Dearborn — Closeness geographically seems to bring out the best competition and that’s just what happened when Dearborn Divine Child met up with Dearborn Heights Crestwood Friday night.
Divine Child (3-0) — which was led by sophomore Quinn Blair’s 34 points — blew an 18-point halftime lead but rebounded nicely in the fourth quarter with some timely shots to get the 70-62 victory.
“I thought some guys stepped up,” Divine Child coach Andy Dold said. “We found that we’re a little more resilient. In years past, we would have packed it in.”
Crestwood got out to an early 6-0 lead, forcing Divine Child to call a timeout.
Something changed after that, and Divine Child went on a 12-0 run to take a lead that put them in control for the majority of the game.
“You can’t dig yourself a hole like that early,” said Crestwood coach Mike Bright,” We had to survive, we didn’t really survive. We totally played into their hands.”
Divine Child made its shots and was controlling the tempo of the game. Blair had 22 first-half points.
But after halftime, Crestwood (2-2) came storming back by forcing turnovers in its half-court offense. It outscored Divine Child, 24-11, in the third quarter. Crestwood’s deficit dwindled to five at the end of the third quarter and it tied the game with 6:55 left on an Imante Bosques (10 points) layup.
Divine Child, however, found a way to rebound, thanks in part to Liam Soraghan, who had only nine points for the game but got all nine in the fourth quarter.
“Soraghan stepped up,” Dold said. “I almost screwed it up by pulling him out.”
Soraghan gave Divine Child the lead back on a free throw following a basket.
Bright said his team had good looks late in the game, but just couldn’t capitalize.
“When they don’t fall, they don’t fall,” he said. “That’s basketball.”
Jordan Jones chipped in 16 points for Divine Child.
Charles Demings led the way for Crestwood with 21 points.
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Blake Meakin is a freelance writer; News staff contributed