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Rice earns 77-51 home win

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BLOOMFIELD HILLS — The two schools are only a mile apart, but the renewal of the rivalry between Birmingham Brother Rice and Detroit Country Day was more than a decade in the making.

On Friday night the Warriors opened the game on an 8-2 run and never took their foot off the accelerator, cruising to a 77-51 victory in front of a packed gym.

The Warriors mixed up their defenses throughout the night, keeping Country Day off balance offensively and holding the Yellowjackets to 11 points in each of the first two quarters to build a 41-22 lead at halftime.

“We really had to focus on (Deshawn Lewis) and (Nazir Wallace),” Brother Rice coach Ed Shaffer said. “They’re both superstars. We did a pretty good job. We put our best guys on them. We played hard.”

Not only was Brother Rice stingy on defense, but the Warriors were executing on offense and knocking down shots, draining eight three-point buckets on the night. Adding to the outside shooting was the inside presence of senior forward Kevin Hayes who led all scorers with 19 points.

Gallager added 15 points for the Warriors while Karl Kaufman and Ryan Jordan each scored eight, part of the nine Brother Rice players to score in the game.

Shaffer said Country Day head coach Mark Bray approached him in the offseason to renew the rivalry after it had been dormant since 2004, and neither expected the game to get out of reach so quickly.

“It means we’re going to have a rivalry,” Bray said. “I wish it would have gone a different way where we were competitive. We will be at some point in time, but they’re going to play at our place next year, and we’re going to continue this.”

Country Day (3-5) will host Detroit Consortium on Tuesday while Brother Rice (6-1, 1-0) will get back to Catholic League play when the Warriors host Novi Detroit Catholic Central.

Last Updated: 1/10/2015 11:50:35 AM EST

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