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Basketball - Boys - 2/6/2015 

Birmingham Seaholm 58
Auburn Hills Avondale 66
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BIRMINGHAM — The game was full of surges by both squads, but in the end it was the athleticism of Auburn Hills Avondale that proved too much for Birmingham Seaholm as the Yellow Jackets earned a 66-58 win in the OAA Blue contest.

Thanks largely to an aggressive defense, Avondale (10-3, 3-1) started each quarter with a run. The biggest was a 13-3 run to open the second half. Three times the Maples (8-5, 3-1) whittled the deficit to two points, but head coach Mike DeGeeter said his squad expended too much energy closing the gap to actually take the lead.

“Every time we expended energy to get back into the game,” DeGeeter said, “I think we cut it to two three times after going down double digits, but we couldn’t get over the hump. We expended too much energy just to get square.”

The Yellow Jackets opened the game on a 7-2 run, punctuated by a pair of offensive fouls drawn by Dhamac Everett.

Drawing the tough defensive assignment of slowing down Seaholm’s sharp-shooting senior Austin Roth was Chris Bolton who made Roth work for all 19 of his points. Meanwhile, Bolton was the fulcrum in the Yellow Jackets offense and exploded for 11 of his 19 points in the fourth quarter.

“Chris, he’s our go-to guy,” Avondale head coach Tim Morton said. “We wanted to put him in the center of (Seaholm’s) zone so he could gather their attention. He can go off at any moment. It’s about a culmination of our efforts to get him the ball. We thought the key was going to be getting the ball into the high post tonight.”

Darius Woods finished with 15 points for the Yellow Jackets while Visnu Akella chipped in 11.

Austin Paritee led all scorers by netting 22 points for the Maples, and Griffin Neel scored 10 for Seaholm.

Avondale, in the midst of six straight road games, will play an OAA crossover game against Lake Orion on Tuesday before finishing the first round of league play with a trip to Birmingham Groves on Thursday.

The game won’t have the luster it otherwise might have if the Maples had won on Friday, but Seaholm will have a chance to climb back into a tie for first place in the league when the Maples play at West Bloomfield (11-0, 3-0) on Thursday.

“We were kinda hoping that would be the undefeated game for the top spot in the Blue,” DeGeeter said, “but it’s not going to turn out that way.”

Last Updated: 2/6/2015 11:33:01 PM EST


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