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BOYS' BASKETBALL: Fordson beats Inkster, looks ready for MHSAA playoffs

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With the state tournament less than a week away, the Fordson boys' basketball team appears to be ready for the challenge.

The Tractors fell behind early, but rallied for a 56-52 victory over visiting Inkster last Wednesday that won't soon be forgotten.

"It was our last home game and a very emotional night for our players and our fans," said Tractors coach Osama Abulhassan. "The gym was packed and, even though we had a rough start, we put it together and made it a great night for everybody involved.

"That was our best win in the last several years. Inkster is a quality team. They were tough and physical and we never backed down."

The Vikings led 22-9 at the end of the first quarter, but averaged only 10 points per quarter the rest of the way.

"We came out kind of tight and, even though we were getting some good shots, we weren't making them," Abulhassan said. "We played better defensively in the second quarter and that got us back in the game."

Fordson had cut the gap to 28-21 by halftime and then outscored Inkster 14-6 in the third to take a 35-34 lead into the final eight minutes.

Moussa Harb scored nine points to spark the home team in the third quarter. Jawad Hachem handled the heavy lifting in the fourth, hitting a critical 3-pointer and nailing some key free throws down the stretch to finish with eight points.

Harb led the winners with 19 points and Hachem had a total of eight.

"It was a very gritty win," said Abulhassan. "The kids stepped up and were able to grind it out, just like they have been doing all year.

"We've been working toward playing our best basketball at the end of the season and, with the Inkster game being our best win so far, it seems like we're in a good spot right now."

The Tractors (12-9) will wrap up the regular season tomorrow at Livonia Stevenson and will tip off Class A district tournament action Monday at 5:30 p.m. against Edsel Ford at Dearborn High.

Last Updated: 2/26/2013 2:11:19 PM EST