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BOYS' BASKETBALL: Kennedy extends winning streak with victory against Anderson

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Andia Marsh scored 22 points to lead a balanced offensive attack as Kennedy won its fourth consecutive game 61-51 over Anderson at home Tuesday night in a Downriver League matchup.

Eight different players scored for the Eagles (9-3, 8-2 DRL) who consistently made the extra pass all night to find open looks near the rim in a game that Kennedy led from start to finish.

“I thought the biggest thing offensively was that we shared the basketball and finished at the rim,” said Kennedy Coach Rich Lannon. “We have some really good guards that can pass the ball well. We’ve just had some trouble putting it all together.

“I thought today we really put it together well, especially in the first half to set the tempo of the game.”

The Titans (7-7, 5-5 DRL), playing their second game in as many days, were flustered by Kennedy’s defensive pressure and turned the ball over nine times in the first quarter.

Kennedy took advantage of the turnovers and led 17-9 heading into the second.

“We just didn’t take care of the basketball like we were taught. We’ve had some problems with that all year,” said Anderson Coach Dave Pratt. “You know some games we’re fine, but a lot of games we’re not. This is something that has kind of been our Achilles heel all year.”

The Eagles continued to move the ball well and play unselfish basketball in the second.

Six different players scored at least four points in the half for Kennedy, with no one scoring more than six, and the Eagles opened up a double-digit lead heading into the break 31-20.

Anderson came out for the second half determined to feed the ball to its 6-foot-7 leading scorer Connor Phee in the half-court set.

The senior University of Michigan-Dearborn recruit had scored 53 combined points in his last two games and scored five quick points to start the third, but Kennedy’s ball denial held him check after that and he scored only three more points the rest of the way.

Marsh scored five points in the third for the Eagles and Verteaz Tillman hit a big 3-pointer as Kennedy lead 41-28 after three quarters of play.

The Titans turned to its guards in the fourth to try and get back in the game.

Dejon Matthews and Trey Harris combined for 17 points and five steals in the quarter, including three straight steals on Kennedy possessions late in the game to cut the lead to eight, but it wasn’t enough.

The Titans were forced to foul and Kennedy hit seven of eight free throws down the stretch to seal the win.

Pratt said that the back-to-back games hurt his team’s preparation, but that it is no excuse for the loss.

“We played last night, back-to-back. Haven’t done that in awhile,” said Pratt. “Honestly we had no time to prepare for them, but that’s not an excuse. Kennedy is a good basketball team.”

Marsh had 22 points and five rebounds to lead all scorers. Anton Hogan scored eight points to go along with three rebounds in the win.

Matt Woloszyk scored eight and had five boards for Kennedy.

Matthews had a double-double, 14 points and 10 rebounds, for Anderson. Phee scored 15 points and notched six rebounds in the losing effort.

Kennedy will look to continue its winning ways against Carlson at home Friday night before hitting the road on Monday to take on undefeated Taylor Truman in a showdown of the top two teams in the Downriver League.

Anderson will head home to play its next two games. The Titans will play Trenton on Friday night before hosting Taylor Truman on Tuesday.

Last Updated: 2/5/2014 12:33:53 PM EST