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BOYS' BASKETBALL: Big second half helps Annapolis get past T-Birds

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A second-half explosion blew open a close game and lifted the Annapolis boys' basketball team to an 83-65 victory at Edsel Ford last Tuesday.

The Cougars led 14-10 at the end of the first quarter and just 33-31 at the half, but racked up 25 points in the third quarter for a 58-45 lead and 25 more in the fourth to ice the win.

"We were able to spread the ball around offensively to create equal scoring," said Annapolis coach Mike Musialowski after watching four of his players crack double digits on the score sheet. "Bryan Collins did an excellent job directing the offense and getting other players involved."

Collins finished the game with 19 points and four assists. Nehemiah Graddick scored 16. K'Yon Lavant had 13 points, six assists and six rebounds. Cody Nickrand had 12 points and six rebounds.

"The first half was not pretty," Musialowski said. "We turned the ball over seven times and we had trouble with our rotations defensively.

"We played better defense in the second half and we were able to put up 50 points without shooting the ball at a high percentage. Outside the paint, we were just 4-for-13, but we were 26-for-33 inside the paint."

Donovan Farrell and Ibrahim Humaison each scored 18 points to lead the Thunderbirds.

Edsel had taken a terrible loss in its first meeting of the season with Belelville, but responded with a solid performance in a 62-58 loss in Friday night's rematch with the Tigers. Jihad Baydoun scored 18 points to lead the home team. Edsel emerged with an overall record of 1-18 and will return to the court Monday to face Fordson at 5:30 p.m. in the first round of Dearborn High's Class A district tournament.

Annapolis kept it coming Friday night with a 73-57 victory over visiting Garden City.

The hosts were only up 20-18 after eight minutes of action, but cranked it up in the second quarter for a 36-25 halftime advantage. The only problem with that is that the visitors hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to draw within 11 and kept the momentum going in the third. The locals were only ahead by four when a switch to half-court pressure forced four straight turnovers to end the quarter with Annapolis leading 51-45.

Tyler Butzin hit two quick triples in the fourth quarter and the Cougars never looked back.

Lavant led the way and he saw it coming all along.

"He texted me the night before and said he was going to have a triple double against Garden city," Musialowski said. "I told him as long as that didn't include 10 turnovers, I'd be happy.

"The senior delivered on Senior Night. He ended up with his triple double."

Lavant scored 11 points in the first quarter to get that part out of the way and finished with 17. He added 10 assists and 10 boards and even passed out five assists.

Collins scored 12, with four assists and three steals.

Graddick had 11 points and seven rebounds.

Jake Butzin scored 10 points and Tyler Butzin scored eight, all in a 50-second spurt in the fourth quarter.

Annapolis emerged with an overall record of 10-8 and finished 5-5 in the Red Division of the Western Wayne Athletic Conference. The Cougars will complete the regular season tomorrow at New Boston Huron and will tip off Divine Child's Class B district tournament Monday at 7:30 p.m. against Robichaud.

Last Updated: 2/26/2013 2:14:34 PM EST