Rochester Adams received good news about Spencer Littleson on Friday afternoon: He was nominated for the McDonald’s All-America team.
“The letter came to the school, and Coach (John) Hall told me about it,” Littleson said. “He called me down to his room and told me. It’s a great honor.”
The Adams announcer told the crowd at the end of the third quarter — just after the senior point guard had barked at the referee for not getting a foul call. He had to be yanked away by a coach as the home team led, 49-46, against Rochester Hills Stoney Creek in an Oakland Activities showdown of undefeated teams.
“He gets wound up, but 99% of the time it’s not about Spencer, it’s about the team,” Hall said after his team pulled out a 66-63 victory with Littleson, a Duquesne commit, leading the way with 30 points.
“It’s tough for a kid to be a scoring point guard. He’s very unselfish, and he’s about the team. We need him to score.”
Adams (6-0) took a nine-point lead early in the fourth quarter, but needed some great defense late to escape the Cougars (6-1).
In the fourth, the Highlanders increased the lead to 55-46 on two free throws by Michael Girdler. Stoney Creek pulled to within 58-55 on two free throws by Jon Paul Sinacola (16 points).
Adams’ defense forced the Cougars into a 38-second possession, resulting in a missed shot. Littleson then scored five straight points for a 64-58 lead.
“I thought our defense at that point was great,” Hall said.
Stoney Creek coach Steve Norgrove agreed.
“I thought there was a lull there in the second half,” he said. “Our offense kind of slowed down. I think we were pressing a little bit. I thought we played well. I’m proud of the guys, and there’s a chance we’ll see them in the district final.”
Joey Ziniti helped the Highlanders with 17 points. Ben Reiter had 17 before he fouled out for the Cougars.
Littleson looked to be on his way to reaching his average of almost 31 points early, but the Cougars hung in there with him.
Ziniti nailed two three-pointers in the first quarter before Littleson went to work, scoring seven straight points as the home team extended its lead to 15-5.
Sinacola scored eight points in the first quarter, and Stoney Creek rallied to take a 35-34 lead at haftime.
The Cougars led by as many as six, 41-35, in the second half thanks to consecutive threes by Reiter, before Adams rallied with eight straight points to take a 43-41 lead on a lay-up by Ziniti.
Call in results to the Free Press at 313-222-6660 or 800-678-6728 anytime after 6 p.m. weekdays and 3 p.m. Saturdays.