Port Huron Northern takes ‘chunks’ then ups Tyler Jamison’s game to MAC Blue basketball title – Macomb Daily

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Port Huron Northern started the basketball season full of optimism against an ambitious schedule.

Then the Huskies lost three of their first four games.

“We took our pieces,” coach Brian Jamison said. “I started to question my schedule.”

  • Lake Shore’s Jalen Awosika shoots at Port Huron Northern defenders including Tyler Jamison, right, during a MAC Blue Division game on Feb. 7, 2022. (DAVID DALTON for MediaNews Group)

  • Port Huron Northern’s Tyler Jamison shoots for two of his 31 points in a win over Lake Shore on Tuesday night. (GEORGE SPITERI for MediaNews Group)

  • Lake Shore’s Jalen Jackson passes the ball to Jalen Awosika during a holiday tournament match against Warren Woods-Tower at L’Anse Creuse Nord. (GEORGE SPITERI for MediaNews Group)

Luckily for the Huskies, 2021 has come to an end, but the season hasn’t.

“The kids just kept getting better,” Jamison said. “They’ve improved a ton over the year.”

Led by Tyler Jamison, the coach’s son, the Huskies have come closer in 2022.

They have won 11 of their last 12 games, including a 10-0 run against MAC Blue that made Port Huron Northern the No. 1 seed in the division for the MAC Blue/Gold tournament which begins Thursday.

“It’s a great feeling,” Tyler Jamison said after the Huskies won the Blues championship with a two-point win over Lake Shore on Feb. 7. “It’s starting to materialize – all the hard work is paying off.”

Jamison scored 28 points against the Shorians that night.

It was a relatively modest production for the 6-foot-5 junior who plays wherever the Huskies need him.

The multi-sport standout who is also on the track and tennis teams scored a school-record 47 points in a win over Troy Athens on Dec. 30, then poured in 57 against Cousino in a the Blue Division on January 1. 18.

“He’s had a great year so far, former PHN player Brian Jamison said. “He’s been a great leader for us.”

Tyler sank two free throws that gave the Huskies the lead for good in the title-clinching win at Lake Shore.

“At the end of the game I want the ball in my hands,” he said.

Huskies too.

“He really gives us a calming presence,” Coach Jamison said. “He bounces back well. And it’s nice to know that when things aren’t going well, he can bring us a bucket.

Port Huron Northern lost to L’Anse Creuse North, Detroit Catholic Central and Ferndale in the 1-3 start.

Then came victory over Troy Athens and a victory in the Blues’ opener against Fraser.

“I think the biggest thing we took away (losses) was the speed these teams were playing and the pressure they were applying. And maybe some of our guys didn’t have the confidence that they have now.

“I knew we had a good chance. I wasn’t 100% sure we would be able to win (the division), but the kids got better.

The Jamisons Bridge eras of Port Huron Northern basketball.

Brian played for a team that won the Eastern Michigan League Championship, which later merged with the MAC.

Tyler helped the Huskies win the MAC Gold title as a ninth grader.

Port Huron Northern opens the MAC Blue/Gold tournament against Cousino, the Blues’ fourth seed.

Second-seeded Lake Shore hosts third-seeded Fraser.

In the Gold bracket, Warren Woods-Tower (4) is at South Lake (1) and L’Anse Creuse (3) is at St. Clair (2).

Next Tuesday, the winner of the Port Huron Northern-Cousino game faces L’Anse Creuse-St. The winner of Clair and the winner of the WWT-South Lake matchup face the winner of Lake Shore-Fraser in the semifinals.

The championship game will take place at Fitzgerald on February 26.

The Red/White and Silver/Bronze tournaments follow the same format with first-round matches on Thursday, semi-finals on Tuesday and finals in Fitzgerald a week from Saturday.

First and second seeds for other divisions: Red — Dakota and Chippewa Valley; White – Romeo and Eisenhower; Silver—Lincoln and Lakeview; Bronze – Madison and center line.

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