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At the start of the year, River Rouge was relying on its offense to win games. Yet lately, Lamonta Stone’s boys have had to adjust to winning lower scoring contests.

“Teams are doing a good job of taking away some things we want to do offensively,” Stone said, “Our motto is ‘Offense wins games, but defense wins championships.’

He got the right balance of offense and defense to defeat visiting Detroit Community, 54-44, Wednesday night.

What was a close game for the most part, opened up in the fourth quarter for River Rouge (9-1) after three straight defensive stops led to a 10-point lead it never relinquished.

“Our defense has to maintain status quo,” said Stone.

Dorian Owens-White had 13 points for River Rouge, while Dominyck Thomas chipped in with 12.

Jamerio Jackson scored 28 for Community (6-2).

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Macomb Dakota 80, Sterling Heights Stevenson 71 (OT): Jermaine Jackson Jr. and Steven Marshall both had 22 points and Thomas Kithier had 12 points, 10 rebounds and five blocks for Dakota (8-0). Vince Ramaci scored 17 for Stevenson (6-3).

Blake Meakin is a freelance writer

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