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Truman, Roosevelt unbeaten in league play

Jake Barann and the Allen Park Jaguars played tough last week, but dropped games to Truman and Roosevelt. Photo by Tom Alexander

With two victories last week, Truman stayed undefeated in the early going of the 2013-14 season.

Last Tuesday the Cougars (4-0, 3-0 DRL) knocked off visiting Allen Park 53-45 and two nights later hammered Woodhaven 66-28 on the road.

Truman outscored Allen Park (2-3, 1-2 DRL) 17-11 in the first quarter and was up 25-19 at the half.

After three quarters, the Cougars extended their lead a bit, taking a 38-30 advantage into the final eight minutes. The Jaguars managed 15 fourth-quarter points, but also yielded just as many, allowing Truman to take the nine-point victory.

One big problem for Allen Park was that the team went 5-for-21 on free throw attempts. Aside from the poor shooting at the line, Jags Coach Jim Victor said he was happy with his squad’s play against the tough Truman team.

Aaron Foster-Smith had 16 points for the Cougars, KenDarius Slaughter came away with 14 and Devain Newbill finished with 11.

Jake Barann led Allen Park with 12 points, while Antonio Reviere and Richie Slate each had nine.

Two nights later against Woodhaven, Slaughter led Truman with 17 points, while Foster-Smith finished with 16 points and 12 rebounds.

Next up for the Cougars is a non-league game Saturday night against Detroit Western International, which will be played at Robichaud.


With two victories last week, Roosevelt joined Truman as the only other undefeated team in league play.

The Bears (3-1, 3-0 DRL) took down Anderson 39-38 last Tuesday on the road, then welcomed in Allen Park two nights later and handed them a 66-62 defeat.

After the first quarter against Anderson (1-3, 0-3), Roosevelt led 11-9, but at the half the home team had gone up 23-18. A tough defensive effort from the Bears in the third quarter allowed them to tie the game at 32-32 heading into the final eight minutes.

In the fourth quarter, which was a tight defensive battle, Roosevelt grabbed a lead and hung on for the victory, surviving a late Anderson comeback attempt that included a basket by Juwan Graham to make it a one-point game with four seconds left.

“I was proud of how hard we played and thankful that we escaped with the narrow victory, said Bears Coach Shawn Stewart. “To Southgate’s credit, they played just as hard; we just made a couple more plays to get the win.”

For the Bears, Tyler Thorington led the way with 13 points and eight rebounds, while Donnie Corley added 10 points and five rebounds.

A comeback effort was needed from Roosevelt to earn the week’s second win, as Allen Park (2-3, 1-2) led 27-11 after the first quarter.

Guided by big second quarters from Corley and Donovan Stewart, the Bears charged back and were down only 31-28 at the half. Corley had 14 points for the night.

“AP was on fire early, and during the break I told our kids to keep pushing the ball, look for our shots, and more importantly we had to defend better,” Stewart said.

The Bears Jacob Lavis came up big in the second half, scoring 18 of his 24 points for the night.

After three quarters, Roosevelt was up 46-43 against the visitors and in the final quarter continued to control the tempo and came away with the 66-62 victory.

Leading the Jaguars was Antonio Reviere with 17 points and Jarett Shinault with 12.

The Bears are now off for the break and will be in action again January 7 at Trenton. Allen Park plays again January 2 at home against Grosse Ile.

Lincoln Park

After two losses to start the season, Lincoln Park bounced back last week with victories against a pair of league opponents.

Last Tuesday night, the Railsplitters (2-2, 2-1 DRL) welcomed in Woodhaven and hammered the Warriors (0-4, 0-3 DRL) 66-35. In the week’s second contest, played two nights later, Melvindale (0-3, 0-3 DRL) came to visit and Lincoln Park sent the Cardinals home with a 62-53 defeat.

Joe Decoster scored 30 points for Lincoln Park against Woodhaven and pulled down 10 rebounds, while teammate Tywan Cage added 15 points in the winning effort.

The Warriors were led by Marrell Pulley with 10 points and Rashod Johnson with seven points.

In the battle with Melvindale, the Rails jumped out to a 10-0 lead to start the contest. The Cards battled back at times throughout the night, but never fully recovered and Lincoln Park earned the 62-53 win.

Cage finished with 21 points for the Rails and Decoster came away with 18.

Wissam Saeed was the top scorer for Melvindale, netting 21 points in the loss. Up next for the Cards is a game against Brother Rice Friday night.


Following up a 2-0 week to start the season, Kennedy extended its streak with a victory last Tuesday but two nights later suffered its first defeat.

The Eagles (3-1, 2-1 DRL) went to Melvindale last Tuesday and beat the Cardinals (0-3, 0-3 DRL) 54-48.

On the road again last Thursday at Carlson, Kennedy suffered a 65-62 loss to the Marauders (3-2, 2-1 DRL)

In what was a back-and-forth affair with Melvindale, neither team held a second-half lead of more than two points for the first 12 minutes. However, the Eagles were able to grab a late fourth-quarter advantage and hang on for the victory.

Andia Marsh led Kennedy with 18 points, while teammate Matt Woloszyk had nine points and 12 rebounds. The Cards were topped by Albert Webster, who finished the night with 17 points and nine rebounds.

In the matchup with Carlson, the Eagles were down by 10 points at the half.

After bouncing back in the final 16 minutes, Kennedy had a chance to tie the game with just five seconds left, but a shot fell short and the Marauders walked off with the win.

Marsh had a team-leading 20 points for the Eagles, along with five rebounds, while Woloszyk had 16 points and 12 rebounds. For Carlson, Jarrett Atkinson led the way with 20 points.

Kennedy will be in action again Saturday night and will take on L’Anse Creuse at University of Michigan-Dearborn.


In addition to beating Kennedy last Thursday, the Marauders were also in action two more times during the week.

Last Tuesday, Carlson hosted Trenton and crushed the Trojans (1-4, 0-3 DRL) by a score of 66-40. Three nights later the Marauders fell 64-42 against Belleville at Romulus.

Leading the way for the Marauders against Trenton was Jarrett Atkinson, who had 24 points for the night. Jerry LaBell topped the Trojans with 12 points and his teammate Christian Mercure finished with eight.

In the defeat against Belleville, Prince Ideozu led Carlson with 14 points in the contest and he pulled down six rebounds. Marauders Coach Rob Raymond said his team was hindered by the fact both Atkinson and Jared Henson were hurt during the game.

Carlson will pick up league play again after the break, welcoming in Truman Jan. 10.


Aside from the defeat against Carlson, Trenton also saw action last Tuesday and Friday and picked up its first win of the season in the process.

The Trojans hosted Anderson to start the week and were dropped 67-43. Three nights later Trenton knocked off Monroe Jefferson 46-40 on the road.

Jerry LaBell led Trenton with 12 points and Christian Mercure finished with 10. The Titans got big nights from both Connor Phee and Juwan Graham.

Trenton traveled down to Monroe Jefferson three nights later and came away with a 46-40 non-league victory against the Bears. Mercure guided the locals with 24 points and Luke Steffke added seven in the winning effort.

After the break, action will pick up again for the Trojans with a home game against Roosevelt Jan. 7.

Last Updated: 12/23/2013 1:50:44 PM EST

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