Senior guard Adrian Pattah and the Harrison boys basketball team had a running, gunning start to the new season Tuesday.
Pattah scored a career-high 24 points to lead the visiting Hawks to a 62-41 victory over Hamtramck in their first game under new coach Stefon Wilson.
Harrison jumped out to a 23-5 lead at the end of the first quarter and was well on its way to getting the victory.
Senior guard Trevon Dixon, who supplied 18 points, and Pattah sank four three-point field goals each.
“I thought our energy was fantastic to start the game,” Wilson said. “We played very aggressively to start. That’s what I’m most impressed with.
“We made some mistakes, but they were aggressive mistakes that we can go back, look at the film and get better from.
“We shot the ball well from the three. We really executed our offense and took advantage of some open shots.
“Sometimes, you see a team run the offense well, but that shot doesn’t go. We knocked them down.”
Junior Russell Campbell added 10 points for the winners, and senior point guard Anthony Giovanni dished out seven assists.
Senior Tommy Williams and Dixon had six rebounds apiece, Campbell and Pattah three each.
Pattah also had four assists, Giovanni and senior Andre Fields three steals apiece. Harrison was 6-of-11 at the foul line.
“We didn’t have a scouting report on Hamtramck,” Wilson said. “We had no idea what to expect, so we prepared for everything.
“It was good team win. Our bench was involved. I’m proud of the guys tonight. We have to go back to work tomorrow.”
The Hawks will play Walled Lake Northern at 7 p.m. Friday in the Oakland Classic at North Farmington.
CC tops Falcons
Farmington was in the game for three quarters Tuesday, trailing Novi Detroit Catholic Central by eight, 44-36.
The Falcons were held to four points in the fourth and outscored by nine, however, as the Shamrocks pulled away to a 57-40 victory.
Tyler Laurentius scored 14 points, CJ Baird 12 and Gio Genrich 11 for CC. Farmington’s Jordan Graham scored a game-high 20 points.
The Shamrocks were 12-of-13 at the foul line, the Falcons 10-of-14.
Groves gets OT win
Birmingham Groves opened the boys basketball season Tuesday with a thrilling, 78-73 overtime victory against host Redford Thurston.
The Falcons were led by returning junior forward Drew Sheckell, who registered a strong double-double with a game-high 25 points and 12 rebounds.
Senior point guard Grant Gilbert, in his third varsity season, contributed 15 points and dished out seven assists.
Thurston’s high scorer was Brandon Marshall with 20 points.
Eagles soar in debut
Southfield Christian showed its again a force to be reckoned with in Class C state tournament play by defeating highly regarded Detroit Loyola Tuesday, 68-59.
The Eagles were led by junior Brock Washington who netted 23 points. Sophomore Bryce Washington finished with 17 points and senior Richard Feagin also reached double figures with 14 points.
Senior Marlo Brown hauled in a team-high 10 rebounds to accompany eight points.
The win lifted Southfield Christian to 2-0 on the season. The Eagles play West Bloomfield at 3:30 p.m. Saturday as part of the Oakland Classic at North Farmington High School.
Canton edges DCD
Canton won its season opener Tuesday, 53-49 over Beverly Hills-Detroit Country Day.
Canton was led by B.Artis White’s 13 points. Logan Ryan had a well-rounded game with 11 points, seven rebounds and six blocks. Obi Okoli added 10 points.
Ashton Franklin was the high scorer for the Yellowjackets with 15 points.