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Truman finished up its regular season strong last week with a trio of big-time performances by Aaron-Foster Smith and the Cougars (18-2, 14-2 Downriver League) headed into the postseason on a six-game winning streak.

Tomorrow, Truman will face Kennedy in the second round of the district playoffs, in Belleville, which will be the third meeting between the Eagles and Cougars this year.

Truman came away with a 64-60 road victory Monday against Lincoln Park and a 77-32 blowout of visiting Woodhaven the next night, which secured an outright league title.

To finish up the week, Truman welcomed in Chandler Park Friday night and handed the tough non-league opponent a 63-50 defeat.

On Monday, the Railsplitters (7-13, 7-9 DRL) came out inspired and led 15-12 after the first quarter and trailed only 29-27 at the half.

However, a monster night from Foster-Smith helped the Cougars ultimately edge out the four-point victory. Foster-Smith finished with 33 points and 16 rebounds, while teammate Anthony Wartley-Fritz had 10 points and 10 boards and Devain Newbill finished with 10 points.

For Lincoln Park, Joe Decoster led with 14 points and Tywan Cage had 12.

In Trumanís 45-point win against Woodhaven (1-19, 0-16 DRL) the was already up 49-20 at the half and overall 11 different Cougars scored points.

Foster-Smith guided the way with 22 points for the hosts, Newbill netted 10 and sophomore Tobi Dasilva scored 10 in his first varsity game.

Charter School League champion Chandler Park came into Truman Friday night and grabbed a 13-12 lead after the first quarter, but the Cougars dominated the second and were up 31-17 at the half.

After the break, the locals kept pace with the Eagles (12-5, 9-0 CSL) and the regular season ended for Truman with a 63-50 win.

Once again Foster-Smith led the way, scoring 22 points and grabbing 15 rebounds, while Wartley-Fritz had 12 points and 12 boards. McGregror also added 11 points and Newbill finished with nine.

For Chandler Park, standout sophomore Jalen Martin led the way with 18 points.

The district semi-final showdown between Truman and Kennedy is scheduled for tonight at 5:30 p.m. in Belleville.

Kennedy

The league season ended with a victory for second-place Kennedy, but the squad was edged out in a non-league battle in its last action before districts.

The Eagles (14-5, 13-3 DRL) knocked off Carlson 69-59 on Tuesday and three nights later fell 63-61 to Detroit Western International.

The Marauders (10-10, 8-8 DRL) took a 13-8 lead after one quarter, but Kennedy dominated the middle quarters and was up 53-35 heading into the fourth, where it held off its opponent and won by 10.

Three different Eagles hit double figures, with Verteaz Tillman scoring 17 points, Andia Marsh netting 16 and Ciante Roach getting 12.

Carlsonís Jared Henson led all scorers with 30 points and Jarrett Atkinson had 13 in the losing the effort.

On Friday night, against Western International, host Kennedy held a 15-7 advantage after one quarter and was up 30-23 at the half.

A big third quarter from the Cowboys (4-14, 0-10 PSL), however, allowed them to grab the lead and then hang on in the final quarter for the two-point win.

Once again, three Eagles were in double figures, as Tillman scored 18 points, Marsh netted 13 and Anton Hogan had 12.

Next up for Kennedy is the district semifinal game tomorrow tonight at Belleville against Truman.

Roosevelt

With its league season over, third-place Roosevelt took on two Western Wayne Athletic Conference teams in crossover action last week and came away with a victory each time.

At Dearborn High on Tuesday, the Bears (12-8, 10-6 DRL) earned a 58-51 victory and on Friday crushed Annapolis at home, 69-45.

The Pioneers (5-15, 1-7 WWAC) led 15-13 after the first eight minutes, but Roosevelt hit back in the second and took a 25-22 lead into the break. In the final two quarters, the Bears outscored their opponent each time and came away with the eight-point win.

Jacob Lavis led Roosevelt with 14 points, while Tyler White and Donnie Corley each finished with 10 for the night.

In Friday nightís big win against Annapolis the Bears got 15 points from Tyler Thorington, 14 from Lavis and 13 from Corley.

Roosevelt will be in action again tomorrow night in a Class A District semifinal against Anderson.

Allen Park

In its only action last week, Allen Park tuned up for the postseason with a big non-league win.

The Jaguars (12-8, 9-7 DRL) traveled to Annapolis and handed the non-league Cougars (1-17, 0-11 WWAC) a 63-49 defeat.

Antonio Reviere led the way for Allen Park with 26 points and Jarett Shinault had 11 in the winning effort.

The Jags finished the season tied for fourth place in the DRL with Anderson, which beat Redford Union 61-43 last Tuesday.

Allen Park will take on Edsel Ford tomorrow night in the district semifinals at Lincoln Park and Anderson will face host Roosevelt in the semifinals.

Carlson

Aside from its loss in the DRL finale last Tuesday, fifth-place Carlson also participated in crossover action ahead of the district playoffs.

On Monday, the Marauders (10-10, 8-8 DRL) welcomed in Redford Thurston and claimed a 45-42 victory.

The Eagles (12-7, 7-5 WWAC) took an 8-5 lead in the first quarter, but the Marauders struck back by outscoring the visitors 18-9 in the second and led 23-17 at the break.

Thurston countered with a big third quarter and went up 34-31, but the locals responded with 14 fourth-quarter points, and allowed only eight, to take the 45-42 win.

Jarrett Atkinson had 15 points for the Marauders and Zach Kohn had 10, to go along with a dozen rebounds.

Lincoln Park

After finishing up league play against Truman Monday, Lincoln Park also took part in two non-league battles before the district playoffs kicked off.

On Tuesday night, the Railsplitters (7-9, 7-13 DRL) were dropped 66-55 by host Inter-City Baptist, while Joe Decoster led Lincoln Park with 14 points and Tywan Cage ended with 12.

Two nights later, the Rails went to Warren Cousino and fell 57-53, with Cage getting 18 points and Decoster netting 13.

For the season, Lincoln Park finished in a sixth-place tie with Melvindale in the DRL.

Tomorrow night, the Rails will host Fordson in the district semifinals at 7 p.m.

Melvindale

With its DRL season finished up, Melvindale faced a tough non-league opponent last Friday and nearly came away with a victory.

The sixth-place Cardinals (7-12, 7-9 DRL) hosted Belleville and lost only 49-46 to the Tigers (14-7, 6-2 WWAC), who finished in second in the WWAC Blue Division.

At the half, Melvindale was up 22-16 and after three quarters held a 32-28 advantage, but then slipped in the final eight minutes and came away with the three-point defeat.

Next up for the Cardinals is a district semifinal game tomorrow night at Divine Child, against Annapolis.









Last Updated: 3/6/2014 4:05:38 PM EST

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