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Woodhaven hangs on for first-round district win over Riverview PHOTO GALLERY/TOUT VIDEO

  • Rashod Johnson (1) and the Woodhaven Warriors took down the Riverview Pirates Monday night in the first round of Class A Districts and will play again Wednesday night against Trenton at 5:30 p.m. in the semifinals. Photo gallery by Larry Caruso

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While it was a tough regular season for Woodhaven, the playoffs got out to a good start for the young squad on Monday night.

The Warriors (2-19, 0-16 Downriver League), who have only one senior on the roster, held off Riverview and came away with a 43-37 victory in the first round of Class A Districts Monday night at Roosevelt.

“It’s great to win,” said Woodhaven Coach Greg Scheffler. “These kids put a lot of time and hard work into the season and it doesn’t show with the record, (but) they’re good kids, they don’t get in trouble, they get good grades, so it’s nice to see them get another win.”

With the victory, the Warriors advanced to play Trenton on Wednesday in the district semifinals, back in Wyandotte.

Down by as many as 13 in the third quarter, the Pirates (1-20, 1-13 Huron League) stuck around and trailed by only four inside the game’s final minute before Woodhaven put it away.

Leading the Warriors was Rashod Johnson, who had 15 points, and teammate Beruk Lessanework, who finished with 14.

For Riverview, Nolan Glime netted a game-high 25 points, 12 of which came in the fourth quarter.

Both teams struggled to score early and managed a combined 10 first-quarter points; with the Bucs taking a 6-4 lead.

In the second, the Warriors hit back with 10 points from Johnson, as well as five from Lessanework, and went up 19-15 at the half.

Riverview scored only four points in the first four minutes of the third quarter and Woodhaven was able to grab 30-17 lead during that stretch.

However, the Warriors shooting went cold and the Bucs were able to make it a 30-24 game two minutes into the fourth quarter and then with about 1:45 left in the game trailed only 36-33, following a Glime 3-pointer.

Lessanework answered with a triple for the Warriors, but two Glime free throws cut the deficit to four with 44 seconds to play.

Woodhaven went to the free-throw line late and missed two, but Riverview couldn’t rebound and the Warriors ultimately hung on for the 43-37 win.

Next up for Woodhaven is a 5:30 p.m. game Wednesday against Trenton in the district semifinals, which will be the first game of the night at Roosevelt.

Last Updated: 3/6/2014 4:08:05 PM EST