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BOYS BASKETBALL: Young erupts in Falcons' win over Avondale WITH VIDEO

ROCHESTER - James Young was James Young on Thursday night, and Rochester could do little wrong on the boys basketball floor because of it.

The University of Kentucky-signee went for a season-high 43 points to add to his 22 rebounds, seven assists and seven steals in spearheading host Rochester to a commanding 78-60 win over Auburn Hills Avondale in action from the Oakland Activities Association White Division.

In his last outing on the hardwood prior to Thursday, Young had 39 points and 21 rebounds in a blowout of Oak Park. His career-high is 49 points, coming against Clarkston last winter.

"I've picked it up in the second half of the season," said Young of his recent play. "Tonight, I went off."

Rochester balloons its record to 11-2 following Thursday's victory.

The Falcons led 36-20 at the break, but had to hold off a late push by Avondale in the fourth quarter to pull things out.

It was no problem for Young and his teammates though, as they kept the Yellow Jackets at bay, after Avondale cut its deficit to 10 points on three separate instances in the closing seven minutes.

First, it was Young, draining a deep 3 from the right wing. Then senior center Arben Camaj (15 points, nine rebounds and five blocks) put in back-to-back hoops - the second one coming on a feed from Young punctuated by a dunk. Super sub Jamar Randolph finished the Yellow Jackets off, swiping a pass at mid-court and coasting in for an easy deuce to put the game out of reach.

Avondale had no answer and nothing left in the tank, falling to 6-10 on the year. Jabar Mimms scored 16 points to pace the Yellow Jackets' offense.

Young is a two-time all-state selection and is practically guaranteed a spot in the McDonald's All-American game in April. Transferring to Rochester from Troy this year, he is averaging 27 points, 17 rebounds, six assists and five steals per evening.

"James is simply phenomenal," Rochester head coach John Pleasant said. "It's easy to be a coach on a night like tonight."

Pleasant and his troops are in search of their third consecutive Oakland Activities Association league crown this season.

Next on the slate for Rochester is a tough non-league battle on the road at Bloomfield Hills Lahser on Tuesday.

Last Updated: 2/8/2013 1:20:03 AM EST

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