Milan shuts down Adrian's leading scorer in overtime win and more Friday results
C.J. Turnage took care of the offense for the Milan High School basketball team, but the Big Reds won with their defense on Friday night.
Turnage scored a game-high 21 points, including the tying basket with 27 seconds left in regulation, as Milan stayed unbeaten with a 46-40 overtime win against Adrian.
Milan (4-0) shut out Adrian’s Sebastian Johnson, who came into the game averaging 18 points. Andre Duffin, who scored eight points, including the last four of the game (all from the free-throw line), guarded Johnson most of the way.
"He only had eight but he was huge tonight," Milan coach Josh Tropea said about Duffin and his defense. Duffin got an assist from Jiles Neely in checking Johnson.
"They did a phenomenal job, obviously," Tropea said of the two.
Turnage added nine rebounds for Milan, which struggled offensively after trailing 17-14 through one quarter.
"We played about as bad as we could on the offensive end tonight," Tropea said. "We couldn't throw it in the ocean."
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BRITTON-DEERFIELD 87, MANCHESTER 77
Manchester missed 72 3-pointers in the loss, going 18-for-90 from long range, and was 23-of-110 from the floor.
Manchester took 45 more shots than Britton-Deerfield and grabbed 28 offensive rebounds.
Coach Dave Arnold said that while fellow coaches he talked to were convinced most of those misses came off of forced shots, he said he and his assistants talked after the game and thought that less than 10 of the misses were bad looks.
"They were in a zone and we had good looks," Arnold said. "We just didn't knock them down."
Arnold called a game like this "a step in the growing process" for his team.
"There's an art to doing this," Arnold said, referring to his team’s Grinnell College system. "We'll get it. And when we do it's going to be explosive."
Arnold said he was encouraged by his team’s effort after Thursday night’s 67-52 loss to Michigan Center.
"I felt like we played a lot harder (Friday). Last night, we were just in a funk," he said. "I feel like we're in a lot better position than after last night's game, so it's a step forward."
Nate Bossory scored 18 points (all on 3-pointers) and Josh Finley 17 for Manchester (1-6).
EWMA 56, WASHTENAW CHRISTIAN 40
Eastern Washtenaw Multicultural Academy committed six turnovers, far fewer than its coach’s expectations, in the win.
"I told them before the game: turnovers and rebounds," EWMA coach Jibri Taylor said. "If we can end up with less than 10 turnovers in the first half, we'll win."
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Kornelius Saxton scored 18 points, Sami Farha 14 and Momin Malik 12 for EWMA (3-3). Brian Stout led Washtenaw Christian (2-3) with 10 points.
"This was the best game we've played all season," Taylor said.
RIVERVIEW GABRIEL RICHARD 41, FATHER GABRIEL RICHARD 37
A third quarter in which Ann Arbor Richard was outscored 19-5 proved to be the Fighting Irish’s undoing.
"For whatever reason, in the third quarter, we had some defensive breakdowns that led to some threes," Ann Arbor Richard coach Matt Carroll said. His team gave up three 3-pointers in the third quarter and the Fighting Irish’s offensive struggles compounded the problems.
"We just could not hit a shot (in the third)," Carroll said.
But Ann Arbor Richard rallied, holding Riverview Richard to two fourth-quarter points and cutting a 13-point deficit to three with 36 seconds left on a Sarah Falvey 3-pointer.
Falvey had 11 points and six steals for Ann Arbor Richard (4-3, 0-2 Catholic League).
"She had a really nice game tonight," Carroll said. "She was our best player tonight."