Warrior basketball teams prepare for games at Little Caesars’ Arena

Chippewa Hills coach CJ Blaha (left) and his Warrior players are ready to play at Little Caesar’s Arena. (Pioneer file photo)

REMUS — The day after Christmas, Chippewa Hills basketball teams will have another exciting venue to enjoy.

The boys and girls varsity teams will be playing Montabella on Tuesday at Little Caesar Arena, the home of the Detroit Pistons and Detroit Red Wings.

The Chippewa Hills girls will get things started against Monabella at 11:30 a.m.

“We play after the girls game, and should start around 1 p.m.,” Warrior boys coach Eric McArthur said. “ Montabella set up the game and asked if we would be interested in playing them there. Warm up time is normal and we do play on the regular game floor. Our kids are excited about playing there, it will be a great memory for them.

“I’m looking forward to taking our guys to play in the arena, and it will be a great experience for our team and coaching staff. I’m a little concerned about the game being the day after Christmas, but we’ll have our guys focused and ready to play. I would like to thank Jared Simon (Montabella coach) for getting this set up and giving us the opportunity to play at the arena.”

Chippewa Hills girls coach CJ Blaha concurred that his team is excited over the opportunity. He recalls Montabella also played at the Pistons former home, the Palace of Auburn Hills, in recent years.

“We’re leaving that morning at 7:30,” Blaha said. Some people are leaving that night and some people are coming home that night after the Pistons game (at night vs. Indiana, vs. 7 p.m.),” Blaha said. “We’ll get their around 10:45 and will have 45 minutes to get ready).

“Everyone is pumped. It should be a fun time. We’re the only two high school games going on there that day.”

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Posted by John Raffel

John is a sports reporter with the Pioneer as well as the Herald Review and The Lake County Star. He also coordinates the weekly Pioneer sports outdoors page. He can be reached at (231) 592-8356 or by email at jraffel@pioneergroup.com.

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