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BOYS BASKETBALL: Height advantage propels Eisenhower past Adams WITH TOUT VIDEOS

ROCHESTER HILLS — On a nightly basis this winter, Rochester Adams will face size mismatches in the frontcourt thanks to a lack of anyone resembling an ideal post player. That height discrepancy will never be greater than it was on Friday against visiting Utica Eisenhower, however, as the Eagles deployed 6-foot-10 Justin Greason to patrol the painted area.

The results just were as one might expect.

Greason took control of the game in its latter stages, helping Eisenhower come from behind in the closing minutes to knock off Adams' varsity squad for the first time ever, 59-56.

After controlling the first half, the Highlanders nearly led the game from wire to wire. But the final moments of the fourth quarter broke the way of the Eagles, beginning with Alek Frascone's knock-down 3-pointer that gave Eisenhower the lead for the first time with 1:57 to play.

Relegated to the bench with foul trouble much of the night, Frascone, who is verbally committed to Oakland University, added two victory-clinching free throws to make it a four-point Eisenhower lead with 33 seconds remaining.

It was the play of Greason that largely turned the game for the Eagles, as he scored eight points in the fourth quarter as part of a 15-4 scoring run by Eisenhower (2-0).

"Obviously, we had a serious size disadvantage, but that's going to be the case in every game we play," Adams coach John Hall said. "What we've talked about is establishing tempo and the pace of the game with pressure and with the way that we run to try and take the (opponent's) bigs out of the game a little bit. We did a good job of that in the first half.

"But for whatever reason, the entire fourth quarter the game really slowed down. Eisenhower started doing a great job of running their sets and pounding the ball inside."

With at least a six-inch height advantage over whoever was guarding him, Greason finished with 27 points, 12 rebounds and a few blocked shots.

"We knew tonight was going to be a battle with their speed and aggressiveness," Eisenhower coach David Schwesinger said. "We knew they'd come after us with their full-court (defense) and we felt if we could get past that into our half-court offense, that's where our advantage was. Justin did a really great job."

Adams led by as many as 11 points early in the second quarter and carried a 31-26 advantage into halftime.

"We got in really early foul trouble and they got up big on us," Schwesinger said. "We easily could have quit and easily fallen further behind. We had some kids come off the bench to get huge minutes."

Prior to Friday, the last Highlanders' loss in a regular season game was back in the 2011-12 season, as Adams went unbeaten until the postseason a year ago. Nearly all of last season's regular contributors graduated, however, leaving senior point guard Akhemji Williams to draw extra attention from opposing defenses.

"They defended us really well," Hall said of Eisenhower. "They guarded Akhemji really hard and they tried to face guard him. Our offense is predicated on a lot of moving and cutting and trying to create space. (Tonight) we just stood around and we can't do that."

Williams finished with a team high 17 points and was among eight players to record points for Adams, which dropped to 1-1 on the early season.

"If we play like this throughout the entire season with the teams that we have to play, we're not going to win very many games," Hall said. "We have not played the style of game that we need to play if we have a chance to be successful."



UTICA EISENHOWER 59, ROCHESTER ADAMS 56

EISENHOWER — Jake Bradsher (2) 6; Alek Frascone (1) 3-4 6; Dan Chmielewski 3 (1) 1-2 10; Justin Greason 10 7-9 27; Curtis Bunger 1 2; Brandon Brundirks 4 8; Totals: 18 (4) 11-15 59

ADAMS — Akhemji Williams 7 3-5 17; Thomas Girdler (3) 9; Jordan Wiley 2 3-4 7; Cole Davis (2) 6; Joey Ziniti 2 3-4 7; Brandon Barrows 2 4 ; Spencer Littleson 1 2; Andrew Lamkin 2 4; Totals: 16 (5) 9-13 56

SCORE BY QUARTER

UE 8 18 15 18 — 59

RA 18 13 14 11 — 56

RECORDS — Adams 1-0; Eisenhower 2-0

JV — Adams 54, Eisenhower 40

Last Updated: 12/13/2013 10:42:18 PM EST

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