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During Downriver League play, Trenton beat Woodhaven both times the teams met.

On Wednesday, it looked like the Trojans (6-15, 3-13 DRL) were headed for a season sweep, as they had a 12-point lead after the first quarter of the Class A District, District 14 semifinal against the Warriors (3-19, 0-16 DRL).

Instead, Woodhaven battled back and claimed a 48-43 victory, which advanced the squad to Friday’s district final against Anderson, back at Roosevelt. To play Wednesday, the Warriors had knocked off Riverview 43-37 on Monday in the first round.

“It feels great,” said Woodhaven Coach Greg Scheffler. “The kids are having some fun finally. Some of the hard work we did throughout the season is starting to show some dividends.”

Rashod Johnson led the Warriors with 14 points and six rebounds, Beruk Lessanework netted all eight of his points in the fourth quarter and Nick Towianski had seven points and five rebounds.

Trenton took a 15-3 lead in the first quarter, thanks to a pair of 3-pointers from Jerry LaBell and one from Christian Mercure. With 14 points for the night, Mercure paced his squad, while LaBell finished with 11.

The tables turned in the second quarter, as the Trojans managed only three points, while the Warriors netted a dozen, and went into the half down only 18-15. The second-quarter surge was aided by four points from Towianski and triple by Niko Rickard, who also had some key rebounds.

“They got a little bit more physical,” said Trenton Coach Jay Babyak of the opponent. “They got aggressive and we kind of laid down a little bit and didn’t answer their aggressiveness. They muscled us around; they did what they wanted to us tonight.”

Out of the break, Trenton maintained its lead with five third-quarter points from LaBell, along with three from Jaylin Jordan, and went into the last eight minutes up 29-24.

About two minutes into the final quarter, the Warriors finally took over the lead when Rashod Johnson pulled down a defensive rebound and then went the length of the court for two points, which put the purple and white group up 30-29.

A bucket from Mercure put Trenton back up by one, but Towianski countered with a quick field goal and his team led the rest of the way.

Although Trenton kept it close, Lessanework’s big fourth quarter, along with some key free throws down the stretch by the squad, allowed Woodhaven to pull away late for the five-point win.

Friday’s game for the district championship against Anderson will tip off at 7 p.m. at Roosevelt.

Last Updated: 3/6/2014 4:05:03 PM EST