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BOYS BASKETBALL: AP Inter-City’s Kraatz etches his name into the record books, breaks state assist record in win

By: Scott Burnstein, February 19, 2014, 9:00 am

ALLEN PARK – A new assist king was crowned Tuesday night, as Allen Park Inter-City Baptist senior point guard Evan Kraatz broke the state’s all-time career assist record in his team’s 74-57 roughhousing of MIAC foe Rochester Hills Lutheran Northwest.

Kraatz‘s fourth set-up of the night tied former Flint Central guard Eric Turner (Michigan) and his fifth dime of the evening established the new record (727), which he then extended by another four more (731) before the game was through.

Ten days ago in Inter-City’s loss on the road to two-time defending Class D state-champion Southfield Christian, Kraatz moved to second all-time on the state-assist list, zooming past former Wyoming Park floor general Drew Neitzel (Michigan State). Two games prior to that, he became the No. 3 dime-disher in state history, climbing over his own dad and head coach, Mark Kraatz, in a drubbing of rival Birmingham Roeper.

The elder Kraatz is a 1985 graduate of Inter-City, the same year he took the Chargers to a state championship.

The record the younger Kraatz had the fortune of breaking Tuesday had stood for over three decades – Turner played for Flint Central from 1978-1981.

Kraatz scored 16 points and gave away nine assists in the game.

Starting in the backcourt next to him is his little brother, Garrett, a sophomore and downtown-shooting specialist. “Baby K” had 11 points on Tuesday.

Evan is a multi-year all-state selection on the hardwood and the soccer pitch, where he’s also a master of the set-up and has led Inter-City to a state crown back when he was a sophomore in the fall of 2011.

This winter on the basketball court, the Kraatz clan and the Chargers are currently 13-5 and ranked No. 8 in the state in Class D. The past two years, Inter-City has lost deep in the tournament to Southfield Christian in its’ runs to consecutive state titles. Both defeats saw Inter-City battle tough and tight. If the Chargers are going to have a chance at the Breslin Center hardware next month, they will most likely have to go through Southfield Christian once again.

In terms of college, Evan is being looked at by Division I and II hoops programs, alike. His dad played DI ball at Illinois State before transferring out West and winning a NCCAA National Championship with San Diego Heritage Christian in 1990.