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With a 47-36 win at Roosevelt last Friday night, Kennedy pulled into a second-place tie in the Downriver League with the Bears (4-2, 3-1 DRL).

For Roosevelt, the loss to the Eagles (4-2, 3-1 DRL) left Truman as the only remaining undefeated team in the league.

The Bears opened the contest by outscoring Kennedy 10-8 in the first quarter, as they got four points each from Tommy Cannon and Tyler Thorington. For the night, Cannon finished with eight points, which tied him for the team lead with Jacob Lavis, while Thorington came away with six and led his squad in rebounds with nine.

In the second quarter, the Eagles started to warm up and Roosevelt began to struggle with its shooting.

Kennedy’s Andia Marsh and Matt Woloszyk each scored six second-quarter points to help guide their team to a 25-22 lead at the half. Marsh finished the game with 12 points, which led all scorers, while Woloszyk came away with eight points and pulled down a team-best 11 rebounds.

After the break, Kennedy outscored the hosts 14-5 in the third quarter and was up by 12 heading into the final eight minutes.

The Eagles’ Kareth O’Neal scored seven of his 11 points in the third quarter and Marsh added five.

Kennedy Coach Rich Lannon said that picking up the pace of the game in the final 16 minutes ultimately helped his squad pull away from the Bears.

“I think we were able to make them play fast consistently through the second half and that was an advantage to us,” Lannon said. “To win at Wyandotte is always tough. (It’s) a good team with a great student section. I thought we just made plays when we needed to.”

Roosevelt had a hard time getting shots to fall after the first quarter and in the second half managed only 14 points.

“Hat’s off to Kennedy, said Bears Coach Shawn Stewart. “They are a well-coached bunch and they played a very good game.

“I thought overall their adjustment of playing through Andia and Woloszyk gave us some problems and our inability to get anything to drop was critical. I think our kids played hard, and together, now we have to work on the smart part in practice.”

Kennedy was in action again last night with a game against Trenton and on Friday will welcome in Allen Park.

Roosevelt traveled to Trenton on Monday for a makeup game, played Tuesday at Lincoln Park and will head to Taylor on Friday to take on Truman.

Truman beats Carlson

Carlson put a strong fight against first-place Truman last Friday night but was ultimately defeated 71-66 by the powerful Cougars (6-0, 4-0 DRL).

Truman’s Aaron Foster-Smith had 27 points and 17 rebounds against the Marauders (3-4, 2-2 DRL), while teammate Devain Newbill finished with 17 points and Anthony Wartley-Fritz had nine rebounds.

Three members of the Marauders (3-4, 2-2 DRL) put up double figures in the contest, as Prince Ideozu scored 16 points, Jared Henson had 13 and Zach Kohn came away with 12.

Also notable was that Carlson was without Jarrett Atkinson, who was the Marauders’ leading scorer heading into the game.

The Cougars grabbed a 19-10 first-quarter lead, but Carlson outscored the visitors 22-16 in the second quarter and was down only 35-32 at the half.

The Marauders kept the game close after the break and trailed only 57-50 after three quarters.

However, in the final eight minutes Truman was able to maintain its lead and survived with the 71-66 win.

For the night, the Cougars shot 48 percent from the field, while the hosts shot 41 percent and hit 18 of 20 free-throw attempts. Truman pulled down 44 rebounds as a team, while Carlson grabbed 30.

The Cougars took on Anderson last night at home and on Friday night will head to Wyandotte for a game with Roosevelt. Carlson took on Lincoln Park Monday, was at Woodhaven last night and will welcome in Melvindale on Friday.

Allen Park beats Trenton

Allen Park hosted Trenton last Friday night and used a late 16-4 run to come away with a 52-43 victory.

Antonio Reviere had 12 points and 12 rebounds for the Jaguars (4-3, 2-2 DRL), while teammate Richie Slate scored 11 points and Danny Monear added nine.

Allen Park’s Richard Gamble also had a solid game against the Trojans (1-5, 0-4), as he came away with eight points and nine rebounds.

Trenton’s Christian Mercure led all scorers with 20 points, while teammate Jerry LaBell finished with seven and Luke Stefke came away with six.

For a stretch of the game, the Jags had a hard time putting up points and the Trojans were within striking distance in the final quarter before the hosts were able to pull away.

“We struggled in the middle quarters to score the basketball,” said Allen Park Coach Jim Victor. “Credit to Trenton for forcing us into some bad shots, but we kept fighting and closed the game on a 16-4 run.

“Our guys never stop competing and never feel like we are out of a game; I love that about our team.”

Allen Park was at Melvindale last night and will be on the road again Friday for a game at Kennedy. The Trojans will host Roosevelt Monday night for a makeup game, then travel to Kennedy Tuesday and host Lincoln Park Friday.

Melvindale beats Woodhaven

To earn its second victory of the season, host Melvindale knocked off Woodhaven 57-37 last Friday night.

Malik Boynton led the Cardinals (2-4, 2-2 DRL) with 19 points and teammate Albert Webster pulled down a team-best seven rebounds.

Marrell Pulley was the top scorer for the Warriors (0-6, 0-4 DRL) with 10 points and Nick Towianski grabbed six rebounds for the visitors.

Melvindale grabbed an early 7-0 lead and scored a total of 24 first-half points, 11 of which came from Ricky Cripps.

The Warriors struggled to score in the first half, but in the third quarter cut a 14-point deficit in half with field goals from six different players.

However, the Cards went into the fourth quarter up 40-29 and then outscored Woodhaven 15-8 in the last eight minutes to close out the game and take the victory.

Yesterday Melvindale was back on its home court for a game with Allen Park and on Friday the Cards will head to Carlson.

Woodhaven was home yesterday for a contest against Carlson and Friday night will return to its home court to take on Anderson.

Anderson beats Lincoln Park

Anderson improved its overall record to 4-3 last Friday night with a 68-47 victory against visiting Lincoln Park.

Connor Phee led the way for the Titans (4-3, 2-2 DRL) with 23 points, while teammate Dejon Matthews finished up with 19 in the winning effort.

For the Railsplitters (2-3, 2-2 DRL), Joe Decoster came away with a team-high 16 points.

Heading into play this week, both Anderson and Lincoln Park were among five DRL teams deadlocked in the standings with a 2-2 league record.

The Titans played again last night at Truman and on Friday will travel to Woodhaven. The Rails faced Carlson Monday, hosted Roosevelt last night and on Friday are scheduled for a battle at Trenton.

Last Updated: 1/14/2014 1:36:04 PM EST