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BOYS' BASKETBALL: Truman's big men lead the way once again

Truman’s two big men were at it again last Friday night in dominating fashion against Allen Park.

In a 64-56 victory for the visiting Cougars (11-0, 8-0 Downriver League), Aaron Foster-Smith had 24 points and 15 rebounds while Anthony Wartley-Fritz netted 20 and grabbed 10 boards. Point guard Devain Newbill also contributed to the winning effort with 10 points.

The visitors were up 17-11 on the Jaguars (7-4, 5-3 DRL) after the first quarter and at the half held a commanding 35-20 advantage.

Allen Park outscored the Jags by two points in each of the final two quarters, but it wasn’t nearly enough to catch the high-flying Truman squad.

For the Jags, Jarett Shinault led his team with 15 points, while Adam McJunkin had 10 and both Antonio Reviere and Richie Slate added nine each.

The Friday night tilt in Allen Park was the only action for either squad last week, due to cancelations earlier in the week because of the weather.

Currently, the Cougars sit atop the league and Allen Park is in third, just behind second-place Kennedy.

Heading into the week, Truman was looking at two home games, as the squad was scheduled to take on Melvindale last night and Woodhaven on Friday.

The Jags were scheduled to take the court again Monday in a makeup game at Anderson and were set travel to Wyandotte Friday for a battle with Roosevelt.



Kennedy wins two

With back-to-back victories last week, Kennedy took over sole possession of second place, leaving the league’s two Taylor schools at the top of the standings.

The Eagles (8-3, 7-2 DRL) hammered Woodhaven 83-59 on Thursday, in what was a makeup game and then 24 hours later knocked off Melvindale 40-28.

Four Kennedy shooters hit double figures against the Warriors (0-12 0-10 DRL), as Andia Marsh scored 17 points, both David Cheeks and Brenden Williams netted 13 and Verteaz Tillman came away with 10.

Kennedy showed no signs of fatigue the next night as the squad jumped out to an 11-0 first-quarter lead against Melvindale.

The Cardinals (3-8, 3-6 DRL) cut into the lead in the second quarter, thanks to the shooting of Malik Boynton and Ricardo Cripps. The two senior guards scored 10 of the Cardinals’ 12 second-quarter points, including a pair of big threes, and the score was 18-12 at the half.

Out of the break, Marsh scored

eight of his 15 points for the night and helped push his squad’s lead to 29-18 heading into the fourth quarter.

The Cards were able to cut the lead to nine in the final eight minutes, with several chances to make it closer, but Kennedy hung on for the win.

In addition to the 15 points from Marsh, he also grabbed seven boards, while teammates Anton Hogan and Matt Woloszyk both scored four and both grabbed 11 rebounds.

For Melvindale, Cripps had eight points and five rebounds.

Last night, the Eagles were scheduled to host Anderson and on Friday are set to welcome in Carlson.



Melvindale beats Roosevelt

While Kennedy and Melvindale combined for 68 points Friday, four nights earlier the Cards managed that many points alone in a 68-60 win against visiting Roosevelt.

In what was a makeup game, Melvindale jumped out to a 14-10 first-quarter lead against the Bears (6-5, 6-4 DRL) and was up 31-25 at the half.

After the break, the hosts came out strong and had a 50-36 advantage going into the final quarter. To grab the big lead, the Cards were helped by eight third-quarter points from Wissam Saeed, who scored a game-high 19.

For the Bears, Tyler White, Donovan Stewart and Ramases Patterson all hit big fourth-quarter shots, but Saeed nailed some late free throws and ultimately put the game away for his squad.

In addition to Saeed’s 19 points, Boynton added 14 and pulled down 12 rebounds for Melvindale.

White led Roosevelt with 11 points, while both Tyler Thorington and Donnie Corley had 10 and Tommy Cannon grabbed five rebounds.

Last night the Cards were scheduled for a trip to Truman and on Friday were set to face Lincoln Park at home.

Sean McCabe contributed to this report





Last Updated: 2/4/2014 2:16:29 PM EST

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