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Truman trounces Kennedy, Melvindale beats Annapolis in district semis

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After splitting a pair of Downriver League games in February, in-city rivals Truman and Kennedy clashed once more in the playoffs.

With the season on the line this time, the Cougars (20-2, 14-2 DRL) used a big second half to crush the Eagles (15-6, 13-3 DRL) 76-48 in the Class A, District 15 semifinals Wednesday night in Belleville.

With the victory, Truman moves on to face Romulus Friday night in the district final.

With one quarter in the books, the Cougars led only 15-12 and at the half were up just 28-23.

Out of the break, Kennedy’s Verteaz Tillman caught fire and with eight quick points he gave his squad a narrow lead.

The lead quickly disappeared and the Cougars went on to outscore the Eagles 19-11 in the third quarter and 19-4 in the final eight minutes.

For Truman, Aaron Foster-Smith scored a game-high 22 points, Anthony Wartley-Fritz netted 19 and Devain Newbill finished with 16.

Also, four different Cougars hit double figures in rebounds, as Foster-Smith and Devonte McGregor both pulled down 15, Wartley-Fritz grabbed 11 and Newbill came away with 10.

Leading the Eagles in points was Andia Marsh with 13 and Tillman with eight.

Truman and Romulus will square off at 7 p.m. Friday night in Belleville for the district championship.


With a win against Annapolis Wednesday night, Melvindale got one step closer to winning a district title.

In the Class B, District 40 semifinals at Divine Child, the Cardinals (9-12, 7-9 DRL) won 63-55 against the Cougars (1-18, 0-11 DRL).

Wissam Saeed led Melvindale with 18 points, Malik Boynton netted 13 and Albert Webster came away with 10.

Next up for the Cardinals is the district championship game Friday night against River Rouge, which will be played at 7 p.m., back at Divine Child.

Last Updated: 3/6/2014 2:29:20 AM EST