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BOYS' BASKETBALL: Slate's big fourth quarter sends Allen Park past Roosevelt (PHOTOS)
Manny Andrade (5) and the Allen Park Jaguars claimed a 10-point Downriver League victory Friday night against Tommy Cannon (32) and the Roosevelt Bears. Photo by Dave Chapman
Tyler Thorington (33) and the Roosevelt Bears struggled to score during much of their battle with Jake Barann (35) and the Allen Park Jaguars Friday night. Photo by Dave Chapman
A big group of rowdy supporters followed Allen Park to Roosevelt Friday night to watch the Jaguars take on the Bears. Photo by Dave Chapman
Even with a loud home crowd behind them, the Roosevelt Bears couldn't overcome Allen Park Friday night. Photo by Dave Chapman
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Richie Slate, who started the week with 17 triples, promptly nailed a big one in the fourth quarter and gave the Jaguars (9-5, 7-4 Downriver League) a one-point lead with less than five minutes to go.
The senior didn’t stop there, however, as he guided his team to a 48-38 win with nine more fourth-quarter points against the Bears (6-7, 6-5 DRL) and finished with a game-high 19.
“I actually looked at Richie, I (said) ‘it’s time, we need a dagger,’” Victor said. “He hit that big shot for us and that kind of got us believing a little bit more and then we were able to make some plays and get (Roosevelt) out of what they wanted to do.”
On a night when the Wyandotte bleachers were packed with raucous student sections from both schools, it was the Jags who best blocked out the distractions and went to work.
An early first-quarter dunk by the Bears’ Donnie Corley got his fans fired up, but after that points were at a premium for the hosts, who were plagued by turnovers, missed shots and fouls.
With the help of five points from free throws, Allen Park went up 11-6 after the first eight minutes.
Four more Allen Park free throws in the second quarter, highlighted by a three-point play form Richard Gamble, aided in sending the visitors into the break up 22-16. Gamble came away with 10 points and four rebounds.
About halfway through the third quarter, and down 28-22, the hosts mounted a comeback attempt, led by six of Tommy Cannon’s team-high 10 points for the night.
With the Jags up 28-26 around the two-minute mark of the quarter, both teams were hit with technical fouls. Allen Park converted on both free throws and Roosevelt made one, making it a three-point game.
Thirty seconds later, Roosevelt’s Ramases Patterson hit a 3-pointer and tied the game 30-30, a score that would remain through the quarter.
The Bears’ Jacob Lavis scored the first two points of the final quarter to put his team up 32-30, a score that held up until Slate’s 3-pointer. Lavis, who is Roosevelt’s leading scorer, got into early foul trouble and ended the contest with only four points.
Running with the hot hand, Slate followed his trey with another bucket and then capped off a six-point Jags’ run by hitting a wide-open layup.
The Bears pulled to within four, but Slate struck again with three more total points and Allen Park led 42-35 with only 1:31 left.
To put an exclamation point on the night, the Jags’ Jake Barann buried a late slam dunk and his squad left the court with a 48-38 road victory. Barann was the team’s leader in rebounds with six, while Antonio Reviere had five, to go along with his eight points.
For Roosevelt, Michael Arciszewski scored six points and Patterson finished with five. Cannon led the way in rebounds with six and Tyler Thorington grabbed four.
After starting the season 3-1, the Bears have now dropped four of seven and have slipped a bit in what is a crowded field of teams all battling for second place in the DRL.
Roosevelt Coach Shawn Stewart said he expects his squad will rise up and battle hard the rest of the way.
“I told our guys, we can do one of two things from here, said Stewart. “We can lay down and quit or we can stand up and fight and do the things we’ve been coached to do. Knowing the kids in that locker room, they’ll probably stand up and fight.”
Next up for Allen Park is a home game Tuesday night with Melvindale, while the Bears will travel to Carlson Monday and then welcome in Lincoln Park the following night.
Last Updated: 2/8/2014 2:17:46 PM EST