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Posted on Fri, Dec 16, 2011 : 11:10 p.m.

Pioneer gets boost from bench in win over Adrian and more Friday results

By Staff

With a slim six-point lead in the fourth quarter, the Pioneer High School boys basketball team got a shot in the arm from an unlikely source.

Ismail Husain drained consecutive 3-pointers to put the Pioneers' lead against Adrian back to 12 points and they held on for a 41-30 Southeastern Conference crossover win.

"He really turned the tide for us,” Pioneer coach Rex Stanczak said of Husain, who had been a reserve player. "He earned his minutes this week. He worked his tail off in practice."

The two baskets were Husain’s only points of the game, but they were big ones.

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Adrian had been hanging close by shutting out Pioneer (2-2, 1-0) guard Jimmy Holman, who was averaging 15 points per game.

"He's a scorer, but he's a point guard first and he did his job tonight,” Stanczak said.

Ja’Korey Davis (15 points) and Grant Schaefer (11 point) led the Pioneers. Sebastian Johnson and Tyler Frank scored eight points apiece for Adrian.

Stanczak was proud of his team’s defense, saying it was the best effort by the team in three years.

"I'm not sure we missed a switch all night," he said. "We were just all over everything tonight."


Skyline came inches shy of pulling off a miraculous win when Jordan Woods’ half-court shot hit the backboard and bounced off the rim as time expired, ending a comeback bid.

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"We were just too tentative in the first half. It took us a little while for us to realize we could play with them,” said Skyline coach Mike Lovelace.

The Eagles (2-1) knew they were going to have to try to stop Chandler Park junior Derrick Walton, who has made a verbal commitment to play for Michigan.

The Eagles switched up on defense all night, giving Walton different looks and holding him to 19 points. He made four field goals on the night, with the majority of his points came from the free-throw line.

"In the second half we really made an effort to go out and play aggressive and taking it to them,” said Lovelace.

And being aggressive nearly won Skyline the game. Trailing 38-28 entering the fourth quarter, Skyline stormed back and they had a chance to win the game before Woods’ shot clanged off the iron.

Theron Wilson led Skyline (2-1) with 14 points. Sakthi Sambandan and Travonn Banks added 10 points apiece.


The Hornets led 26-24 after three quarters, but took control of the game by scoring the first nine points of the fourth quarter.

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Saline (3-0, 1-0) used full-court pressure to go on the 9-0 run over the first two minutes of the quarter and claim an SEC crossover win.

"They limited us to one shot and most of those shots were misses. We really did not shoot well,” said Saline coach Matt Seidl. "We were in control of the game, but we couldn't pull away in the third quarter."

Tecumseh outscored Saline 7-3 in the third quarter to cut into the Hornets’ 23-17 halftime lead.

K.C. Borseth led the Hornets with 15 points, all on 3-pointers, and Michael Smutny added 11 points.


Jacob VanHoof scored 14 of his 22 points in the fourth quarter for Dexter, which outscored Monroe 25-6 in the fourth.

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The Dreadnaughts (2-1, 1-0 SEC White) trailed the SEC crossover 27-17 at halftime before chipping away at the lead in the third quarter and exploding in the fourth.

"The first half we got good shots but we didn't make them," Dexter coach Randy Swoverland said.

Everything fell in the fourth quarter, though, as the Dreadnaughts more than doubled their offensive output from the first three quarters. Dexter was 12-for-15 from the free-throw line in the quarter; Monroe 2-for-8.

Derek Seidl had nine points for Dexter while Michael Mioduszewski added four points and 11 rebounds. Chris Biggs led Monroe with 12 points.


The visiting Bulldogs had no answer for Jackson Lamb, the Kicking Mules’ 6-foot-7 power forward who scored a game-high 30 points.

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"Bedford is a tough place to play and Jackson Lamb is a very good player," said Chelsea coach Robin Raymond. " I think we need to get our confidence back and understand we played a really good team."

Bedford built a 10-point lead in the first quarter and took a 35-19 advantage into halftime before sealing the Southeastern Conference crossover win by outscoring the Bulldogs 16-6 in the third quarter.

Michael Steinhauer led Chelsea (2-1, 0-1) with 11 points.


Gabriel Richard’s 0-for-12 shooting from 3-point range in the second half doomed its comeback hopes.

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Kamari Davis led Gabriel Richard (0-3) with 10 points.

While Richard coach Pete Schoch lamented his team’s shooting -- the Irish also went 8-for-21 from the free-throw line -- and lack of ball movement, he did see some positives.

"We're defending better,” Schoch said. “The kids gave good effort tonight in the fourth."


Winless Manchester led by nine points after three quarters but was outscored 31-17 in the decisive fourth.

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"The hard lesson and the harsh reality is, if you want to win games, you have to do things right for 32 minutes," Manchester coach Dave Arnold said. "We show glimpses of it, but we don't hold ourselves accountable to being there for 20 minutes in pre-game and 32 minutes when the ball goes up."

Matt Kemner (21 points), Josh Finley (20) and David Luckas (19) led 0-4 Manchester, which was 8-for-19 from the free-throw line.

Brendon Smith led Leslie with 22 points.

"We need to do a significantly better job on the defensive end, we need to do a significantly better job on the glass," Arnold said. "But to the kids’ credit, they understand that's something we need to address."


Rory Judge scored 15 for Whitmore Lake, which fell to 2-2.

"We did not rebound well at all. We got beat on the boards like 41-26,” Whitmore Lake coach Casey Livingston said. “That was the difference in the game."


Josiah Donat led three Washtenaw Christian players in double-figure scoring totals, earning most of his game-high 16 points on drives to the basket.

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“(Calvary Christian) didn’t have anyone on the court who could keep up with his speed,” Washtenaw Christian coach Aaron Hoesli said.

Bob Clements scored 12 points and Mathias Donat added 10 points, nine steals and eight rebounds for Washtenaw Christian (2-2).

Maalek Getchell scored 10 points for Calvary Christian (1-2).


Central Academy used back-to-back 3-pointers to tie the game midway through the fourth quarter but then -- in the words of assistant coach Jalal Al-Zuobi -- "we just fell apart."

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Luay Shalabi led Central Academy (1-3) with 14 points.

"Our leadership helped us in the last game; it was nowhere to be found today," Al-Zuobi said. He blamed foul trouble and a lack of rhythm when his team’s seniors were on the floor for the void.

Salah Alawgiri led Frontier with 28 points.

"We never had an answer for him, at the offensive or defensive end," Al-Zuobi said.


Tyler Kieras scored 14 points and Jackson Greenstone 11 for Rudolf Steiner, which led 50-5 at halftime.

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“Everything just seemed to click for us,” Storm coach Nick Sherwood said.

Denzel Jordan, who scored 41 points Holt Lutheran last Friday, was on the bench in street clothes. Sherwood didn’t know the reason for his absence.