Aaron Foster-Smith scored 16 points, including this first quarter dunk, in Truman's 80-40 victory over Lincoln Park last week.

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BOYS' BASKETBALL: Truman wins early statement game against Lincoln Park (PHOTO)

Truman puts Downriver League on alert by dominating two-time champ LP

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Perennial Downriver League powers Lincoln Park and Truman opened the season in a marquee matchup that, on paper, should have been a competitive battle between a pair of league favorites.

Unfortunately, basketball games are not played on paper.

The visiting Cougars outscored the Rails 27-3 in the first quarter and went on to defeat the defending league champions in stunning fashion 80-40.

“They just came out and didn’t even think about who they were playing,” Truman Coach Chuck Suttles said. “They just got after it and got busy. It was good to see.”

Truman put the game out of reach very early by scoring 25 consecutive points in the first quarter for a 25-1 lead five minutes into the game.

The Cougars maintained a distinct rebounding advantage and pressured the Rails up and down the floor for a 41-14 advantage at the half.

“It’s the same zone they always run and they really get after it and gamble,” Lincoln Park Coach Todd Tobin said. “We just have a lot of inexperience and we couldn’t handle it. It kind of just snowballed.”

Robert Whitehorn, Devain Newbill and Aaron Foster-Smith lived in Lincoln Park passing lanes throughout the game and each scored more than 10 points on fast break opportunities.

“I know that the guys got it in them,” Suttles said. “The kids played hard. They rebounded, they defended, they had steals. You name it, we did it today.”

The Cougars put another 27-point quarter together in the third and led 68-29 entering the fourth quarter.

“We needed to pick our momentum back up and get our confidence back and we did both of those tonight,” said Suttles, who’s Cougars were still angry following a lopsided loss to Ann Arbor Huron on Saturday. “It’s always nice to see your kids respond and it shows a lot about their character.”

Eight Truman players scored and Newbill led the Cougars with 21 bounds and nine boards. Whitehorn added 17 points, five rebounds and five steals and Foster-Smith had 16 points, seven boards and five steals.

Lincoln Park was led by William Deuparo with eight points. Ronnie Warren added seven in the loss.

Carlson bounces back

The Marauders recovered from Tuesday’s loss with a pair of victories over Carleton Airport and Belleville.

On Thursday, Carlson hosted Airport and defeated the Jets 56-32.

The Marauders led 19-14 at the half before breaking things open in the third by outscoring Airport 27-13 in the quarter to pull away.

Tidwell paced the Marauders with 18 points and 11 boards. Aaron added nine points in the victory.

On Saturday, the Marauders traveled to the Romulus Showcase and defeated Belleville 58-41.

Belleville took a 12-9 lead after the first eight minutes, but Carlson responded with 23 points in the second quarter for a 32-23 halftime lead.

The Marauders continued to build their advantage in the second half, leading by as many as 23 points in the fourth quarter.

Carlson’s Kaylyn Erwin was stellar and led the Marauders with 20 points and 14 rebounds.

Aaron finished with 18 points, five rebounds and five assists in the victory.

The Marauders (4-1, 0-1 DRL) will host the Carlson Holiday Classic Tournament tomorrow and Friday. Carlson will face Grosse Ile tomorrow night’s opening round.

Warriors go 1-1

Woodhaven split a pair of road games last week with a loss to Allen Park and a win over Riverview.

On Tuesday, the Warriors dropped their first Downriver League game of the season in a close 45-43 loss to Allen Park.

Woodhaven sprinted out of the gate with a 17-8 first quarter advantage and carried a nine-point lead into the break, 30-21.

The Jaguar defense would step up in the second half, holding the Warriors to only 13 points over the final two quarters in the comeback victory.

Tyler Warga led the Jags with 18 points while Aaron Letinski, Adam McJunkin and Richard Gamble each had six.

Donnie Stoddard was the lone Warrior in double-figures with 17. Donovan Williams and Nick Towianski each scored seven in the loss.

Woodhaven bounced back on Thursday with a 59-46 victory over Riverview.

The Bucs, who averaged around 30 turnovers per game entering Thursday, did a good job of holding onto the ball, but were stung by a poor shooting night.

“We only had 11 turnovers, which is a great improvement over previous games, but we shot 25 percent overall and 16 percent inside the three-point line,” Riverview Coach Sam Lamb said. “They did a great job of challenging a lot of shots, but they were shots that we normally make.”

Stoddard led the Warriors with 24 points and Brandon Imperati made four three-pointers and scored 14 points.

Max Mousouleas had 13 points and six rebounds for the Bucs and Greg Burris added 11 in the loss.

“When missed a lot of layups and open shots,” Lamb said. “When you miss that many, you’re not going to win many games.”

Woodhaven (2-3, 0-1 DRL) will travel to Anderson on Jan. 8 while Riverview (0-5) hosts Grosse Ile that same night.

Anderson unbeaten

Anderson improved to 4-0 last week with a 57-42 victory over Melvindale on Tuesday.

Shane Frietag scored 18 points in the victory while teammate Connor Phee added 17.

KleSean Clark scored 15 for Melvindale in the loss.

Anderson (4-0, 1-0 DRL) will host Woodhaven on Jan. 8 while the Cards (1-3, 0-1 DRL) travel to Kennedy that same night.

Last Updated: 12/23/2012 6:39:25 PM EST