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Carlson came into Tuesday night’s game against one of Downriver’s best teams riding a seven-game winning streak. It looked like this could be a classic battle between two of the elite teams in the area both heading in the right direction.

But after the Marauders started strong out of the gate, the Warriors took over and controlled the pace of the game. When Woodhaven wanted to slow things down – like it did midway through the second quarter – Carlson no answers. And when the Warriors decided to run, the Marauders couldn’t keep up as turnovers became layups and an eight-point halftime lead stretched to 20 by the end of the third quarter.

Carlson didn’t give up in the fourth quarter, cutting the lead to 51-36 at one point, but the Warriors had done enough by that point on their way to a 56-41 win at Carlson.

The Warriors had four players in double figures: Bryon Wilkinson with 15 points, DeAndre Walker with 14 and WeShaun Warren and Joshua Warren each with 12.

“We knew they were on a hot streak and came in playing some real good basketball,” said Woodhaven Coach Greg Scheffler said. “We knew we had to play hard. If we rebound and defend then usually good things happen for us.”

Woodhaven did both things well against Carlson. The Warriors also moved the ball around and got different people involved in the offense.

“Transition is our game and we are pretty good at pushing the ball,” Scheffler said. “We are still working on our offense when we slow it down. It’s a work in progress. We gave up a lot of points in the first quarter but played better defensively after that.”

Woodhaven, 12-4 overall and tied with Melvindale for first place in the Downriver League, hosts Truman on Friday night.

The Marauders didn’t have any players in double figures. Ian Stewart and Josh Lazarski each had eight points to lead Carlson.

“We were playing well coming into tonight but we are still having trouble putting the ball in the basket,” said Carlson Coach Ronald Henson. “We beat teams because we play hard. But we got exposed tonight. They shot the ball really well against us.”

The Marauders fell to 9-6 overall and will face Kennedy on the road on Friday.

The Warriors weathered a strong start by the Marauders and took an 18-15 lead after one quarter.

WeShaun Warren began the second with a triple to push the lead to 21-15. But the Warriors decided to slow things down and brought the game to a crawl. A tip-in by Wilkinson gave the visitors a 26-20 lead with 2 minutes to go in the quarter.

WeShaun Warren then banked in a triple at the buzzer to give Woodhaven a 31-22 halftime lead.

The Warriors came out flying in the third quarter and took over the game. Warren had a nice dish on the break to Wilkinson for two points, then the next time down the floor Warren kept the ball and dropped in a layup to make it 43-26 with 5 minutes left in the third.

A steal and layup by Carlson’s Ian Stewart cut the deficit to 43-29.

But Woodhaven turned a few turnovers into layups: one by Walker and another by Joshua Warren as the Warriors went ahead 51-31 after three quarters.

Last Updated: 2/15/2017 1:59:04 AM EST

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