Monday's roundup: Romulus rallies for boys basketball win

Al Willman
Special to The Detroit News

Romulus’ boys basketball team has what might be one of the toughest schedules in the area, and perhaps the state.

Monday night, Romulus came back to beat Detroit Edison Public School Academy, 85-80.

“We play a tough schedule,” Romulus assistant coach Keith Rydzik said of a schedule that includes losses to U-D Jesuit and Clarkston. “We take a lot of pride in winning at home. We really needed to win this game. We play one of the toughest schedules in the state but it doesn’t do any good when we don’t win games.”

Monday’s win for Romulus was only its second of five home games this season.

D’Angelo Hansdro had 35 points to lead Romulus (4-5). Rashaan Pope earned a double-double with 14 points and 12 rebounds.

“He’s a high IQ player who’s a clutch shooter,” Rydzik said of the 6-foot-1 senior shooting guard.

David Dejulius scored 27 and William Weems 24 for DEPSA (4-3).

The game was a back-and-forth affair, which was tied at 37 at halftime.

After three, Romulus trailed 60-57.

Rydzik said Kaevon Merriweather and Sevann Williams both had strong contributions off the bench in the fourth quarter.

Up 77-76 with 51 seconds left, Sevann Williams hit an open 3-pointer from the corner to increase Romulus’ lead to four points. He sealed the win by making four consecutive free throws in the final minute.

“He really helped out,” Rydzik said of Williams, a 5-foot-9 forward and two-sport athlete, who finished with eight points — all in the fourth quarter. “They were really starting to close in on Hansdro. We needed some other guys to step up.”

“We expect our guys to shoot open threes and make them. He did what he was supposed to do.”

Romulus travels to Redford Thurston on Friday, beginning an eight-game stretch of Western Wayne Athletic Conference Blue matchups.

“We have to win out to play Belleville again at home to try and win a league championship,” Rydzik said.

More boys basketball

River Rouge 49, Harper Woods Chandler Park Academy 46: Darian Owens-White had 17 points for River Rouge (7-1). Delante Peterson added 14. Marlon Crawford scored 11 for Chandler Park (5-3).

Girls basketball

Carleton Airport 41, Grosse Ile 39: Courtney Post had eight points to lead Airport (4-6, 3-2 Huron). Kate Tobin scored 19 for Grosse Ile (8-1, 4-1).

Detroit King 70, Grosse Pointe South 51: Micaela Kelly had 19 points and 10 rebounds to lead King (10-1). Tia Tedford had 14 points, and Alicia Norman scored 13. Margaret Brennan led South (3-6) with 13.

Pontiac Notre Dame Prep 57, Riverview Gabriel Richard 24: Celia Gaynor had 13 points for Notre Dame Prep (8-1, 4-0 Catholic League AA). Sarah Beckett added eight. Anne Payette scored seven for Gabriel Richard (1-9, 0-5).