In Pictures: Beecher and Hamady varsity basketball celebrate 6-0 winning streak at Carmody Classic

FLINT, Michigan — The Cardmody Classic, formerly known as 'The Gotta Get It Hoop Classic,' kicked off with two undefeated Flint area teams on Saturday, Jan. 7, 2023.

The annual tradition was hosted at Grand Blanc High School which brought together the best of Michigan high school basketball talent. This year’s games featured Beecher Bucs vs. Saginaw Arthur Hill Lumberjacks, Hamady Hawks vs. Hamtramck Cosmos, Carman-Ainsworth Cavaliers vs. Detroit Cass Tech, and East Lansing Trojans vs. Grand Blanc Bobcats.

Beecher senior Robert Lee Jr. was not only selected as Most Valuable Player of the first game but also scored an all-time highest-scoring record for the Carmody Classic with 42 points. Lee Jr. led the Buccaneers’ win against Arthur Hill with a final score of 77- 44. Keyonta Menefield, scored the second-highest amount of points for Beecher with 12 field goals at the end of the game. 

Beecher junior Keyonta Menefield signals a play to his teammates during the Beecher vs Saginaw Arthur Hill game at Grand Blanc High School for The Carmody Classic on Saturday, Jan. 07, 2022. Beecher defeated Arthur Hill 77-44 (Jenifer Veloso | Flintside)
Lee Jr. continues to draw attention as one of the best in Flint with an average of 32.2 points a game. Marquise’ Gray, Head Coach, commented on watching Lee Jr. continue to excel.

“What can I say about that kid...from the time he was a freshman until now, he has grown so much and done everything that’s required of him. Now he’s reaping the benefits of all his hard work,” Gray said proudly. 

Beecher senior Robert Lee Jr. receives the MVP of the game award during the Beecher vs Saginaw Arthur Hill game at Grand Blanc High School for The Carmody Classic on Saturday, Jan. 07, 2022. Beecher defeated Arthur Hill 77-44 (Jenifer Veloso | Flintside) Hamady started the second game of the classic, attempting to find their rhythm, but Hamtramck closed out the first half leading 27-24. After the half, Hamady returned to the court on fire with an 18-0 run in the third quarter. Hamady’s run continued into the fourth starting with five field goals, creating an exciting 23-point run. 

Hamady Jakobie Boone receives the MVP award at the end of the Hamady vs Hamtramck game at Grand Blanc High School for The Carmody Classic on Saturday, Jan. 07, 2022. Hamady defeated Hamtramck 70-55 (Jenifer Veloso | Flintside) Jakobie Boose was given the Most Valuable Player of the game award for his instrumental role in changing the tide of the second half, scoring three crucial three-pointers. Boose’s second-half 18-point streak helped Hamady close the game with a strong 70-55 win against the cosmos. Hamady currently remains undefeated.

“We got off to a rocky start,” said Head Coach Lamont Torbert. “I think it was a little bit of nerves and playing in front of a big crowd. But once we started playing Hamady basketball, things started going our way. At halftime, we made a couple of adjustments and calmed our guys down. We’re just gonna play one game at a time, keep improving and hopefully make a run into the playoffs,”  Torbert said.

Beecher and Hamady both 6-0 remained undefeated as they faced each other again at Hamady on Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2023. 

Hamady and Beecher fans cheer on Jakobie Boose during the Hamady vs Hamtramck game at Grand Blanc High School for The Carmody Classic on Saturday, Jan. 07, 2022. Hamady defeated Hamtramck 70-55 (Jenifer Veloso | Flintside)


Scroll below to see more photos from Beecher and Hamady’s win during The Classic:

Beecher junior Keyonta Menefield makes a pass during the Beecher vs Saginaw Arthur Hill game at Grand Blanc High School for The Carmody Classic on Saturday, Jan. 07, 2022. Beecher defeated Arthur Hill 77-44 (Jenifer Veloso | Flintside)
Beecher Head Coach Marquise’ Gray looks at the scoreboard after a time-out during the Beecher vs Saginaw Arthur Hill game at Grand Blanc High School for The Carmody Classic on Saturday, Jan. 07, 2022. Beecher defeated Arthur Hill 77-44 (Jenifer Veloso | Flintside)
Beecher senior Robert Lee Jr. drives past the defense during the Beecher vs Saginaw Arthur Hill game at Grand Blanc High School for The Carmody Classic on Saturday, Jan. 07, 2022. Beecher defeated Arthur Hill 77-44 (Jenifer Veloso | Flintside)
Beecher senior Robert Lee Jr. dunks as junior Keyonta Minefield cheers Lee on during the Beecher vs Saginaw Arthur Hill game at Grand Blanc High School for The Carmody Classic on Saturday, Jan. 07, 2022. Beecher defeated Arthur Hill 77-44 (Jenifer Veloso | Flintside)
Beecher sophomore Wasir James drives past half-court during the Beecher vs Saginaw Arthur Hill game at Grand Blanc High School for The Carmody Classic on Saturday, Jan. 07, 2022. Beecher defeated Arthur Hill 77-44 (Jenifer Veloso | Flintside)
Beecher junior Keyonta Menefield pushes past the defense to shoot a field goal during the Beecher vs Saginaw Arthur Hill game at Grand Blanc High School for The Carmody Classic on Saturday, Jan. 07, 2022. Beecher defeated Arthur Hill 77-44 (Jenifer Veloso | Flintside) Arthur Hill Head Coat Anthony Davis talk to his players during a time-out at the Beecher vs Saginaw Arthur Hill game at Grand Blanc High School for The Carmody Classic on Saturday, Jan. 07, 2022. Beecher defeated Arthur Hill 77-44 (Jenifer Veloso | Flintside) Beecher junior Jaylen Townsend is fouled during a field goal attempt at the Beecher vs Saginaw Arthur Hill game at Grand Blanc High School for The Carmody Classic on Saturday, Jan. 07, 2022. Beecher defeated Arthur Hill 77-44 (Jenifer Veloso | Flintside) Beecher Head Coach Marquise’ Gray calls out for his players for a rebound during the Beecher vs Saginaw Arthur Hill game at Grand Blanc High School for The Carmody Classic on Saturday, Jan. 07, 2022. Beecher defeated Arthur Hill 77-44 (Jenifer Veloso | Flintside) Beecher junior Keytonta Menefield drives the ball during the Beecher vs Saginaw Arthur Hill game at Grand Blanc High School for The Carmody Classic on Saturday, Jan. 07, 2022. Beecher defeated Arthur Hill 77-44 (Jenifer Veloso | Flintside) Head Coach Marquise’ Gray talks to his team at halftime during the Beecher vs Saginaw Arthur Hill game at Grand Blanc High School for The Carmody Classic on Saturday, Jan. 07, 2022. Beecher defeated Arthur Hill 77-44 (Jenifer Veloso | Flintside) Head Coach Marquise’ Gray calls out to junior Jaylen Townsend during the Beecher vs Saginaw Arthur Hill game at Grand Blanc High School for The Carmody Classic on Saturday, Jan. 07, 2022. Beecher defeated Arthur Hill 77-44 (Jenifer Veloso | Flintside) Head Coach Marquise’ Gray talks to his team at halftime during the Beecher vs Saginaw Arthur Hill game at Grand Blanc High School for The Carmody Classic on Saturday, Jan. 07, 2022. Beecher defeated Arthur Hill 77-44 (Jenifer Veloso | Flintside)
Head Coach Marquise’ Gray talks with an assistant coach at halftime during the Beecher vs Saginaw Arthur Hill game at Grand Blanc High School for The Carmody Classic on Saturday, Jan. 07, 2022. Beecher defeated Arthur Hill 77-44 (Jenifer Veloso | Flintside)
Beecher sophomore Wasir James looks for a pass during the Beecher vs Saginaw Arthur Hill game at Grand Blanc High School for The Carmody Classic on Saturday, Jan. 07, 2022. Beecher defeated Arthur Hill 77-44 (Jenifer Veloso | Flintside)
Beecher Head Coach Marquise’ Gray talks to a referee During the Beecher vs Saginaw Arthur Hill game at Grand Blanc High School for The Carmody Classic on Saturday, Jan. 07, 2022. Beecher defeated Arthur Hill 77-44 (Jenifer Veloso | Flintside)
Beecher Head Coach Marquise’ Gray encourages junior Keyonta Menefield during the Beecher vs Saginaw Arthur Hill game at Grand Blanc High School for The Carmody Classic on Saturday, Jan. 07, 2022. Beecher defeated Arthur Hill 77-44 (Jenifer Veloso | Flintside)
Beecher teammates cheer from the bench during the Beecher vs Saginaw Arthur Hill game at Grand Blanc High School for The Carmody Classic on Saturday, Jan. 07, 2022. Beecher defeated Arthur Hill 77-44 (Jenifer Veloso | Flintside)
Beecher senior Robert Lee Jr. drives the ball during the Beecher vs Saginaw Arthur Hill game at Grand Blanc High School for The Carmody Classic on Saturday, Jan. 07, 2022. Beecher defeated Arthur Hill 77-44 (Jenifer Veloso | Flintside) Beecher junior Keyonta Menefield drives through Arthur Hill defenders during the Beecher vs Saginaw Arthur Hill game at Grand Blanc High School for The Carmody Classic on Saturday, Jan. 07, 2022. Beecher defeated Arthur Hill 77-44 (Jenifer Veloso | Flintside) Beecher sophomore Wasir James dunks during the Beecher vs Saginaw Arthur Hill game at Grand Blanc High School for The Carmody Classic on Saturday, Jan. 07, 2022. Beecher defeated Arthur Hill 77-44 (Jenifer Veloso | Flintside) Lamont Green -Torbert walks out onto the court during the Hamady vs Hamtramck game at Grand Blanc High School for The Carmody Classic on Saturday, Jan. 07, 2022. Hamady defeated Hamtramck 70-55 (Jenifer Veloso | Flintside) Hamady Amari’Yunn Blythe maintains possession of the ball during the Hamady vs Hamtramck game at Grand Blanc High School for The Carmody Classic on Saturday, Jan. 07, 2022. Hamady defeated Hamtramck 70-55 (Jenifer Veloso | Flintside) Hamady Sean Byrd drives the ball during the Hamady vs Hamtramck game at Grand Blanc High School for The Carmody Classic on Saturday, Jan. 07, 2022. Hamady defeated Hamtramck 70-55 (Jenifer Veloso | Flintside) Hamady Jakobie Boose dunks during the Hamady vs Hamtramck game at Grand Blanc High School for The Carmody Classic on Saturday, Jan. 07, 2022. Hamady defeated Hamtramck 70-55 (Jenifer Veloso | Flintside) Hamady Amari’Yunn Blythe shoots a field goal during the Hamady vs Hamtramck game at Grand Blanc High School for The Carmody Classic on Saturday, Jan. 07, 2022. Hamady defeated Hamtramck 70-55 (Jenifer Veloso | Flintside) Hamady Jakobie Boose jumps to take a shot during the Hamady vs Hamtramck game at Grand Blanc High School for The Carmody Classic on Saturday, Jan. 07, 2022. Hamady defeated Hamtramck 70-55 (Jenifer Veloso | Flintside)
Hamady and Beecher fans cheer on Jakobie Boose during the Hamady vs Hamtramck game at Grand Blanc High School for The Carmody Classic on Saturday, Jan. 07, 2022. Hamady defeated Hamtramck 70-55 (Jenifer Veloso | Flintside) Hamady Head Coach Lamont Torbert calls out to his players on the court during the Hamady vs Hamtramck game at Grand Blanc High School for The Carmody Classic on Saturday, Jan. 07, 2022. Hamady defeated Hamtramck 70-55 (Jenifer Veloso | Flintside) Hamady Amari’Yunn Blythe keeps possession of the ball during the Hamady vs Hamtramck game at Grand Blanc High School for The Carmody Classic on Saturday, Jan. 07, 2022. Hamady defeated Hamtramck 70-55 (Jenifer Veloso | Flintside) Hamady Head coach Lamont Torbert wipes his face while pacing on the sidelines during the Hamady vs Hamtramck game at Grand Blanc High School for The Carmody Classic on Saturday, Jan. 07, 2022. Hamady defeated Hamtramck 70-55 (Jenifer Veloso | Flintside) Hamady Delonta Boone goes for a layup during the Hamady vs Hamtramck game at Grand Blanc High School for The Carmody Classic on Saturday, Jan. 07, 2022. Hamady defeated Hamtramck 70-55 (Jenifer Veloso | Flintside) Hamady Jakobie Boose looks to make a pass during the Hamady vs Hamtramck game at Grand Blanc High School for The Carmody Classic on Saturday, Jan. 07, 2022. Hamady defeated Hamtramck 70-55 (Jenifer Veloso | Flintside) Hamady Jakobie Boose calls out to make a pass during the Hamady vs Hamtramck game at Grand Blanc High School for The Carmody Classic on Saturday, Jan. 07, 2022. Hamady defeated Hamtramck 70-55 (Jenifer Veloso | Flintside)
Hamady Delonta Boone goes for a layup during the Hamady vs Hamtramck game at Grand Blanc High School for The Carmody Classic on Saturday, Jan. 07, 2022. Hamady defeated Hamtramck 70-55 (Jenifer Veloso | Flintside)
Hamady Jakobie Boone receives the MVP award at the end of the Hamady vs Hamtramck game at Grand Blanc High School for The Carmody Classic on Saturday, Jan. 07, 2022. Hamady defeated Hamtramck 70-55 (Jenifer Veloso | Flintside)

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