is used as an education and recreational center for the community.

Head Coach, Ed Shaffer, believes it’s important for his players to give back to community, especially on a day like today: “It was a great experience. Our guys really took the day seriously. We talked about how privileged we are and how important it is to give back. And we gave back today. I’m very proud of our players, our coaches and our program today.”

Warriors Advance to Championship Game at GPS Tournament

The Warriors have advanced to the championship game of the Grosse Point South High School Holiday Tournament after a convincing 50-32 victory over Plymouth High School on Tuesday night.

After a slow start for both teams, which had the Warriors leading 17-9 at the half, the 3rd quarter proved to be the difference maker for the Warriors as they outscored the Wildcats 20-12 and stretched their lead to 16 points going into the 4th quarter.

The Warriors were able to frustrate the Wildcats all night by holding them to under 20% shooting, while the Warriors were able to shoot a blistering 76% from the field in the 2nd half.

Additionally, the Warriors totaled a season high 17 assists, six from Junior, Matt Torey.

The Warriors were led by Junior, Michael Laurencelle with 15 points and Sophomore, James MacKenzie with 13 points on four three-point makes.

The Warriors will play for the Grosse Pointe South High School Holiday Tournament championship on December 29th against Grosse Pointe South High School. Tip-off is 7 p.m.

Warriors Score Upset Against Divine Child

czrkk-bxuae7zfw-2The Warriors have arrived! After suffering an embarrassing defeat against Divine Child last year, the Warriors were able to score an upset victory Friday night, 55-51.

“We came out fast,” said Head Coach, Ed Shaffer, as the Warriors raced out to an early 6-0 lead in the opening minute by knocking down a pair of three-point makes.

After exchanging leads in the first half, the Warriors led the Falcons, 29-25 at the half.

After a few minor defensive adjustments coming out of the locker room, the Warriors opened up a 15-point lead midway through the 3rd quarter.

However, the Falcons, with some pressure defense, would battle back to tie it at 50 with just over a minute to go in the game.

Junior, Matt Torey would score the go-ahead bucket on a strong take to the basket to give the Warriors a 52-50 lead.

After a timeout call by the Falcons, they looked to set up a backdoor play for Junior, Quinn Blair, but were denied by a gutsy, Michael Laurencelle who slid over to take the charge to preserve the lead and eventually a victory for the Warriors.

“Divine Child is a very good team, with very good personnel, and this win lets us know we can play with—and beat—those kind of teams,” said Shaffer.

Junior, Laurencelle not only made the defensive play of the game but also led the team with 15 points. Sophomore, James MacKenzie also chipped in with 12 points and Junior, Jack Moran dropped in 11 points.

The Warriors (2-0) will take on crosstown rival, Seaholm High School (1-1), Tuesday, December 13th at Brother Rice High School. Tip-off is set for 7:30pm.

Shutdown Defense Leads the way for Warriors on Opening Night

It looks like the sacrifices made by Coach Shaffer going young last season have paid off after a convincing 62-39 victory over Ferndale High School.

After working through some opening-minute jitters, the Warriors raced out to an 18-11 lead in the first quarter with some tough inside scoring from junior, Michael Laurencelle.

Throughout the second quarter, Ferndale was able to keep the game close by disguising defenses and applying pressure to force 10 Brother Rice turnovers.

Despite the turnovers and 34% shooting in the first half, the Warriors led 30-22 at halftime.

The third quarter proved to be the difference-maker in the game as the Warriors outscored Ferndale 15-5, and held them scoreless for most of the period. “The difference was our defensive effort in the second half. We came out of the locker room at halftime with focus and energy, and everything got easier after that,” said Head Coach, Ed Shaffer.

Additionally, juniors, Billy Nelson and Cal Ruprich, provided a big spark on the glass by getting several second chance opportunities for the Warriors. The Warriors outrebounded Ferndale 45-30 for the game.

The Warriors were led by senior, Nik Massey with 13 points and 7 rebounds, and junior, Cal Ruprich, with 13 points and 6 rebounds.

The Warriors take on Divine Child at home this Friday, December 6th, at Brother Rice High School. Tip-off is at 7:30pm.

Warriors Spend Holiday Giving Back to Community

photo 4Across the country, many students spend MLK day remembering the great Martin Luther King. The Warriors spent the day giving back to the community by donating 3 hours of their time to the Baldwin Center.

A total of 44 student-athletes and 5 coaches all spent the day at the Baldwin Center doing a variety of services needed to help in whatever way was needed. From organizing to cleaning, the Warriors proved once again what the program is all about.

Varsity Head Coach, Ed, Shaffer, said, “[ It’s] one of the best things we do. It’s become a great tradition where our guys spend some time serving others and appreciating all they have.”

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Brother Rice prevails late over Royal Oak Shrine

BIRMINGHAM – An early season Catholic school matchup came with an early Christmas present for the Brother Rice Warriors and a bit of stocking coal for the visiting Royal Oak Shrine Knights.

The Warriors eked out a 45-42 win in a seesaw matchup that saw the lead change hands six times throughout the game.

Brother Rice led most of the contest, building a 10-point lead in the third quarter (40-30) and creating turnovers to chip away and take the lead, 42-41, with 20 seconds remaining.

Warriors sophomore Jack Moran then nailed a 3-point shot just five seconds later to give Brother Rice the edge at 44-42. Nick Massey tacked on a free throw for the final point and 45-42 win.

The victory breaks a three-game skid for the 2-3 Warriors as Shrine drops to 1-3.

Early on, the Warriors used their strength and height inside to break down the Shrine defense. Brother Rice head coach Ed Shaffer was relieved afterward.

“That was the gameplan. We felt like we had a physical advantage inside and we’ve

been working on that the last couple of days,” he said. “I’ve been surprised at how good our inside play has been this year and this was the game to take advantage of that.”

Warriors sophomore Michael Laurencelle led all scorers with 17 points. Senior Varcelus Seaton followed with nine and sophomore Cal Ruprich had eight. The Warriors were 4-for-8 from the free throw line.

For Shrine, Ethan Groth had 16 points and the team was 5-for-6 from the charity


Knights head coach Jim Skaggs had his team ready but key, late missed opportunities doomed them.

“I thought we did a great job – it went back and forth the whole game and the second half we played outstanding,” Coach Skaggs said. “We held them to five points in the fourth until that three at the end. We missed quite a few layups and we just couldn’t finish. It’s a little frustrating but I’m very proud of them. Brother Rice was physical but we played with them.”

Brother Rice scored first in the first but Shrine quickly tied it. The Warriors broke out to a five-point lead at 9-4 at the five-minute mark but Shrine went on a six-point run to end the first with a 10-9 lead.

In the second, Brother Rice’s Gianni Wile banked in a 3-pointer, followed by Seaton hitting one as well, to give the Warriors a five-point lead at 15-10 just 30 seconds into the second. The Warriors stretched their lead to seven at 19-12 when Cal Ruprich was fouled when he hit a shot in the lane for a three-point play.

The Knights hung tough and went on a 9-2 run to tie the score at 21 apiece when Gross hit a 3-pointer at the 3:30 mark. Brother Rice then pushed its lead to 25-21 and held Shrine scoreless the rest of the half.

The team’s traded buckets to start the third but Brother Rice’s inside game with Laurencelle and Ruprich helped push the lead to 10 points. Shrine whittled it back to six by the end of the third, 40-34.

The fourth quarter was miserly with points as each team could only muster eight points apiece. The Knights had to start fouling with under a minute to try and keep the game close and preserve clock but couldn’t convert on an open shot after a steal that would have given them the lead.

“That coaching staff is doing a good job and they’ve got solid players over there,” Shaffer said. “But we got a win and they’ve been working their tails off. We were calm down the stretch and we had a sophomore hit that big three in the corner and a junior with no playing time who hit the free throw to give us some cushion.”

Skaggs knew his team had a chance.

“We played too much zone and they got six points right off that,” he said. “I thought at the end we had a chance. We keep building and we’re looking at the Catholic League Championship.”

Last Updated: 12/22/2015 11:51:42 PM EST