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Posted on Fri, Dec 9, 2011 : 9:18 p.m.

Skyline boys basketball wins opener in overtime and more Friday results

By Staff

With two of its top players on the bench, the Skyline High School boys basketball team turned to Marquis Wesley for an answer in overtime.

He responded by scoring five of the Eagles' 11 points in overtime of a 66-63 season-opening win at Plymouth.

Skyline coach Mike Lovelace called it an important moment for Wesley and several other players who were members of the junior varsity at this time last year.

"(They) were asked to give us that important depth," Lovelace said. "This was big for them to come through for us and pull out a big game like that."

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With Jordan Woods fouled out and Theron Wilson suffering from a cramp, Wesley stepped up before fouling out himself in the extra period.

The game went into overtime after Plymouth rallied to erase a 10-point deficit in the fourth quarter. Skyline had chances to put the game away, but never capitalized.

"We never really had the big run,” said Lovelace. "Both teams played a tough game."

Woods and Wilson each scored 11 points to lead the Eagles. Wilson added seven rebounds and six assists.


Gabriel Richard coach Pete Schoch knew his team was a heavy underdog and, despite the lopsided score, was pleased with his players' efforts.

"We ran into a buzzsaw. (Country Day) was in top form tonight,” Schoch said. "Since our debacle at Pioneer, we've actually gotten better. We had two really good days of practice."

The Irish (0-2) opened their season with a 70-34 loss to Pioneer on Tuesday.

Country Day made 13 shots from 3-point range in the win.


Dexter, which trailed by as many as 15 points in the third quarter, missed a 3-pointer down 42-39 late in the fourth. Canton made two free throws to secure the win.

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“Their defense controlled the game in the second, third and early fourth quarter,” Dreadnaughts coach Randy Swoverland said.

But Dexter (1-1) came back by forcing turnovers with its press, outscoring the Chiefs 17-12 in the fourth quarter.

Jay Lewis led the Dreadnaughts with 17 points and Michael Mioduszewski added 10.

Josh Mayberry and Paul Baumgart each scored 12 points for Canton (2-0).


Every time the Bulldogs needed a basket to stop a South Lyon rally, they responded and were able to survive a scare to move to 2-0 on the season.

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"I thought we controlled the flow for the first half. South Lyon started to trap us and got back in the game,” said Chelsea coach Robin Raymond. "Our defense in the first half was outstanding. Especially with our interior defense."

The Bulldogs took a seven-point lead into the fourth quarter, when South Lyon's Luke Short took over and nearly brought his team back.

"He's a very good point guard. He's a tough match-up,” Raymond said.

Short scored 17 of his game-high 24 points in the final quarter, helping to cut the Chelsea lead to 52-51 late in the game. The Bulldogs ran a backdoor cut that led to an easy basket and helped put the game away.

Jake Fischhaber led the Bulldogs with 15 points and eight rebounds while Jack McDougall had 10 points and seven assists.


With Lincoln opening its season on Friday night and Willow Run playing in just its second game of the year, there were no records to throw out for the intra-city rivals on Friday. Instead, you might as well throw out the size of the schools.

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The Class C Flyers (1-1) took a 43-42 lead into the fourth quarter and held on to beat their Class A cross-town rivals. Jamal Poplar led Willow Run with 18 points, 20 rebounds and five blocks. McKenzie Dunlap had 13 points, seven assists and seven steals.

"Jamal had a heck of a game and Mckenzie had a tremendous game," said Willow Run coach George Woods.

The Flyers helped keep Lincoln in the game, though, going just 2 of 15 from the free-throw line on the night.

"We almost gave it away," Woods said. "You can gurantee that's something we're going to work on before our next game."

Brendan Griffin led Lincoln with 12 points.


It was a coach's dream. Milan’s domination was such that coach Josh Tropea was able to play all 15 members of his roster in its season-opening win.

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“Those kids work so hard during the week, they deserve an opportunity,” Tropea said. “Overall, I was happy with our effort, of all 15 guys who played on the floor.”

The Big Reds were able to find playing time for everybody after taking a 35-16 lead into halftime.

Andre Duffin led Milan with 14 points and Jiles Neely added 13. Brad VanAtter led Tecumseh (0-2) with 11 points.


The Trojans are 2-0, exceeding their win total from last season, after a second straight come-from-behind win. East Jackson led 26-22 at halftime.

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"To come back and beat (East Jackson and Grass Lake) this year speaks volumes about the hard work these guys are putting in," coach Casey Livingston said. “They’re learning how to finish games.”

Whitmore Lake took the lead in the third quarter, then Dylan St. Charles held off East Jackson (1-1) with a pair of 3-pointers in the fourth quarter. St. Charles finished with a game-high 16 points while Jason Moll added nine points and nine rebounds.

Terry Calagon had 15 points and 15 rebounds for East Jackson despite not finishing the game. He rolled an ankle early in the fourth quarter when he stepped on a teammate’s foot.


A sluggish third quarter spelled doom for the Greenhills Gryphons (0-2), as they were outscored 14-5 in the quarter thanks in large part to foul trouble.

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"We had a height advantage, but unfortunately we lost it a little bit with the (third quarter) foul trouble,” said coach Andrew Wright.

Andrew Khouri had 22 points for Greenhills, but picked up his fourth foul early in the third quarter forcing him to the bench. The Gryphons couldn’t find the touch on offense with Khouri on the bench and soon, Westland was in the lead.

"I'm not that disappointed, I know this is coming," said Wright. "This is a young team."


With possession of the ball underneath their own basket with 1 second left, the Wildcats’ banked 3-point attempt missed as time expired.

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Bob Clements led Washtenaw Christian (1-1) with 14 points, five rebounds and four steals. Jesse Smrcka scored 14 and Michael Roebke 11 for Lutheran South.

“It was a defensive and turnover-filled game,” Wildcats coach Aaron Hoesli said. “It was a good test. I’m looking forward to playing them again.”


Shandy Hunter, playing his second game at Rudolf Steiner since moving from Nevada, was 5-for-6 on 3-pointers as part of his 17 points to lead the Storm.

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“He's always been capable of knocking down the three, that's his specialty,” Steiner coach Nick Sherwood said. “We put him in the corner all night long and they couldn't get to him."

Steiner (1-1) has given up an average of 38 points this season.

“Defensively we played great,” Sherwood said.


Hasan Attar was 5-for-6 on 3-pointers to help give Central Academy its first win of the year.

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"It was like he was throwing into the ocean," Central assistant coach Jalal Al-Zoubi said. "He couldn't miss."

Mohammad Issa scored 18, Omar Hasan 14 and Luay Shalabi added 13 for Central (1-2), which lost a 96-92 shootout Thursday night. Al-Zoubi admitted the team came out a little flat and lazy and the coaching staff called two timeouts early to help the players get their legs under them.

He also credited his team's senior leadership, including Shalabi, for righting the ship.

This file will be updated throughout the night. Coaches can call in results to 734-623-2561 or by emailing



Sat, Dec 10, 2011 : 4:50 p.m.

Nice rebound by Central after their 0-2 start!