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BOYS BASKETBALL: Young sizzles, ignites rally sending Rochester to win over pesky Avondale WITH VIDEO

AUBURN HILLS – “Everybody’s All-American,” was a movie from the 1980s starring Dennis Quaid.

It’s also a pretty accurate description of local prep basketball superstar James Young.

The Rochester senior swingman decimated the competition on Thursday practically personally stymying Auburn Hills Avondale’s feisty upset bid in boys hoops action from the Oakland Activities Association White Division.

Young was at his best when the game counted the most, continually puncturing the Yellow Jackets’ heart down the stretch time and time again, scoring 20 of his 32 points in the second half, 12 of them coming in the fourth quarter, to lead the Falcons to a 59-53 win on the road.

Almost a shoe-in for a McDonald’s All-American selection later this winter, Young shredded Avondale with his versatility. In addition to scoring his 32 points, he grabbed 17 rebounds, doled out seven assists and made seven steals.

“James is phenomenal,” Rochester head coach John Pleasant said. “He does so much for us and it’s not just scoring the basketball. He’s relentless on the glass and on defense and is always looking to make his teammates better.”

Avondale was spirited and ferocious for most of Thursday’s high-intensity affair. The Yellow Jackets were in front by as many as six points in the contest’s final stanza and had the home crowd rocking.

That’s when Young took his game to another level. Corralling a rebound midway through the fourth, he went coast-to-coast in traffic for a lay-up that knotted the score 39-39. His long 3-pointer from the left corner with 3:29 remaining propelled Rochester into a 45-44 lead and an advantage on the scoreboard the Falcons wouldn’t relinquish. Moments later, he delivered a beautiful one-handed touch-pass to senior forward Manny Mendoza (8 points, five rebounds) for any easy bucket. Finishing the home team off, Young swiped an Avondale pass on the right sideline and pushed the ball ahead to junior forward Mike Murri (8 points, four rebounds), who dropped in a fast-break hoop to vault Rochester ahead by double-digits (56-46) with 45 ticks left on the clock.

“We fought hard tonight, but could not overcome what James (Young) ended up doing for his team and that’s a tribute to what a tremendous player he is,” Avondale head coach Jeff Borja said. “I’m very proud of my guys, though, they went to war and battled tooth and nail the whole way.”

Borja’s club fell to 4-6 overall with the defeat, 1-2 in the OAA White. Rochester, in search of its third straight OAA division title, improved to 8-2 with the victory, 2-1 in league play. The Falcons were on top 24-23 at the half, yet trailed 39-34 after three quarters of play.

Augmenting Young in the stat sheet for Rochester was senior center Arben Camaj. The wiry and talented post presence scored 11 points, cleared eight rebounds and blocked four shots.

Young is inked with defending NCAA National Champion Kentucky. Camaj, averaging five blocked shots per game, is being recruited at the college level, however is still unsigned.

Junior Jabar Mims spearheaded Avondale in the scorebook with a team-high 23 points. Eric Stubbs added 14 points for the host Yellow Jackets.

Last Updated: 1/25/2013 1:56:34 PM EST

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