Tuesday's roundup: Rally keeps Canton unbeaten

Al Willman
The Detroit News

Canton — Down 49-40 to Livonia Churchill with two minutes left, Canton’s boys basketball team was on the verge of its first loss of the season.

Instead, Canton won 63-57, in double overtime.

“We had to make plays in the fourth quarter to get that done,” Canton coach Jimmy Reddy said. “We got a stop when we had to at the end of regulation. We got a stop when we had to at the end of overtime. Those are big time stops.”

Obi Okoli led Canton (16-0, 9-0 KLAA South) with 22 points. Logan Ryan scored 13.

Joan Andoni led Churchill (9-6, 5-4) with 23 points. Jon Hovermale scored 10.

Churchill started quickly, jumping to a 7-0 lead in the first 1:52. After going down 9-0, Canton answered with a 9-0 run of its own to tie the score with 2:20 left. After one, Churchill led 17-9, closing the quarter with an 8-0 run.

“We came out and played,” Churchill coach Jim Solak said. “The kids were ready to go. They played with emotion tonight and we haven’t seen that in a little while.”

Churchill kept up pressure in the second, leading 23-9 midway through the quarter. Canton tried to claw back, but Churchill had an answer each time. Churchill led 27-16 at the break.

“Obviously we weren’t sharp early,” Reddy said. “The disappointing thing is that we weren’t ready defensively. We did such a great job on those guys last time (61-52 win on Jan. 19) defensively. They’re good.”

Ryan said Reddy delivered a message at the half.

“He (Reddy) did a lot of yelling, and rightfully so,” Ryan said. “We were playing pretty poorly. He told us this was gut-check time and we needed to respond. I think we did a pretty good job with that.”

Both teams traded baskets to start the half. As with the first half, Churchill had an answer for nearly every Canton bucket.

Churchill had a 36-28 lead after three quarters.

Ryan capped a 9-0 run at the end of regulation with back-to-back 3-pointers, tying the score at 49.

“I just wanted to get the win, most importantly,” he said. “Being like that when we’re down, that’s the most important thing.”

Reddy said his team hasn’t really been challenged like Churchill challenged it this season.

“I like how we thought with two minutes left that we were still in it,” Reddy said. “We haven’t had a game like that this year. We haven’t really had a close game like this in about two months. We needed it.”

At halftime, Canton honored its football and boys soccer teams. The football team made the MHSAA Final Four in the fall, while the soccer team was the MHSAA runner up.

MORE BOYS BASKETBALL

Allen Park Inter-City Baptist 63, Auburn Hills Oakland Christian 37: Garrett Kraatz had 22 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists and Brady Fressel scored 17 for Inter-City Baptist (10-5, 5-4 MIAC Blue). Eric Unger scored 12 for Oakland Christian (5-9, 2-6).

Clinton Township Clintondale 69, Clawson 66: Jordan Jackson scored 23 for Clintondale (6-9, 3-7 MAC Silver). Eric Hattaway scored 20 for Clawson (6-8, 4-8).

Dearborn 55, Dearborn Heights Annapolis 54: Ali Berry scored 14 and Shane Moran made the winning jumper with five seconds left and finished with 13 points for Dearborn (9-7, 6-2 WWAC Red). Juwuan Banks scored 15 and Alex Ismail 14 for Annapolis (6-8, 5-4).

Dearborn Heights Robichaud 55, Redford Union 38: Jashawn Weseley had 22 points and seven assists, and Jasir Poole 11 points and six rebounds for Robichaud (10-4).

Dearborn Fordson 51, Dearborn Edsel Ford 43: Yousuf Farhat scored 26 for Fordson. Chad Galliard scored 13 for Edsel Ford.

Detroit Allen Academy 65, Detroit Community 53: Drequan Bell scored 23 and Jason Williams Jr. 18 for Allen Academy (13-2). Jamerio Jackson scored 14 for Community (10-4).

Detroit Consortium 74, Detroit Country Day 54: Luster Johnson scored 23 and Jalen Sykes 20 for Consortium (9-7). Kolin Denens scored 20 for Country Day (3-10).

Detroit Edison 71, Detroit University Prep 54: Dave Dejulius scored 26, Jamal Keese added 17 and Jaylen Stokes 13 for Edison (12-3). Colyn Waldron scored 15 for University Prep (13-2).

Detroit King 58, Detroit Douglass 44: In the second round of the Big D Tournament, Masceo McCadney scored 21 and Jesse Scarber 14 for King (11-6). James Smith scored 16 for Douglass.

Detroit Loyola 58, Dearborn Divine Child 47: Ernest Adams scored 16, Romari Ennis 15 and P.J. Mitchell had 10 points and eight assists for Loyola (11-3, 7-0 Catholic League AA). Jordan Jones scored 12 and Liam Soraghan 11 for Divine Child (11-3, 6-2).

Detroit Mumford 73, Detroit Old Redford 70: Brandon Green scored 15 and Marcus Currington 14 for Mumford (7-11). Jalen Griter scored 19 for Old Redford.

Detroit Renaissance 57, Detroit CMA 45: In a PSL Big D Tournament quarterfinal, Justin Turner scored 17 and A.J. Jackson 14 for Renaissance (14-2). Domonte Jones scored 18 for CMA (12-5).

Harper Woods 73, Troy Athens 63: Jalen Brown had 34 points and nine assists, A.J. Wilson scored 12 and Dajon Smith 10 for Harper Woods (10-2). John Thompson scored 18 for Athens (1-13).

Macomb Dakota 67, Utica Eisenhower 51: Jermaine Jackson and Tavin Allison each scored 13, Thomas Kithier had 12 points and 15 rebounds, Steven Marshall had 11 points, and Brendan Sackey 10 points and 10 rebounds for Dakota (15-0, 9-0 MAC Red).

Melvindale ABT 54, Ecorse 52: Jaunzel Woods scored 13 for ABT (5-7). Antoine Williams scored 18 for Ecorse (5-8).

New Haven 60, St. Clair Shores Lakeview 27: Eric Williams scored 15 and Alante Stevens 13 for New Haven (15-1, 9-0 MAC Gold). Lakeview is 3-11, 1-7.

Northville 49, South Lyon East 35: Nick Wilds scored 14 and Justin Gibbons 13 for Northville (15-0, 9-0 KLAA Central). Darius Lanier scored 10 for East (0-15, 0-9).

Orchard Lake St. Mary’s 51, Detroit Catholic Central 50: C.J. Wilson scored 22 for St. Mary’s (7-7, 4-4 Catholic League Central). Gio Genrich scored 22 for Catholic Central.

Pontiac 37, Bloomfield Hills 30: Jalen Kelso scored 14 and Israel Williams 10 for Pontiac (12-2, 5-1 OAA White). Jake Hecker scored 10 for Bloomfield Hills (9-5, 5-1).

Redford Thurston 65, Dearborn Heights Crestwood 57: Deauntae Jackson scored 22 for Thurston (8-7). Malik Rogers scored 17 for Crestwood.

Romulus 77, Belleville 34: D’Angelo Hansbro scored 20 and Rahsaan Pope 15 for Romulus (10-5, 9-1 WWAC Blue). Trevor Molenda scored 11 for Belleville (11-4, 8-1).

Roseville 66, Utica Ford 52: Davon Godwin and T.J. Anderson scored 19 each for Roseville (11-3, 6-2 MAC White). Alex Ivanovic scored 25 for Ford (6-8, 3-6).

St. Clair Shores Lake Shore 78, Madison Heights Lamphere 50: Cortez Jackson scored 14, Austin Chambe and Mark Hill 12 each, and Ricky Dixon Jr. 10 for Lake Shore (13-2, 10-0 MAC Silver).

Southfield Christian 56, Ann Arbor Pioneer 49: Trenton Temple had 19 points, Byrce Washington 17 points and 12 rebounds, and Marlo Brown 12 points and 15 rebounds for Southfield Christian (15-1). Chris McCoy scored 11 for Pioneer.

Troy 62, Farmington 45: Jason Dietz scored 22 and Leon Ayers 15 for Troy (8-6). Jay Kirby scored 20 and Alex Manasa 12 for Farmington (2-11).

Utica 53, Mount Clemens 42: Omaure Miller scored 17, Caden Ebeling had 13 points and 13 rebounds and Joe Brown scored 12 for Utica (8-5, 7-2 MAC Blue). Jordan Cotton scored 17 and Delano Williams 12 for Mount Clemens (3-11, 2-5).

Walled Lake Northern 77, Waterford Mott 68: Ethan Ancick had 23 points and 12 rebounds, Troy Lattimore scored 17 and Andy Millikan 15 for Northern (6-9, 4-5 KLAA North). Tariq Hardy scored 15 and Mike McCullom 15 for Mott (2-12, 2-7).

Warren De La Salle 65, Birmingham Brother Rice 41: Kevin McKay scored 22 for De La Salle (11-4, 4-3 Catholic League Central). Varcelus Seaton scored 15 for Brother Rice (3-12, 0-8).

Warren Lincoln 68, Warren Fitzgerald 55: Cory Wilhote had 17 points and Deangelo White 15 points and 13 rebounds for Lincoln (6-9). Shawn Sylvester scored 11 for Fitzgerald.

Waterford Lakes 64, Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook-Kingswood 49: Andrew Kline scored 27 and Jake Bombardo 15 for Lakes (12-2, 6-1 CHSL Intersectional I). Jordan Finney scored 14 for Cranbrook-Kingswood (7-6, 3-4).

Westland John Glenn 72, Plymouth 62: Christian Agnew scored 31 and Zeale McCullough 19 for Glenn (7-8, 5-4 KLAA South). Brent Davis scored 32 for Plymouth (7-8, 5-4).

Woodhaven 56, Allen Park 45: Deandre Walker scored 13 and Roger Scott had 11 points and 11 rebounds for Woodhaven (11-4, 10-1 Downriver). Lorenzo Frazier scored 14 for Allen Park (4-10, 2-9).

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Birmingham Groves 69, Pontiac 29: Sha Carter had 27 points, Erin Effinoff 11 and Morgan Morrison 10 for Groves (11-5, 6-1 OAA Gold). Infinnatie Rowe scored 11 for Pontiac (3-9, 1-6).

Bloomfield Hills 45, North Farmington 44: Victorie Franklin scored 15 and Becca Hancock 10 for Bloomfield Hills (12-3, 5-2 OAA White). Sophie Muller scored 13 and Sam Randel 10 for North Farmington (11-5, 5-2).

Dearborn 66, Dearborn Edsel Ford 50: Linda Kobeissi scored 15 and Isabelle Clark 13 for Dearborn. Allia Hamood scored 15 for Edsel Ford (5-11).

Dearborn Heights Robichaud 53, Dearborn Heights Crestwood 46: Kamaria McDaniel had 22 points and 11 rebounds, Monae Palmer 12 points and 10 rebounds and Kayla Brown scored 15 for Robichaud (10-5, 8-1 WWAC Blue). Hiba Baisi scored 19 and Demi Rodriguez 15 for Crestwood (7-7, 3-6).

Detroit Allen Academy 51, Detroit Community 28: Lataeya Curtaindoll scored 22 and Saniya Davis 14 for Allen Academy (4-7, 4-1 MMAC).

Detroit Country Day 60, Grosse Pointe South 41: Kaela Webbs scored 17, Destiny Pitts 15 and Tylar Bennett 13 for Country Day (14-1).

Detroit Edison 64, Detroit Northwestern 20: Rickea Jackson had 32 points, 11 rebounds and nine blocks, Oretha Humphries had 15 points and 10 assists and Melissa Langford scored 15 for Edison (8-5).

Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett 58, Taylor Baptist Park 38: Kendall McConico had 26 points and eight rebounds and Madison Jerome 18 points for Liggett (12-4, 8-1 MIAC Blue). Kallie McElroy scored 16 for Baptist Park (8-6, 4-5).

Howell 46, Hartland 35: Erin Honkala scored 16 and Leah Weslock 14 for Howell (13-2, 8-1 KLAA West). Lexey Tobel scored 17 for Hartland (12-3, 7-2).

Northville 48, South Lyon East 19: Jessica Moorman scored 14 and Kendall Dillion 11 for Northville (14-1, 8-0 KLAA Central). Peyton Jones scored 14 for East (6-9, 4-5).

Plymouth 44, Westland John Glenn 39: Cassidy Lewis scored 14 and Hannah Badger seven for Plymouth (6-9, 3-7 KLAA South). Nadia Reed scored 10 for John Glenn (6-9, 2-7).

Romulus 54, Garden City 40: Gabrielle Futch scored 14 and Kenedi Hall 12 for Romulus (7-6, 7-2 WWAC Blue). Amber Swisher scored 11 and Lindsey Michalak 10 for Garden City (5-12, 2-7).

Royal Oak 36, Troy 24: Clare Kochanski and Gianna Valente each scored eight for Royal Oak (8-8, 3-4 OAA White). Megan Lenihan scored 13 for Troy (4-11, 1-6).

Utica 47, Sterling Heights 35: Cierra Von Zittwitz and Natalie Suchoski each scored 12 for Utica (11-4, 9-0 MAC White). Mariah Nelson scored nine for Sterling Heights (9-7, 4-4).

White Lake Lakeland 38, Walled Lake Central 30: Molly Stec scored 16 for Lakeland (2-12, 2-7 KLAA North). Nicole Langan scored 11 for Central (0-13, 0-9).

Ypsilanti Arbor Prep 52, Bloomfield Hills Marian 30: Nastassja Chambers scored 15 and Adrieene Anderson 10 for Arbor Prep (15-1). Marian is 9-6.

Al Willman is a freelance writer. Detroit News staff contributed.