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Freddie Takes On Manhattan: Saginaw High Senior Kicks Off Senior Year In Style

Monday was the first night of district boys basketball action.  For Saginaw High it meant a district win as the Trojans took care of business in the opening round defeating host Flushing 70-55.
Saginaw High will now play Swartz Creek tonight in the district semis and Carman-Ainsworth will play Arthur Hill.

This season the districts mean a little more in year’s past for Saginaw High senior Freddie Mcintosh.  His senior season started last June during a trip to New York City with his quest of finding the true meaning of the hoop culture in the Big Apple.  Where the likes of Bernard King, Chris Mullin, Kenny Anderson, Stephon Marbury and Mark Jackson just to name a few but were household names.
Legends of their craft not to mention role models of youth hoopers from year’s past.  For Mcintosh, visiting Manhattan was a little bit of a culture shock coming from Saginaw and playing in Vets park as a youth.

Freddie arrived in Manhattan with basketball in hand and the quest for the ultimate game.  That two-hour train ride into the city from a New Jersey suburb had Freddie vibing on his air pods (for us old folks Air Pods are head phones) and he had an extra pep on his step.  Only he could describe what he was feeling at that moment stepping off the train into the Manhattan streets.  Although Manhattan provided the perfect backdrop for young Freddie to find the quest for the ultimate game it became a humbling experience.  Seeing Madison Square Garden up close and personal was a breathtaking moment just taking a minute on everyone that ever stepped on the court in the Garden. When you play a game at the Garden you know you have arrived.

The history of the game gave him chills.  After taking pictures along the way on this hooping journey the next stop was the NBA Store.  Just think about 10 stories of hoop heaven. From sneakers, to player jerseys, to team memorabilia this place had it all for the hoop enthusiast on your Christmas shopping list.  The NBA store was another first for Freddie, who was like a little kid on Christmas day grinning from ear-to-ear.  Just imagine having gallons and gallons of your favorite top shelf scotch, but you just don’t have time to see it all.   That’s the New York experience.   One day doesn’t give it justice, but Freddie was on a mission to find that ultimate pickup game.

Next up was Radio City Music Hall.  The legendary sign lit up the side walk and Mcintosh dribbled the ball with many one lookers watching with amazement. Radio City is the ultimate New York City Landmark, but it wasn’t the stop Freddie was hoping for.

For everyone that knows Central Park knows the walk can go on forever and ever. It really felt like we walked for miles.  After taking an UBER to the other side of the park we finally were able to find some legendary Central Park hoops.  Like in the movies the old-timers were out there playing pickup games trying to school the youngsters.  Freddie fit right in.  He laced up his sneakers, but on his Saginaw High colors and schooled the other players on the court.  He was driving the lane while putting together a few fade away jumpers in the face of his opponents.  Freddie was finally at ease.  It was his sanctuary.  That grin was getting bigger and bigger after every made shot.

The experience was something that he will always remember, but it also gave him the opportunity to reflect on his four years at Saginaw High.  McIntosh is a 5-foot-10 point guard that helped lead the Trojans to a 22-4 record last season, reaching the Class A quarterfinals. He averaged 17 points and eight rebounds.  This season, Mcintosh has been hampered by injuries had Saginaw High was just 10-9 heading into the districts.  But anyone that knows the Saginaw Valley University commit, he won’t go down without a fight.  Saginaw High might have had its share of struggles this season, but expect McIntosh and the rest of Trojans to play with the swag that he was feeling in Central Park in June.  Don’t expect Saginaw High to go quietly. It’s March Madness. Everyone’s favorite time of year.