The “bigs” on Redford Thurston’s boys basketball team would have been suitable spokesmen for Sherwin Williams Tuesday night as they owned the paint against visiting Redford Union.
Led by Deaunte Jackson’s 18 points and Isiah Crofford’s 17 rebounds, the Eagles clipped the Panthers, 56-43, to improve to 7-1 overall and 3-0 in the Western Wayne Athletic Conference’s Red Division.
The crosstown rivalry contest was originally slated to be held at Redford Union, but a set of faulty bleachers – combined with the expectations of a large crowd – forced the game to be moved to Thurston.
Crofford and Brandon Marshall both complemented Jackson’s offensive effort with 10 points a piece.
Jerrime Koger led the Panthers with 14 points.
“We were up eight at the half and they got it down to six at one point in the fourth quarter, but we held on,” said Thurston head coach Brian Bates. “Redford Union played really well. We were fortunate to get out of there tonight with a win.”
Thurston led 17-13 after one quarter and 30-22 at the half. The Eagles expanded their lead to 43-32 with eight minutes left.
The Eagles were ball-hawks on defense, particularly Marshall and Rickey Hudgens, both of whom racked up three steals.
Stevenson nips Mustangs
Noah Campbell’s three-point basket with 1 second left gave Livonia Stevenson a 66-65 victory at Northville on Tuesday night. Campbell finished with a team-high 26 points. Jacob Dollar added 18 and Jalen Webber scored nine.
David Morrissey led the Mustangs with 26 points. Ryan Roberts added 17.
Stevenson led 20-17 after one quarter, 34-28 at the half and 48-47 with eight minutes to play.
Cougars upend Trojans
Visiting Livonia Clarenceville closed a late 11-point deficit to four against Garden City Tuesday night before the Cougars pulled away for a 65-59 victory.
The win lifted the Cougars’ overall ledger to 2-5 while their WWAC Red Division mark improved to 1-2. Clarenceville slipped to 0-6 and 0-3, respectively.
“We had a double-digit lead in the fourth quarter and then – bam, bam, bam – Clarenceville got it down to four,” recounted GC head coach Ron Pummill. “They had a size advantage on us, so they were shooting and crashing in the fourth quarter and getting a lot of second shots.”
Garden City’s stat sheet was well-balanced. Joe Pummill and Branden Grace both scored 16 points while Travis Trigg and Travis Kidd both tallied 12.
Pummill nailed four of the Cougars’ seven three-point makes – all in the second half.
“The threes were big tonight because they get everybody fired up and it gets our student cheering section going,” Ron Pummill said.
Grace led the winners with 13 rebounds. Pummill also contributed nine boards and four assists. Robbie Moyers led the Cougars with five assists.
Jermal Johnson was a load for the Trojans, netting 23 of his 28 points in the second half.
GC made just 12 of 26 free throws while Clarenceville was 11 of 21 from the stripe.
Rockets overpower Chargers
Senior 6-foot-10 center Mike Edwards scored a team-high 17 points Tuesday night to lead visiting Westland John Glenn to a 55-43 victory over Livonia Churchill.
The win improved the Rockets to 2-5 overall while Churchill slipped to 5-3. Both teams are 1-1 in the KLAA South Division.
Junior guard Jon Hovermale led the Chargers with 17 points.
“We doubled Edwards every time he got the ball, and we actually did a pretty good job on him,” said Churchill head coach Jimmy Solak. “He didn’t score in the second and third quarters. He hurt us on offensive rebounds and put-backs.”
Poor shooting doomed the Chargers, who connected on just 15 of 45 field goals and 9 of 15 free throws. John Glenn made 14 of 28 free throws.
The game was tied at 27-all at the half before John Glenn seized a 42-35 lead after three stanzas.
Churchill sliced its deficit to 42-37 early in the fourth quarter and two possessions to get even closer.
“But we couldn’t score on either trip and Glenn scored on both of their next two possessions and that was pretty much it,” said Solak. “We just didn’t shoot well tonight.”
Warriors upend Hawks
Lutheran Westland outscored Huron Valley Lutheran 18-4 during the pivotal third quarter on the way to a 53-38 victory Tuesday night.
The result improved the Warriors’ record to 2-3 overall while the Hawks slipped to 1-4. It was the MIAC opener for both squads.
Luke Smith had a phenomenal night for the winners, scoring 22 points to go with 11 rebounds. Smith was nearly unstoppable in the paint, making eight of his 10 field-goal attempts.
Zach Burk added nine points for the Warriors while Cleveland Tarp anchored the defense with three blocked shots.
Austin Bell led the Hawks with 13 points. Nathan Hamilton and Nicholas Doletzky both scored six points for HVL.
Lutheran Westland, which made 11 of 19 free throws, led 22-15 at the half before stretching its advantage to 40-19 with eight minutes to play.
“We were a little sluggish in the first half, but we managed to keep our turnovers down,” said LW coach Jim Hoeft. “In the second half our defensive pressure led to a lot of easy transition buckets.
“We were dominant on the low post also. Luke Smith had a tremendous game tonight. We fed him the ball in the post repeatedly, and he was able to finish. When a guy is hungry, you have to feed him. That’s exactly what we did. It was definitely nice to get the first conference win.”