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BOYS' BASKETBALL: Downriver League roundup 1 (PHOTOS)
Truman wins two, Kennedy beats Lincoln Park
Truman's Aaron Foster-Smith went over the 1,000 point mark for his career against Inter-City last Saturday night. Photo by Larry Caruso
The Lincoln Park basketball team fell way behind early, but fought back to make a game of it against Downriver League rival Kennedy last week. Photo by Larry Caruso
In an exciting, back-and-forth battle between the areaís two best teams, host Truman came away with a 67-58 victory against Inter-City Baptist last Saturday night.
The powerful Cougars (10-0, 7-0 Downriver League) came in ranked No. 6 in Division 1 by the Michigan Associated Press, while the sharp-shooting Chargers (6-2, 3-1 Michigan Independent-Blue) were No. 3 in Division 4.
Inter-City opened the night by nailing four first-quarter 3-pointers, but Trumanís Aaron Smith hit back with 11 of his game-high 24 points and the hosts trailed only 18-17 after one. Foster-Smithís first three points of the evening brought him to the 1,000 mark for his career.
The Chargersí Evan Kraatz, who averages 17 points a game, was held to nine, but teammate Luke Barber stepped up and scored 17, Garrett Kraatz netted 13 and Troy Kazlauskas finished with 12.
In the second quarter, Inter-City grabbed a five-point lead, but the Cougars kept coming and tied it multiple times before the half.
Around the final minute of the half, Barber nailed his second three of the night and put his squad up 30-27.
Trumanís Devonte McGregor, who finished with 16 points, followed Barberís trey with two points of his own, but Kazlauskas came right back with a late shot that gave the Chargers a 32-29 lead at the half.
After the break, Barber and McGregor both got hot for their respective teams, as Barber scored nine for the Chargers and McGregor netted seven for the Cougars, who led 52-49 heading into the final quarter.
With no scoring from either team early in the fourth quarter, Inter-City finally got on the board with a shot from Zach Riddle about two minutes in and trailed 52-51.
Nearly one minute later, Garrett Kraatz netted his third 3-pointer of the night and the visitors went up 54-52.
Around the three-minute mark, Foster-Smith scored five quick points, including a long 3-pointer, and put his team back on top.
Inside the final two minutes, Riddle hit Kazlauskas with a pass under the basket and he easily scored to make it just 59-58 in favor of the Cougars.
Once again, however, Foster-Smith came up big and broke free on the other end for a one-handed dunk to put his squad up by three.
Inside the final minute, a costly foul committed on a shot by Trumanís Devain Newbill ultimately sealed the Chargersí fate and the Cougars went on to victory.
Four nights earlier, at Trenton, Foster-Smith led his team to a crushing 63-34 win with another double-double, as he scored 22 points and grabbed 12 rebounds. Newbill was second in points with 16, while McGregor, Matthew Mason and KenDarius Slaughter each pulled down six rebounds.
For the Trojans (3-8, 2-7 DRL), Christian Mercure scored 13 points and Jaylin Jordan finished with eight.
Kennedy beats Lincoln Park
Kennedy jumped out to an early 13-point lead against Lincoln Park Tuesday night, but had to fend off a comeback attempt in order to escape with a 57-54 victory.
The host Eagles (6-3, 5-2 DRL) led 21-8 after the first quarter against the Railsplitters (4-5, 4-4 DRL), but by halftime Lincoln Park trailed only 29-25.
In the third quarter, Kennedy outscored the visitors by two points and was up 44-38 going into the last eight minutes.
The Rails managed 16 fourth-quarter points, but it ultimately wasnít enough to overtake the Eagles.
For the night, both squads had three players finish in double figures.
Kennedyís Andia Marsh scored 16, while both David Cheeks and Brenden Williams netted 11. Lincoln Parkís Tywan Cage finished with 12 points, teammate Christian Walker had 11 and Hilbert Banks came away with 10.
Neither team was in action Friday night, as both had contests postponed due to the weather.
Last Updated: 1/28/2014 2:57:24 PM EST