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BOYS' BASKETBALL: Bears survive big night from Anderson's Phee (PHOTO)

Donovan Stewart and the Roosevelt basketball team withstood a big night from Anderson's Connor Phee to win a Downriver League game. Photo by Dave Chapman



Despite 34 points from Anderson’s Connor Phee, and an eight-point halftime deficit, host Roosevelt came away with a 57-55 victory against the league rival Titans (6-6, 4-5 DRL) Friday night.

The first quarter ended in a 13-13 tie, but in the second Phee caught fire against the Bears (6-5, 6-4 DRL)

The senior hit four 3-pointers and scored 18 second-quarter points to guide Anderson to a 34-26 lead at the half.

After the break, Phee cooled off and the hosts heated up, as they outscored the Titans 10-6 in the third quarter and carried that momentum into the final eight minutes.

Tyler Thorington scored eight of Roosevelt’s 21 fourth-quarter points and Jakob Lavis drained a clutch 3-pointer at the 2:37 mark to give Roosevelt the one-point lead.

The lead actually changed hands three times in the final two-and-a-half minutes, including a three-point play courtesy of Anderson’s Dejon Matthews.

After a big bucket by Thorington to make it 57-55, Matthews missed a jumper with less than 20 seconds left.

Roosevelt was fouled and missed a free throw and then Matthews was fouled with 1.4 seconds to go, giving him a chance to take it to overtime with two free-throw tries.

Matthews missed the first and then in desperation had to purposely miss the second, but the Bears grabbed the rebound as time expired.

Phee’s 34 points led all scorers and Matthews added 15. Phee also led in rebounds with 11.

Lavis scored 16 points for the Bears, while Thorington and Corley both netted a dozen.

The Titans were scheduled for three games this week, as they were set to host Allen Park on Monday for a makeup, travel to Kennedy on Tuesday and welcome in Trenton on Friday.

Roosevelt was also looking at three games, as they were set to host Bloomfield Hills Lasher Monday, take a trip to Carlson tonight and be back home Friday against Allen Park.



Carlson beats Trenton

Sharp-shooting Jared Henson helped lead Carlson to victory last Friday night at Trenton in what was the only action of the week for both squads.

The senior hit five 3-pointers in the contest and scored a game-high 19 points for the Marauders (7-6, 6-4 DRL), with 16 of his points coming in the second half.

Carlson grabbed a narrow 16-15 first-quarter lead against the Trojans (3-9, 2-8) and was up 35-29 at the break.

Trenton outscored the visitors in the third quarter and was down by only a point going into the final eight minutes.

To close out the game, however, the Marauders scored 26 fourth-quarter points and pulled away for the 11-point victory.

Aside from Henson’s 19 points, Carlson got 17 from Jarrett Atkinson, 11 from Kyle Cox and nine from Zach Kohn, who led the Marauders in rebounds with 10.

For the Trojans, Christian Mercure and Ryan Barker each netted 15 points, Brady Tanguay had 14 and Jerry LaBell came away with 13. Tanguay also had eight rebounds for Trenton.

Carlson is scheduled to host Roosevelt tonight and is set to travel to Kennedy on Friday.

The Trojans were scheduled to face Summit Academy last night in a non-league battle and were scheduled to travel to Anderson Friday night.



Lincoln Park holds off Woodhaven

Woodhaven was looking for its first win of the season last Friday night and almost got it against visiting Lincoln Park.

Unfortunately for the Warriors (0-12, 0-10 DRL), they fell just short against the Railsplitters (5-5, 5-4 DRL) and lost 56-52.

Lincoln Park held the lead from midway through the first quarter on, but Woodhaven never gave up.

The Warriors trailed 12-7 after the first quarter and hung around in the second, going into halftime down 27-20.

The third quarter is where things started to fall apart a bit for Woodhaven, as the Rails’ Brian Reed and Robert Atwater both hit triples within a minute of each other to help their team take a 37-30 lead into the last eight minutes.

Late in the fourth quarter, the Warriors fouled Lincoln Park six times and the Rails only hit four of their free-throw attempts.

With just 5.2 seconds to go, Woodhaven’s Rashied Patterson hit two free throws to make it a two-point game, but his squad couldn’t capitalize after that and went on to suffer its 12th defeat of the season.

Joe Decoster scored a game-high 16 points and added five boards to lead Lincoln Park, while teammate Hilbert Banks scored 12 points and added a board.

As for the Warriors, Maurice Witherspoon had 12 points, while Nick Towianski had 11 points and three rebounds.

The Rails’ next game on the schedule is Friday at Melvindale while Woodhaven was set to host Allen Park last night for a makeup game and then travel to Truman on Friday.



Jacob Newby and Chris Zadorozny contributed to this report



Last Updated: 2/4/2014 2:14:32 PM EST

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