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BOYS' BASKETBALL: Seven Saeed triples guide Melvindale past Allen Park (TOUT VIDEO)

Melvindale’s Wissam Saeed opened Tuesday night’s Downriver League battle at Allen Park with a 3-pointer.

It was a sign of good things to come for the Cardinals (5-9, 5-7 DRL).

Before the contest was over, the senior hit six more triples and scored 24 total points in his team’s 51-40 win over the Jaguars (9-6, 7-5 DRL).

“It’s a great feeling to beat a rival down the street from us,” said Saeed. “We all wanted this one real bad.”

Aside from just knocking off of a rival, Melvindale also avenged a 51-48 loss to Allen Park last month on its home court.

In the winning effort Tuesday, the Cards also got 11 points from Albert Webster and 10 from Malik Boynton, who drilled two 3-pointers of his own. For the Jags, Jarett Shinault scored a team-high nine points and Jared Donigian had six.

After the first quarter, the visitors held a 17-4 advantage, thanks to a trio of Saeed triples and one from Boynton. On the other side, Allen Park was held without a first-quarter field goal, as its only points came courtesy of foul shots.

“When you come out that flat, without that intensity in the first quarter…you dig yourself into that hole,” said Jags Coach Jim Victor. That (was) the difference in the game right there.”

Early in the second quarter, the Jags’ Danny Monear knocked down a three and Ryan Oakley scored two points to help the squad pull within nine.

However, Saeed hit from behind the arc two more times before the half was over and both Webster and Boynton contributed points to help make it a 29-16 game at the break.

While it was Saeed with the standout performance Tuesday, Cards Coach Mac Horvath said that when his team sticks to the offensive game plan, any number of his players have big-time scoring potential.

“We run a lot stuff that goes through a lot guys and it’s just whoever can get open,” Horvath said. “We’ve got capable guys who can do the same thing Wissam did tonight, so whoever can get open, we want them to stay within the confines of our offense, which we did a good job of tonight.”

To kick off the second half, Shinault netted a quick five points for the home team, but once again the Cards countered, as Saeed and Boynton combined for three triples and Webster scored two points.

As the final seconds of the third ticked away, Koby Boynton tipped in a shot for Melvindale and put the red and white shooters up 44-29 going into the last eight minutes.

Despite the Jags holding the Cards to just seven fourth-quarter points, and a strong effort from Donigian, the hosts couldn’t mount a comeback and the Melvindale win split the season series at one victory apiece.

Next up for the Cards is a home game Friday night against Melvindale, while Allen Park will welcome in Kennedy the same night.









Last Updated: 6/24/2014 1:28:52 AM EST

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