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BOYS' BASKETBALL: Truman stomps LP for second time

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This yearís Downriver League boysí basketball opener featured a matchup of perennial powers that saw Truman set the tone for the coming league season with a dominating 80-40 victory over Lincoln Park.

With the second half of the league season underway, the DRL-leading Cougars looked even more impressive the second time in a 66-25 home win over the Rails.

Lincoln Park got the scoring started with a three-pointer by Michael Tillmon-Cornett and the Railsplitters remained close for the first three minutes of the game.

Then things got out of hand.

Leading 7-5, the Cougars went on a 16-1 run to close the first quarter and took a 23-6 lead after the first eight minutes.

Trumanís trapping zone defense that was so effective in their first meeting was on full display again in the second quarter with a number of turnovers that led to easy Truman baskets.

When the Railsplitters were able to get the ball inside, the twin towers of Aaron Foster-Smith and Anthony Wartley-Fritz altered a number of Lincoln Park shot attempts, allowing the Cougars to pull ahead 47-15 at the half.

Although he was not the leading scorer, Trumanís Robert Whitehorn was the MVP of the first half and posted an impressive stat line of nine points, 10 rebounds, five assists and five steals.

Whitehorn did not have a chance to improve his numbers much in the second after succumbing to a tailbone injury after a nasty fall in the third quarter.

The Truman defense was the main story in the second half after the Cougars allowed only three field goals and 10 total Railsplitter points in the second half.

Foster-Smith had 21 points and six rebounds in the victory, Devin Goodwell added 13 points, seven boards and three steals, Wartley-Fritz had eight points and nine rebounds and Devain Newbill chipped in with eight points, four rebounds and three steals.

Lincoln Parkís Tywan Cage had to work for all of his points, but aggressively led the Rails with nine, while Tillmon-Cornett added five points and five rebounds.

Truman (13-3, 10-1 DRL) has a tough week coming up with a trip to Roosevelt on Tuesday and a home matchup with Trenton on Thursday.

The Cougars escaped Trenton with a 69-66 victory, but the Trojans remain on Trumanís heels and trail by just a game in the league standings.

Lincoln Park (8-7, 6-6 DRL) will travel to Trenton on Tuesday and will remain on the road on Thursday with a trip to Allen Park.

Last Updated: 2/15/2013 3:26:28 PM EST