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A pair of crosstown Dearborn Heights rivals met up on Tuesday in a pivotal WWAC Red showdown when the Bulldogs of Robichaud played host to the Cougars of Annapolis.

When the two met in December, at Annapolis, Robichaud picked up a two-point victory.

On Tuesday, it was the Bulldogs (9-2, 5-1 WWAC Red) on top again, as they knocked off the Cougars (7-4, 4-3 WWAC Red) by a score of 58-50, despite a furious second-half comeback by Annapolis.

The hosts held a comfortable lead for much of the first half, as they were up 31-15 at halftime and extended that lead to as many as 20 points midway through the third quarter.

That’s when the Cougars began to mount a comeback.

Little by little, Annapolis continued to chip away in the second half, cutting the deficit to as little as a single point, but it was ultimately unable to overcome the early hole.

“I thought for being smaller, we played well inside,” said Robichaud coach Jermaine Carter. “Thought we did a good job on (Annapolis’ Alex Ismail), he’s a terrific player and standing at 6-10, he can be a problem. We played scrappy and feisty, just how we had planned it.”

Carter got great production from both Jaylen Favor and Shannon Woods.

Woods was the game’s leading scorer with 17 points, knocking down a pair of triples and converting on all four of his free throw attempts. Favor added 14 points, one three ball and was 5-for-8 from the stripe.

Woods in particular was a guy that Annapolis coach Mike Musialowski was hoping to contain better in the second go-round with Robichaud.

“They have some great shooters,” Musialowski said. “Shannon Woods I think hit six three-pointers against us last time, so we were trying to take that away. And (Robichaud point guard Jasir Poole), he’s a heck of a player, I’ve known him since he was little. We’re just trying to learn how to play those 32 minutes at that top level.”

“We’re trying to develop a different culture over at Annapolis,” Musialowski added. “We want to be the hunted instead of the hunter. It’s real encouraging to see the boys fight for the entire game. I think we turned it over 25 times, it’s tough to beat championship teams that way.

Annapolis was led by Ismail, who scored 13 points, and teammate JayVon Nance added 11 of his own.

Next up for Robichaud was another big WWAC Red game, as it was set to face Dearborn on Friday. Annapolis was scheduled to play Clarenceville the same night.

Last Updated: 2/1/2017 12:12:07 AM EST