ROYAL OAK 62, OXFORD 53: Royal Oak showed plenty of offensive balance to open the 2015 portion of its OAA season Tuesday with this crossover victory. The Ravens had four players reach double figures, led by junior guard Vincent Boswell, who hit for a game-high 22 points. Junior guard Cordell Dupree finished with 17 points. Junior forward Lucas Notarantonio and senior forward Nick Metcalfe, the Ravens co-captians, contributed 11 and 10 points, respectively. Senior guard Mason Vires led the Wildcats with 19 points. Royal Oak, a member of the OAA Gold Division, hiked its record to 4-3. Oxford, which plays in the Blue Division, suffered its first loss of the season in five games.
OAK PARK 65, SOUTHFIELD-LATHRUP 50: Fred Johns had another excellent game for Lathrup, but it wasn’t enough in Tuesday’s OAA crossover match-up. Johns registered another double-double with 18 points and 20 rebounds for the Chargers. Teammate Juwan Robinson added 10 points and six steals. Trevor Fuller netted a game-high 22 points for Oak Park.
FERNDALE UNIVERSITY 53, DETROIT WESTSIDE CHRISTIAN 52: Three players reached double figures Tuesday for Ferndale University in this non-league victory. The Driving Eagles were led by senior guard John Moore, who registered a team-high 16 points. Senior forward Charles Watkins and junior guard Justin Penn each notched 10 points. Westside Academy was led by DeShawn Brooks, who scorched the nets for a game-high 23 points.
SEAHOLM 43, FARMINGTON 33: Birmingham Seaholm began the month of January with this OAA crossover triumph Tuesday. The host Maples were led by senior guard and captain Austin Roth, who poured in a game-high 31 points. Jordan Graham led the Falcons with 13 points. Seaholm (OAA Blue Division) hiked its record to 2-3. Farmington (Gold Division) fell to 3-2.
FERNDALE 77, GROVES 76 (OT): Ronald Jenkins canned a 3-point shot late in overtime Tuesday to lift Ferndale to a thrilling victory in Birmingham. Jenkins mustered a game-high 20 points for the Eagles, members of the OAA Gold Division. For Groves, sophomore center Drew Sheckell mustered a fine double-double with 19 points and 12 rebounds. Senior guard Davion Curry tallied 16 points for the Falcons.
ATHENS 67, BLOOMFIELD HILLS 66: Bloomfield Hills suffered its first loss of the season Tuesday. The host Black Hawks were led by senior guard Cameron Dalton, who netted a game-high 23 points. Junior forward Jake Hecker (17 points, six rebounds) and senior center Orende Bynum (eight points, 13 rebounds) also had strong games. Athens was led by John Van Horf’s double-double of 16 points and 10 rebounds.
MUMFORD 61, LATHRUP 50: Lathrup lost Dec. 26 as part of the Renaissance Classic. Fred Johns paced the Chargers with 29 points and 18 rebounds. Mumford had two players reach double figures – Sean Parker (20) and Brandon Green (16). In another game, Athens defeated Lathrup, 65-52. Johns finished with 20 points and 18 rebounds.
BLOOMFIELD HILLS 57, ROYAL OAK 32: Undefeated Bloomfield Hills stopped Royal Oak in an OAA crossover game Tuesday. The visiting Black Hawks (5-0) were led by a pair of young players in 6-foot-3 sophomore forward Amanda Sape and sophomore guard Victorie Franklin. Sape poured in 18 points, while Franklin had 11. The Ravens (3-3) were led by senior forward Allison Karpinski’s 15-point effort. Senior Bailey Haran contributed seven points for Royal Oak.
MARIAN 62, DIVINE CHILD 32: Birmingham Marian soared to a 16-2 lead after the opening quarter Tuesday and rolled to this Catholic League Central Division triumph. The undefeated (6-0) and defending Class A state champion Mustangs were led by a fine all-around effort from sophomore guard Samantha Thomas, who logged 17 points, seven rebounds and four assists. Senior guard and four-year varsity player Kara Holinski also reached double figures for Marian with 10 points. Hannah Brescle led the Falcons (5-2) with eight points.
HAZEL PARK 29, FERNDALE UNIVERSITY 16: Hazel Park won Tuesday in non-league action. The Driving Eagles were led by junior guard Susyana Smith and senior guard Aaliyah Beasley, who registered seven and six points, respectively. Trinity Bentley led the Vikings with a game-high 12 points.
SEAHOLM 37, ATHENS 20: Birmingham Seaholm started the new year with a come-from-behind victory Tuesday in Troy. The Maples were down by a 7-1 score early, but rallied. Sophomore Mackenzie Harbort led the way with 23 points. Sophomore center Dana Hoerman contributed 16 rebounds.
SOUTHFIELD 54, MCBAIN 34: On Dec. 30 in the Roundball Classic, Southfield soared over McBain. Stormeigh Mattison led the way with a game-high 19 points.
COUNTRY DAY 53, MIDLAND 47: On Dec. 30 in the Roundball Classic, Detroit Country Day handed Midland its first loss in a battle of undefeated squads. The game was tied 23-23 at halftime before DCD pulled away in the second half. Destiny Pitts led the Yellowjackets (8-0) with 24 points. Jordan Wright contributed nine. Jaden Williams led Midland (4-1) with 11.
MARIAN 74, EAST CHICAGO (ILL.) CENTRAL 48: On Dec. 30, Marian emerged with this decisive victory. The game was close after one quarter, with the Mustangs holding a 20-15 advantage. However, Marian, the defending Class A state champion and Michigan’s No. 1-ranked team, broke the game open with a 23-8 second-quarter outburst. Three players reached double figures for Marian – senior Jaeda Robinson (18), senior Brittany Gray (13) and sophomore Samantha Thomas (10). Thomas added seven rebounds and seven assists, while Robinson finished with six rebounds and four steals. Junior Bailey Thomas led Marian with five steals and eight assists.
COUNTRY DAY 41, MUSKEGON MONA SHORES 21: On Dec. 27 in the Edison Academy Roundball Classic Showcase, Country Day used a balanced scoring attack as nine different Yellowjackets scored, although no one reached double figures. Sheldon Bochenek led with nine points, while Kaela Webb and Maxine Moore contributed six points apiece. For Mona Shores (3-1), Shamara Thomas netted nine points.
ATHENS 56, GROVES 27: Troy Athens traveled Thursday to Birmingham in OAA crossover action. Kasey Joslin led all scorers with 16 points, while Red Hawks teammates Michele Gervais also hit double figures with 14. For Groves (2-4), sophomore Niyla Lesis finished with seven points.
FERNDALE UNIVERSITY 33, SACRED HEART 30: Host Ferndale University registered this non-league triumph Thursday. Susyana Smith led the Driving Eagles (3-5 overall) with 13 points and three steals. Teammate Cassidy Stervant contributed 11 points, seven rebounds and a pair of blocks. Sacred Heart’s leading scorers were Iman Saleem (10) and Kelly Keating (seven).
SPARTAN INVITATIONAL: Birmingham Seaholm captured top honors in the ninth annual Spartan Invitational, held Jan. 3 at Battle Creek Lakeview. The Maples had 518.5 points, beating runner-up Saline by 178 points. Seaholm won two of the three relays and two individual events. In the 200-yard medley relay, the senior squad of Evan Burke, Jack Russell, Nick Ross and Jimmy Aldrich registered a win. The second relay win came from the quartet of Enrique Hernandez, Russell, Len Ciemniecki and Ross in the 200 free. Seaholm’s individual winners were Hernandez in the 100 free (47.58) and Russell in the 100 breast (59.13). Second-place finishes were logged by Burke (200 IM, 100 fly), Hernandez (50 free) and the 400 free relay squad of Ryan Lawrence, Aldrich, Burke and Hernandez. Seaholm defeated Rochester Adams in an OAA Red Division dual meet Thursday.
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