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Torrey Gray and the Carlson Marauders hung on to beat Anderson Friday night, giving them a split in their two most recent Downriver League games. Photo by Tom Alexander
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BOYS' BASKETBALL: Downriver League roundup 2 (PHOTO)
Carlson and Anderson split, Roosevelt and Trenton take down Woodhaven
With 3.9 seconds left in last Fridayís game, Andersonís Richard Hodnicki put up a 3-pointer in attempt to force overtime, but his shot fell short and host Carlson survived with a 48-45 victory.
The two teams played neck-and-neck basketball from beginning to end, as neither team led by more than six points in the contest.
Prince Ideozu hit a last-second three in the first quarter to put the Marauders (6-6, 5-4 DRL) up 12-10 after the first quarter, but the Titans (6-5, 4-4 DRL) kept pace going into the second.
With the help of big man Connor Phee, Anderson outscored Carlson 11-7 in the second quarter, as he hauled down four second-quarter rebounds and scored four of his nine first-half points in the second quarter.
Anderson outscored the Marauders 15-14 in the third quarter, but in the fourth, Carlson made just a couple more big plays than its opponents.
Four different Marauders hit jump shots down the stretch in the fourth quarter and a 3-pointer from Ideozu gave his team a one-point lead with less than a minute to go.
Carlson went to the line two times in a seven-second span and hit two of four free throws.
Trailing 48-45, Hodnicki attempted the late three for Anderson, but missed and Carlson came away with the narrow victory.
Phee paced the Titans with 15 points and Dejon Matthews scored 11. Phee also led the team in boards with 14.
Leading the Marauders was Ideozu, who scored 16 points and knocked down four 3-pointers. Torrey Gray and Jarrett Atkinson each grabbed four rebounds for Carlson.
Three nights earlier, Anderson outlasted Melvindale for a 51-48 victory. Phee led with 14 points and Matthews had 12. The Cardinals (2-7, 2-5 DRL) got 16 points from Wissam Saeed and nine from Ricky Cripps
Carlson was in action Friday night, as well, and fell short in a comeback attempt at Allen Park, despite a late 24-point surge, and lost 69-65
The Jaguars (7-3, 5-2 DRL) held substantial leads against the Marauders after the first three quarters, as they were up 28-21 after the first, led 38-29 at the half and held a 55-41 advantage going into the final eight minutes.
In the fourth quarter, Carlson outscored the hosts by 10 points, but it wasnít enough.
Allen Parkís Richie Slate led all scorers with 17 points, Jared Donigian had 14 and Jarrett Shinault finished with 10. Jake Barann came down with a team-high 11 rebounds and Richard Gamble pulled down six.
For the Marauders, Atkinson and Zach Kohn had 14 points and Jared Henson finished with 13. Kohn also led the way in rebounds with 12.
The Jags were idle on Friday as their game with Lincoln Park was postponed due to the weather.
Roosevelt and Trenton take down Woodhaven
College prospect Jacob Lavis led Roosevelt Tuesday night as the Bears (5-4, 5-3 DRL) earned a 58-43 victory at Woodhaven.
The senior scored a game-high 17 points against the Warriors (0-10, 0-8 DRL) while teammate Donovan Stewart had 13 and Tyler Thorington netted 12. Thorington also grabbed a game-high 12 rebounds and Stewart pulled down six.
Woodhaven remained within striking distance through much of the contest, as the team was down 31-24 at the half and 44-36 after three. However, Roosevelt outscored the hosts 14-7 in the final eight minutes to come away with the 15-point win.
Nick Towianski and Kortez Turner each scored 11 for the Warriors, while Maurice Witherspoon finished with seven. Turner and Rashod Johnson each grabbed six rebounds.
Unfortunately for Woodhaven, the struggles continued three nights later when the team welcomed in Trenton and lost 51-32.
The Trojans (3-8, 2-7 DRL), outscored the Warriors 21-16 in the first quarter, took a 32-19 lead into the break and continued dominating in the final 16 minutes.
Christian Mercure scored a game-high 23 points for Trenton and teammate Luke Steffke netted six.
Towianski and Johnson each scored 11 for Woodhaven and Marrell Pulley grabbed nine rebounds.
Jacob Newby contributed to this report
Last Updated: 1/28/2014 3:06:25 PM EST