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BOYS' BASKETBALL: Roosevelt wins pair of close decisions (PHOTO)

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Before suffering the 81-35 blowout last Friday against Truman, Roosevelt fended off a pair of Downriver Leagues foes that were out for revenge.

In a makeup game on Monday, the Bears (8-8, 8-6 DRL) handed Carlson a 53-50 defeat on the road, keeping the squad from avenging its 54-53 loss at Roosevelt two months ago. The next night, Lincoln Park came to Wyandotte and fell 49-46, missing its chance to split the series after losing 63-59 last month.

After the first quarter against Carlson (9-7, 8-5 DRL), Roosevelt trailed 20-15 and at the half was behind 32-28.

In the third quarter, Roosevelt got four points from Tyler White and a 3-pointer from Nate Eady to help bring the contest to a 42-42 tie heading into the final eight minutes.

With seven seconds left in the game, and the score tied 50-50, White knocked down a 3-pointer and Carlson was unable to respond, giving the Bears the 53-50 victory.

White led the way for Roosevelt with 12 points and Jacob Lavis had 11, while Carlson got 16 points from Jarrett Atkinson and 12 from Zach Kohn.

The next night, Lavis led the Bears with 21 points, teammate Donnie Corley had nine and White scored eight to help edge out Lincoln Park by three points.

For the Railsplitters, Tywan Cage finished the contest with 14 points.

Roosevelt was scheduled to welcome in Woodhaven yesterday and on Friday was set to host Melvindale.


Carlson followed up its close defeat against Roosevelt by bouncing back against two other DRL opponents.

On Tuesday, the Marauders beat visiting Woodhaven 64-49 and on Friday night took down Melvindale 62-55 in a comeback effort on the road.

In the victory against the Warriors (0-16, 0-14 DRL) Carlson opened up a 35-22 lead at the half and had a 52-33 advantage after three en route to the eventual 15-point win.

Kyle Cox scored 19 points for the Marauders, while Zach Kohn had 10 points and 12 rebounds.

The battle with the Cardinals (6-10, 6-8 DRL) saw the Marauders fall behind early and continue to slip, as they were down 12-10 after the first quarter, 29-24 at the half and 41-33 heading into the final eight minutes.

In the last quarter, however, Carlson exploded for 29 points, while the hosts managed only 14, and the Marauders claimed their second consecutive victory.

Jarrett Atkinson led all scorers with 21 points for Carlson and was joined in double figures by teammates Prince Ideozu with 14 and Kohn with 11.

Wissam Saeed was tops for the Cardinals with 14 points, while Albert Webster had 13 and Ricky Cripps netted 12.

Last night the Marauders were scheduled to face Allen Park at home and on Friday were looking at a trip to Anderson.


While Melvindale had let a lead slip away Friday night against Carlson, that certainly wasn’t the case three nights earlier at Allen Park.

Behind seven 3-pointers from Wissam Saeed, the Cards handed host Allen Park a 51-40 defeat Tuesday night.

After the first quarter, Melvindale led 17-4, as the Jags were held without a field goal.

Early second-quarter points from Danny Monear and Ryan Oakley helped Allen Park get out to a good start, but Saeed’s shooting, along with points from Malik Boynton and Albert Webster put the visitors up 29-16 at the intermission.

To kick off the second half, Jarett 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 Jared Donigian, the hosts couldn’t mount a comeback and the Melvindale win split the season series at one victory apiece.

For the night, Saeed finished with 24 points for Melvindale, Webster had 11 and Boynton netted 10 in the winning effort.

Shinault led Allen Park with nine points and Donigan came away with six for the Jags.

For Allen Park, this week’s schedule featured a contest yesterday at Carlson and a home game Friday against Lincoln Park.

Lincoln Park

In between its loss to Roosevelt last week, Lincoln Park faced off against an unfamiliar foe as well as one it had seen earlier this season.

On Wednesday night, the Railsplitters traveled to Detroit Consortium College Prep for a non-league game and fell 73-60. That evening, Lincoln Park was led by 17 points from Kenny Wright.

Trenton came to visit Friday night and was knocked off 61-58, making it a season sweep for the Rails, who had also won 70-60 last month on the Trojans’ home court.

A total of six players between the two squads hit double figures in Friday’s contest.

Tywan Cage finished with 13 points for Lincoln Park, Hilbert Banks had 12 and Joe Decoster came away with 11.

Trenton (4-13, 2-12 DRL) got 17 points from Christian Mercure, 15 from Jerry LaBell and 11 from Ryan Barker.

Last night the Rails were scheduled to face off against Kennedy, at home, and on Friday were set to battle Allen Park on the road.

The Trojans were scheduled to travel to Truman last night and welcome in Woodhaven on Friday.

Last Updated: 2/18/2014 2:13:29 PM EST