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Clutch triple helps Roosevelt wrap up third place

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To claim its share of third place in the DRL, Roosevelt needed a huge fourth quarter comeback and a 3-pointer at the buzzer from its star player last Friday night.

Taking on Melvindale, which came on strong late in the season, the Bears (9-9, 9-7 DRL) fell behind 13-4 to the Cardinals (8-10, 8-8 DRL) after the first quarter and 23-17 at the half.

In the third quarter, Melvindale dominated, guided by seven points from Malik Boynton, and was up 38-23 going into the final eight minutes.

Senior standout Jacob Lavis caught fire for the Bears in the fourth quarter and scored all 12 of his points for the night, all which came courtesy of 3-pointers.

Down by two points with 2.3 seconds left, Lavis launched a shot from well beyond the three-point line and nailed it, giving his team a 52-51 victory as time expired.

Tyler Thorington led Roosevelt with 15 points, while Lavis finished with 12 and Donnie Corley netted 11.

For the Cards, Boynton scored a game-high 24 points and teammates Ricky Cripps and Wissam Saeed both had a dozen.

Three nights earlier, both teams had earned league victories, as Roosevelt crushed visiting Woodhaven 60-41 and the Cards edged Anderson 50-48 on the road.

The Bears had three players in double figures against the Warriors (0-17, 0-15 DRL) as Lavis came away with 14, Corley netted 11 and Tyler White finished with 10. Woodhaven was led by Beruk Lessanework, who had 12 points and Nick Towianski, who netted nine.

For Melvindale, Cripps had 17 points in the winning effort against the Titans (11-8, 9-7 DRL), while Saeed netted 16 and Boynton finished with 14. For Anderson, Dejon Matthews came away with 16 points.

The Bears were scheduled for a non-league game yesterday at Dearborn High and tomorrow are set to welcome in Annapolis. Melvindale was scheduled to host Belleville tomorrow.

Anderson beats Carlson

After its defeat on Tuesday against a surging Melvindale squad, Anderson needed a victory Friday against visiting Carlson to grab its share of third place in the DRL.

The Titans held a narrow lead through three quarters against the Marauders (9-9, 8-7 DRL) and then came up big in the final eight minutes to pull away with a 61-47 win.

After the first quarter, Anderson led 14-10 and at the half was up 29-24. Out of the break, Carlson outscored the hosts by two points, but in the last quarter, the Titans put up 18 and yielded only nine.

Anderson got 24 points from Connor Phee, while Matthews netted 16 and 11 came from Juwan Graham.

Jarrett Atkinson led the Marauders in points with 12 and teammate Kyle Cox came away with 10.

Carlson came into this week with a chance to share third place in the DRL, as its last league game was scheduled yesterday at Kennedy. On Monday, the Marauders were also set to be in action, taking on Redford Thurston at home in a non-league battle.

Anderson was scheduled to play yesterday, as well, in a non-league game at Redford Union.

Woodhaven beats Trenton

While Woodhaven and Trenton have both struggled this season, a head-to-head battle last Friday night showcased what could be good be a bright future for both squads.

The host Trojans (5-14, 3-13 DRL) took down the Warriors (0-17, 0-15 DRL) 73-64 in a contest that saw underclassmen come up big on both sides.

Woodhaven sophomore Beruk Lessanework led all scorers with 29 points, while teammate Rashied Patterson, who is a junior, had eight. The squad’s leading rebounder was junior Roger Scott, who pulled down eight for the game.

For Trenton, junior Christian Mercure scored a team-high 28 points and freshman Ryan Barker finished with 11. Also in double figures was senior Jerry LaBell, who had 16 points for the night.

The Trojans led only 15-14 after the first quarter, but were up 40-28 at the half and kept pace through the final 16 minutes to earn the nine-point victory.

Yesterday Trenton was scheduled for a non-league game at home against Grosse Ile.

Woodhaven was set to host Huron yesterday in a non-league battle and then finish up DRL play tonight at Truman and welcome in Grosse Ile on Thursday to wrap up its regular season.

Last Updated: 2/26/2014 4:15:48 AM EST