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Hazel Park bounces back, earns road win over division foe Avondale WITH PHOTO GALLERY

  • Hazel Park stayed perfect in the OAA White with a 66-62 win over Avondale.
  • Hazel Park stayed perfect in the OAA White with a 66-62 win over Avondale.
  • Hazel Park stayed perfect in the OAA White with a 66-62 win over Avondale.
  • Hazel Park stayed perfect in the OAA White with a 66-62 win over Avondale.
  • Hazel Park stayed perfect in the OAA White with a 66-62 win over Avondale.
  • Hazel Park stayed perfect in the OAA White with a 66-62 win over Avondale.
  • Hazel Park stayed perfect in the OAA White with a 66-62 win over Avondale.
  • Hazel Park stayed perfect in the OAA White with a 66-62 win over Avondale.
  • Hazel Park stayed perfect in the OAA White with a 66-62 win over Avondale.
  • Hazel Park stayed perfect in the OAA White with a 66-62 win over Avondale.
  • Hazel Park stayed perfect in the OAA White with a 66-62 win over Avondale.
  • Hazel Park stayed perfect in the OAA White with a 66-62 win over Avondale.
  • Hazel Park stayed perfect in the OAA White with a 66-62 win over Avondale.
  • Hazel Park stayed perfect in the OAA White with a 66-62 win over Avondale.
  • Hazel Park stayed perfect in the OAA White with a 66-62 win over Avondale.
  • Hazel Park stayed perfect in the OAA White with a 66-62 win over Avondale.
  • Hazel Park stayed perfect in the OAA White with a 66-62 win over Avondale.
  • Hazel Park stayed perfect in the OAA White with a 66-62 win over Avondale.
  • Hazel Park stayed perfect in the OAA White with a 66-62 win over Avondale.
  • Hazel Park stayed perfect in the OAA White with a 66-62 win over Avondale.
  • Hazel Park stayed perfect in the OAA White with a 66-62 win over Avondale.
  • Hazel Park stayed perfect in the OAA White with a 66-62 win over Avondale.
  • Hazel Park stayed perfect in the OAA White with a 66-62 win over Avondale.
  • Hazel Park stayed perfect in the OAA White with a 66-62 win over Avondale.
  • Hazel Park stayed perfect in the OAA White with a 66-62 win over Avondale.
  • Hazel Park stayed perfect in the OAA White with a 66-62 win over Avondale.
  • Hazel Park stayed perfect in the OAA White with a 66-62 win over Avondale.
  • Hazel Park stayed perfect in the OAA White with a 66-62 win over Avondale.
  • Hazel Park stayed perfect in the OAA White with a 66-62 win over Avondale.
  • Hazel Park stayed perfect in the OAA White with a 66-62 win over Avondale.
  • Hazel Park stayed perfect in the OAA White with a 66-62 win over Avondale.
  • Hazel Park stayed perfect in the OAA White with a 66-62 win over Avondale.
  • Hazel Park stayed perfect in the OAA White with a 66-62 win over Avondale.
  • Hazel Park stayed perfect in the OAA White with a 66-62 win over Avondale.
  • Hazel Park stayed perfect in the OAA White with a 66-62 win over Avondale.
  • Hazel Park stayed perfect in the OAA White with a 66-62 win over Avondale.
  • Hazel Park stayed perfect in the OAA White with a 66-62 win over Avondale.
  • Hazel Park stayed perfect in the OAA White with a 66-62 win over Avondale.
  • Hazel Park stayed perfect in the OAA White with a 66-62 win over Avondale.
  • Hazel Park stayed perfect in the OAA White with a 66-62 win over Avondale.
  • Hazel Park stayed perfect in the OAA White with a 66-62 win over Avondale.
  • Hazel Park stayed perfect in the OAA White with a 66-62 win over Avondale.
  • Hazel Park stayed perfect in the OAA White with a 66-62 win over Avondale.
  • Hazel Park stayed perfect in the OAA White with a 66-62 win over Avondale.
  • Hazel Park stayed perfect in the OAA White with a 66-62 win over Avondale.
  • Hazel Park stayed perfect in the OAA White with a 66-62 win over Avondale.
  • Hazel Park stayed perfect in the OAA White with a 66-62 win over Avondale.
  • Hazel Park stayed perfect in the OAA White with a 66-62 win over Avondale.
  • Hazel Park stayed perfect in the OAA White with a 66-62 win over Avondale.
  • Hazel Park stayed perfect in the OAA White with a 66-62 win over Avondale.
  • Hazel Park stayed perfect in the OAA White with a 66-62 win over Avondale.
  • Hazel Park stayed perfect in the OAA White with a 66-62 win over Avondale.
  • Hazel Park stayed perfect in the OAA White with a 66-62 win over Avondale.
  • Hazel Park stayed perfect in the OAA White with a 66-62 win over Avondale.
  • Hazel Park stayed perfect in the OAA White with a 66-62 win over Avondale.
  • Hazel Park stayed perfect in the OAA White with a 66-62 win over Avondale.
  • Hazel Park stayed perfect in the OAA White with a 66-62 win over Avondale.
  • Hazel Park stayed perfect in the OAA White with a 66-62 win over Avondale.
  • Hazel Park stayed perfect in the OAA White with a 66-62 win over Avondale.
  • Hazel Park stayed perfect in the OAA White with a 66-62 win over Avondale.
  • Hazel Park stayed perfect in the OAA White with a 66-62 win over Avondale.
  • Hazel Park stayed perfect in the OAA White with a 66-62 win over Avondale.
  • Hazel Park stayed perfect in the OAA White with a 66-62 win over Avondale.
  • Hazel Park stayed perfect in the OAA White with a 66-62 win over Avondale.
  • Hazel Park stayed perfect in the OAA White with a 66-62 win over Avondale.
  • Hazel Park stayed perfect in the OAA White with a 66-62 win over Avondale.
  • Hazel Park stayed perfect in the OAA White with a 66-62 win over Avondale.
  • Hazel Park stayed perfect in the OAA White with a 66-62 win over Avondale.
  • Hazel Park stayed perfect in the OAA White with a 66-62 win over Avondale.
  • Hazel Park stayed perfect in the OAA White with a 66-62 win over Avondale.
  • Hazel Park stayed perfect in the OAA White with a 66-62 win over Avondale.
  • Hazel Park stayed perfect in the OAA White with a 66-62 win over Avondale.
  • Hazel Park stayed perfect in the OAA White with a 66-62 win over Avondale.
  • Hazel Park stayed perfect in the OAA White with a 66-62 win over Avondale.
  • Hazel Park stayed perfect in the OAA White with a 66-62 win over Avondale.
  • Hazel Park stayed perfect in the OAA White with a 66-62 win over Avondale.
  • Hazel Park stayed perfect in the OAA White with a 66-62 win over Avondale.
  • Hazel Park stayed perfect in the OAA White with a 66-62 win over Avondale.
  • Hazel Park stayed perfect in the OAA White with a 66-62 win over Avondale.
  • Hazel Park stayed perfect in the OAA White with a 66-62 win over Avondale.
  • Hazel Park stayed perfect in the OAA White with a 66-62 win over Avondale.
  • Hazel Park stayed perfect in the OAA White with a 66-62 win over Avondale.
  • Hazel Park stayed perfect in the OAA White with a 66-62 win over Avondale.
  • Hazel Park stayed perfect in the OAA White with a 66-62 win over Avondale.
  • Hazel Park stayed perfect in the OAA White with a 66-62 win over Avondale.
  • Hazel Park stayed perfect in the OAA White with a 66-62 win over Avondale.
  • Hazel Park stayed perfect in the OAA White with a 66-62 win over Avondale.
  • Hazel Park stayed perfect in the OAA White with a 66-62 win over Avondale.
  • Hazel Park stayed perfect in the OAA White with a 66-62 win over Avondale.
  • Hazel Park stayed perfect in the OAA White with a 66-62 win over Avondale.
  • Hazel Park stayed perfect in the OAA White with a 66-62 win over Avondale.
  • Hazel Park stayed perfect in the OAA White with a 66-62 win over Avondale.
  • Hazel Park stayed perfect in the OAA White with a 66-62 win over Avondale.

AUBURN HILLS – Five days removed from a loss to North Farmington that was suspended due to unsafe conditions, the Hazel Park Vikings (11-4 overall, 6-0 OAA White) hit the road looking to get back on track in the OAA White.

They did just that, holding off a tough Auburn Hills Avondale (8-6, 6-4) opponent, 66-62, to keep Hazel Park undefeated in conference.

The Vikings needed free throws and plenty of help from their bench to eventually salt away the win.

Early on the Vikings built a 9-0 lead with four minutes left in the first quarter, but the Yellow Jackets swarmed back into the game when DreShawn Allen drained a three-pointer to start the scoring.

The first period ended with the Vikings up three, 13-10. Avondale would briefly take the lead in the second quarter when Ty Bland connected on a trey at the 6:32 mark for a 17-15 lead.

Hazel Park kicked it into high gear as David Hearns hit a jumper to retake the lead, 19-18, with 5:30 left in the first half.

The Vikings pushed their halftime advantage to 33-26 but knew the Yellow Jackets weren’t done. The Vikings pushed their lead to a game-high 15 points by the end of the third at 52-37, but Avondale had another run in it.

A 6-0 streak by the Yellow Jackets pushed the lead back to single digits, and a tough Avondale defense took several charges to thwart the Viking offense.

With 2:22 left in the game, Hazel Park’s Kyle Washington fouled out and Avondale tied the game at 58-58 in cashing in one of two free throws. But Hazel Park, behind Cameron Boatman's layup, went ahead by two, 60-58. Forced to foul, Avondale sent Hazel Park to the line where the Vikings took full advantage, making six free throws that eventually iced the 66-62 win.

For Hazel Park, David Hearns provided 15 points, while Boatman came off the bench to score 13 points. Kristian Lafayette added 10 off the bench as well. The Vikings Carl Bow, usually a team-leader in scoring, was held to just a pair of first-half free-throw makes. The Vikings made 11-of-18 free throws for 61 percent.

The Yellow Jackets were led by Martone Cole with 19 points and Ty Bland with 15 and made 9-of-17 free throws as a team for 53 percent.

Hazel Park head coach Brandon Barrett noted the team was focused and ready to put last week’s game behind.

“Our starting guards didn’t play as good as they are capable of playing. It was a bad night but a win is a win,” Coach Barrett said. “You hope that when one guy is not clicking that someone will step up off the bench and pick up the slack. I thought Kyle did a great job and Andrew Mendoza (hit back-to-back three pointers) did a very good job coming off the bench as well as Cameron Boatman. Give credit to our bench for really stepping up today.”

Avondale head coach Tim Morton knew his team was ready to tangle with the Vikings, but just didn’t make enough plays down the stretch to match them.

“They are a good team. Transition wise – we were trying to deny their main scorers the ball but that allowed some other people opportunities,” Coach Morton said. “I thought if we kept it close we could try to steal it at the end. But they got away from us. I thought our guys showed a lot of guts to come back against a good team.”

Looking back at last week’s suspended game, Coach Barrett explained, “The situation wasn’t with our kids. It was with the adults. There were a few fabrications that weren’t true. It wasn’t a brawl, there wasn’t a fight. That was adults and had nothing to do with our kids. We’re just trying to stay focused and play basketball.”

Last Updated: 2/14/2017 11:53:36 PM EST


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