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BOYS' BASKETBALL: No. 2 ranked Romulus pulls away from DHS in second half

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Romulus is one of the best boys' basketball teams in the state and none of the three local teams in the Western Wayne Athletic Conference Blue Division with the Eagles have been able to do a lot about it.

They keep trying, though.

Fordson had two relatively competitive games with the league champs before settling for second place in the standings and, on Friday night, Dearborn High actually led at the end of a wild first quarter and was tied at halftime before finally losing an 85-62 decision.

"It was very exciting to be all knotted up after the first half against the No. 2 team in the state," said Pioneers coach Matt Schleif. "We played the way that I feel like we have been capable of playing all year long.

"The second half was a different story, but I was still very proud of the effort we gave."

DHS was up 22-20 after eight minutes of play and it was 38-38 at the intermission.

"The game started at a tremendous pace," Schleif said. "It was the type of pace that was hard to keep up, but our energy and intensity were great. I think the most important thing is that we really took care of the ball."

They also shot it well from the outside, getting three triples apiece from Ali Farhat and Daoud Unis.

Romulus put the lights out in the third quarter, opening up a 62-48 lead that only got bigger the rest of the way.

"They forced us into some bad passes and bad decisions that turned into easy baskets for them on the other end," Schleif said. "Once they got the momentum going, it was really hard to stop it."

Farhat checked out with 31 points and Unis had 19.

The Pioneers visited WWAC Red Division co-champion Crestwood last Tuesday night and brought home a hard-fought 41-38 victory.

The Chargers led 9-8 after the first quarter and opened up a 22-14 halftime lead before Dearborn outscored them 18-6 in the third for a 32-28 lead that held up the rest of the way.

"The refs let us play and it was a good, physical game by both teams," Schleif said. "I was proud of our guys for not letting that affect them and continuing to play hard.

"Even when we were down at halftime, I could tell the guys didn't believe they were out of the game and we started the second half really strong."

Farhat, Ollie Ajami and Hussein Safieddine made key hoops to spark the game-changing rally and the whole team played a role in finishing things off.

"In the fourth quarter, we really executed our game plan," Schleif said. "We got the ball in some spots on the floor where we needed it and got the ball in the right people's hands, for the most part."

Farhat led the winners with 18 points. Safieddine had 10 and Ajami finished with nine.

DHS headed into this week with an overall record of 12-6 after finishing 3-5 in the WWAC Blue. The Pioneers will close out the regular season tomorrow at Taylor Kennedy and open up Class A district tournament action Monday night by hosting Allen Park at 7 p.m.

Last Updated: 2/26/2013 2:13:21 PM EST