Oak Park survived a scare from Detroit Country Day and held on for the win in boys basketball, 59-56, on Wednesday.
Oak Park (6-5, 1-0 OAA White) held on to win by the small margin despite leading by 13 going into the fourth quarter.
“We were celebrating too early,” Oak Park coach Bobby Thompson Sr. said. “Nobody wanted to lose tonight. When we thought we would put them away, they wouldn’t quit.”
Holding off Country Day (4-7) for Oak Park was Robert Zanders. He had 23 points and 12 rebounds, with 14 of his points coming in the crucial fourth quarter, including 9-for-12 from the free throw line.
“He did everything. He went to the basket strong and made free throws. His nice dunk in the fourth gave us the momentum back,” Thompson Sr. said.
Leading the comeback for Country Day was Wendell Green with 11 of his 18 points coming in the fourth quarter.
Bobby Thompson Jr. had 14 points and 10 assists, and Maliq Carr scored 10 for Oak Park.
Cole Bearden scored 11 for Country Day.
Thompson Sr. expressed that he’s still trying to determine his rotation for the rest of the the season.
“We played 13 guys. I’ve got to get my rotation together. We’re trying to find out who can play,” he said.
Bay City All Saints 50, Ecorse 43: Shannon Bates scored 20 for All Saints. Malia Hornick had 16 points and Hope Howard 13 for Ecorse. All Saints moves to 10-2 and 2-0 in the Summit League. Ecorse is 3-5, 3-3 in the Michigan Metro Athletic Conference.
Other basketball scores
Madison Heights Lamphere 45, St. Clair Shores South Lake 18
Royal Oak Shrine Catholic 42, Allen Park Cabrini 36
Warren Fitzgerald 63, New Baltimore Anchor Bay 50
Eric Coughlin is a freelance writer.