Tuesday's roundup: Walled Lake Western wins tournament
Behind the performances of Marcus Bailey and Jerald Booker, Walled Lake Western edged Redford Thurston, 66-60, Tuesday night in the championship match of the Livonia Franklin Holiday Tournament.
Bailey recorded a double-double with 20 points and 17 rebounds, while Booker added 20 points.
"Marcus dominated the glass tonight, and Jerald dictated the game and broke people down," first-year Western coach Chip Lutz said.
Thurston (5-1) jumped out on Western early, taking a 20-11 lead into second quarter and headed into halftime with a 35-31 advantage. But Western bounced back in the third, outscoring Thurston by nine to take a 54-47 lead into the final quarter.
"I thought we played better defensively and controlled the gaps," Lutz said of the third. "We were real tough on the boards. I think our rebounding physicality played a big part.
"We were expecting great ball pressure and athleticism from Thurston. And we knew they can shoot the three ball. They hit six 3-pointers tonight."
Western (5-0), which was making its first appearance in the tournament, was able to keep Thurston at bay and close out the game in a back-and-forth fourth quarter to take home the title.
Rickey Hudgens led Thurston with 18 points.
Western defeated Livonia Franklin, 56-33, and Thurston beat Salem, 79-64, on Monday to reach the final.
More Livonia Franklin Holiday Tournament
Salem 62, Livonia Franklin 36: Jakob Lenders had 13 points for Salem (3-2). Johnny Cantrell scored 12 for Franklin (0-6).
Eighth Annual Michael A. Guido Showcase
Dearborn Edsel Ford 73, Dearborn Divine Child 67: Donovan Farrell scored 21 to lead Edsel Ford (3-2), while Chad Gailliard and Jullian Brown added 13 apiece. Quinn Blair led Divine Child (2-2) with 21.
Dearborn Fordson 57, Dearborn Heights Crestwood 36: Muhammed Zahr had 24 points and Hefdadeen Mashrah had 10 for Fordson (5-0). Esa Abduljami scored 14 for Crestwood (2-2).
Detroit Catholic Central 65, Dearborn 42: Tom Smulchski had 19 points and C.J. Baird had 14 for Catholic Central (2-2). Antonio Brintley scored 13 for Dearborn (3-2).
More boys basketball
Grosse Pointe South 61, Detroit Public Safety Academy 48: Sam Kingsley had 19 points, Greg Harris scored 12 and Brennan Buszka had 13 rebounds for South (2-0). Darrion Lawson scored 12 and DeMario Sanders 10 for Detroit PSA.
James Hawkins is a freelance writer; Detroit News staff contributed.