The Melvindale boys basketball team slipped away with a 51-50 victory against host Allen Park Wednesday night.
Koby Boynton led the way for Melvindale (5-9, 2-9 Downriver) with 26 points. Montrez Fuster added 14.
The sophomores are the focal point of his team, Melvindale coach Mack Horvath said.
"We told those two they needed to grow up real fast — and they did that," he said.
Allen Park was ahead 30-26 at halftime. The game was tied at 37 after three quarters. Melvindale took a 51-47 lead with 1:26 left in the fourth quarter.
Allen Park converted all three free throws after a foul in 3-point range, closing to within one with six seconds remaining, but it missed a half-court shot as time expired.
"We knew we weren't going to run away with it," Horvath said of his team's second conference win.
Antonio Riverre paced Allen Park (11-5, 8-4) with 14 points.
Horvath said his team did a good job of isolating Riverre, holding him scoreless in the fourth quarter.
"It was hard for him (Riverre) to get the ball, let alone get a decent look in the fourth quarter," Horvath said.
Melvindale hosts Trenton Friday night while Allen Park travels to Gibraltar Carlson.
Detroit Jalen Rose Leadership Academy 55, Henry Ford Academy 43: Dwayne Eddins had 10 points and Scotty Abdulah had eight for Jalen Rose (11-4). Kyle Harper scored 20 for Henry Ford (5-12).
Madison Heights Madison 69, St. Clair 56: Daniel Feagin had 21 points and Marqwen Carruthers 11 for Madison (11-4, 6-3 MAC Gold). Eric Williams scored 18 for St. Clair (9-7, 5-5).
Allen Park 60, Melvindale 45: Arielle Gamble had 15 points and Erin Fish 13 for Allen Park (13-4, 10-2 Downriver). Danielle Tubbs scored 17, including five 3-pointers, for Melvindale (1-14, 0-10).
Detroit Allen Academy 47, Henry Ford Academy School for Creative Studies 34: Kala Sanders had a double-double with 32 points and 13 rebounds for Allen Academy (11-6, 6-0 MMAC). Paris Walden scored 16 for Henry Ford Academy (5-6, 3-4).
Grosse Pointe North 54, Sterling Heights 35: Erin Armbruster had a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds for North (8-9). Lauren Lesha added 12 points and Katie Snow 11. Sade' Lemons scored 17 for Sterling Heights (9-8).
Grosse Pointe South 50, Romeo 37: Cierra Rice had 20 points for South (12-4, 9-1 MAC Red). Bethany Jones scored nine for Romeo (8-9, 3-8).
Al Willman is a freelance writer.