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Posted on Sat, Dec 17, 2011 : 7:59 p.m.

Huron, Pioneer win boys basketball games and more Saturday results

By Staff

The Huron High School boys basketball team didn't have much time to lick its wounds after a 66-57 loss to Ypsilanti on Friday.

Less than 24 hours later, the River Rats had perennial state power Saginaw Arthur Hill to deal with in the showcase game of the Roundball Classic at West Bloomfield High School in a game voted the statewide Game of the Week.

Huron picked up its first win of the season 54-40 in the rematch of a 2009 Class A state quarterfinal.

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River Rats coach Waleed Samaha called the game his team's best defensive performance of the year.

"We basically pressed for three quarters," Samaha said.

Huron (1-2) led 30-18 at halftime and extended the lead to as many as 19 points in the fourth quarter.

In the third quarter, Huron turned Arthur Hill turnovers into buckets on three consecutive possessions. Huron switched to a zone defense in the fourth quarter, forcing Arthur Hill to try to beat them from the outside.

When Arthur Hill's shots didn't fall, second chance opportunities were limited due to Huron's effectiveness on the boards, according to Samaha.

"We kept them off the offensive glass, which was great," Samaha said.

Arthur Hill's 6-foot-10 senior center Jordan Hare -- a Rhode Island commit -- led all scorers with 15 points and had 10 rebounds, but Samaha said his team's defense helped limit his effect on the game.

"Hare's an impressive athlete and he had some impressive dunks and some impressive blocks," Samaha said. "But we did a good job of denying him the ball. We really pressured their guards, limiting (Hare's) touches."

Mike Lewis and Yante Jackson each scored 12 points for Huron, while Andre Bond and Allen Thomas had 11 apiece. Lewis also had nine rebounds.


For a moment, Pioneer coach Rex Stanczak was able to look past his team's offensive struggles and marvel at what it had accomplished defensively the past two nights.

The Pioneers followed a 41-30 win over Adrian on Friday with a win against Detroit Cody at the Romulus Invitational on Saturday.

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"I've been coaching 24 years and I told them I don't think I've ever had two teams combine back-to back for less than 61 points," Stanczak said. "We had a hard time offensively, as usual, turned the ball over too much, didn't execute very well. But, defensively, we played outstanding."

Jibreel Hussein got his first start of the year in place of an injured Grant Schaefer and led the team in scoring with 14 points, including a three-point play late in the fourth quarter with Pioneer (3-2) ahead 32-31.

After not playing at all against Adrian and struggling in the two previous games, Giovanni Wasson provided a spark off the bench with eight points, including five free throws in the fourth quarter.

Starting point guard Jimmy Holman injured his shoulder early in the game and continued to play despite being extremely limited. He finished with six points.

"We needed (Holman) and he gutted it out, basically without the use of one arm," Stanczak said. "It was inspirational to everyone."


Arbor Prep improved to 4-0 on the season with a blowout win over the host Bulldogs at the Dearborn Heights Robichaud Christmas Classic on Saturday.

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Sakiya Wells led the Gators' four scorers in double digits with 21 points and also had eight assists and six steals. Arbor Prep led just 14-13 after the first quarter, but switched to man-to-man defense in the second quarter that totally changed the complexion of the game, according to coach Rod Wells.

"We pressured them all over the floor and let the defense set the tempo," Wells said. "We made them play at a fast tempo."

Brianna Smiley, playing her first game of the season, had 10 points and six rebounds.

"(Smiley) had a very good game off the bench," Wells said. "I'm very proud of her."


Considering Ypsilanti's opponent was playing its 12th game of the year, coach Chris Slater thought the Phoenix -- playing their fourth -- fared pretty well at the Dearborn Heights Robichaud holiday tournament.

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"(Bogan) was really hitting on all cylinders," Slater said. "But I think it was probably the best game we've played."

Jasmine Jones led Ypsilanti (0-4) with 13 points.