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From the start of the season, it looked like Truman would run away with another Downriver League title.

Not so fast.

A red-hot Kennedy team went across town Monday night for a makeup game and knocked off the rival Cougars (12-1, 9-1) 57-46, handing them their first defeat of 2013-14.

For the second-place Eagles (10-3, 9-2 DRL) it extended their winning streak to five games and with another in-city matchup set for Feb. 21 at Kennedy, the Eagles have the power to force a first-place tie.

Andia Marsh finished with 25 points and six rebounds for Kennedy, while Anton Hogan added 12 points, Brenden Williams had eight and Matt Woloszyk led in rebounds with 10.

For Truman, Anthony Wartley-Fritz finished with 21 points and nine rebounds and Aaron Foster-Smith had 14 points and six rebounds.

Halfway through the first quarter, the Eagles led 6-0 and were up 8-4 at the buzzer. The Cougars only first-quarter field goal was a late bucket by Wartley-Fritz.

To open the second quarter, it looked like the hosts were ready to take charge, but it turned into a back-and-forth affair.

Foster-Smith drilled a triple and teammate Devain Newbill followed with a steal and a quick basket to give their squad a 9-8 lead less than 40 seconds in.

Kennedy hit back and went up 16-9, helped by big shots from Woloszyk and Hogan, but with the aid of six points from Wartley-Fritz, the squads went into the half tied 18-18.

Out of the break, Kennedy got five points from Hogan and two from Marsh and the team grabbed a 27-18 advantage.

Once again Wartley-Fritz came up big for Truman, getting seven third-quarter points, but this time it only kept things from getting out of control, as the Eagles took a 38-31 lead into the last eight minutes.

Twice the Cougars pulled within three points before it was over, but Marsh almost singlehandedly held off the opposition with 13 fourth-quarter points, nine of which came courtesy of free throws.

To put the game on ice, Williams and Marsh both nailed late free throws and the Eagles went on to celebrate the 11-point victory.

Before Monday, both squads were also in action last Tuesday and had games on Friday postponed due to the weather.

Truman beat Melvindale 60-49 in its lone contest, getting 23 points and nine rebounds from Foster-Smith, as well as 12 points from Kendarius Slaughter and 10 from Wartley-Fritz, to go along with his game-high 15 rebounds.

For the Cardinals (4-9, 4-7 DRL) Malik Boynton scored 21 points and Ricky Cripps finished with 13.

At the half, Melvindale was down only 28-24, but the Cougars outscored them 16-6 in the third quarter and hung on for the 11-point victory.

Last night Truman was scheduled to be at Southgate and on Friday was set to face Roosevelt at home.

As for Kennedy, it knocked off visiting Anderson last Tuesday by a score of 61-51.

Against the Titans (8-7, 6-5 DRL), Marsh scored 22 points and had eight rebounds and teammate Verteaz Tillman had nine points.

Anderson got 14 points and 10 rebounds from Dejon Matthews and big man Connor Phee scored 15 and grabbed six rebounds.

The Eagles grabbed a 17-9 lead after one and in the second quarter six different players scored at least four points to give the hosts a 31-20 advantage at the half.

Out of the break, Marsh scored five and Tillman hit a 3-pointer to help give Kennedy a 41-28 lead after three quarters.

Down the stretch, the Eagles hit seven of eight free-throw attempts and sealed the victory.

Yesterday, the Eagles were scheduled to take travel to Trenton and on Friday are looking to visit Allen Park.

After letting a late six-point lead slip away Friday at Roosevelt, Allen Park Coach Jim Victor turned to his best 3-point shooter, Richie Slate, to get things under control.

Slate promptly nailed a big fourth-quarter triple to put his team back up and then scored nine more points for the visiting Jaguars (9-5, 7-4 Downriver League), guiding his team to a 48-38 win against the Bears (6-7, 6-5 DRL). For the night, Slate finished with a game-high 19 points.

The victory gave Allen Park a winning record in its three games last week, all of which were on the road, as it lost 51-31 Monday at Anderson, but beat Woodhaven 53-42 the next night.

Against the Bears Friday, the Jags were up 11-6 after the first quarter and 22-16 at the half, as the Bears were plagued by turnovers, missed shots and foul trouble.

In third quarter, however, the hosts mounted a comeback and the contest was tied 30-30 heading into the fourth, following a late 3-pointer from Roosevelt’s Ramases Patterson.

The final eight minutes kicked off with the Bears’ Jacob Lavis putting his team up 32-30, but Slate’s ensuing 12 fourth-quarter points helped put the visitors back on top for good.

In addition to Slate’s 19 points, Richard Gamble also hit double figures with 10 and Antonio Reviere netted eight. Tommy Cannon led Roosevelt with 10 points while Michael Arciszewski scored six and Patterson had five.

Four nights earlier, it was a different story for the Jags, as they were dominated 51-31 at Anderson.

“We came out extremely flat and they beat us to every loose ball, every rebound, basically every area of the game,” said Victor.

Connor Phee of the Titans (8-7, 6-6 DRL) led all scorers with 19 points, while teammate Dejon Matthews netted 15 and Trey Harris had 12.

Gamble scored eight for Allen Park and Jarrett Shinault had seven.

24 hours later, however, the points came easier for the Jags, as all 10 players dressed for the contest scored at least two in the team’s 53-42 win.

Slate led Allen Park with 10, Gamble finished with seven, and both Adam McJunkin and Nico Perez added six.

For Roosevelt, its Friday loss to the Jags was its second defeat in two games last week, as it was crushed 80-40 by visiting Bloomfield Hills Lahser Monday in a non-league contest.

After the first quarter, the Bears already trailed 27-7 and at the half were down 41-17. The second half was just as rough on the locals and the Wild Cats went on to claim the lopsided victory.

Lavis led Roosevelt with 10 points, while Patterson and Donovan Stewart each scored eight.

This week, the Jags were scheduled for two home games, as Melvindale was due in yesterday and Kennedy is set to visit Friday.

The Bears were scheduled to play three times this week, with a makeup game Monday at Carlson, a battle at home yesterday with Lincoln Park and a trip to Truman on Friday night.

Last Updated: 2/11/2014 4:00:10 PM EST