Thursday's prep roundup: Farmington boys top Pontiac
Farmington boys basketball coach Terrance Porter will be the first to admit that his team “gave away” its first two league games.
But Porter’s backcourt was getting to the rim from start-to-finish Thursday, as senior Ray Bryant and freshman Jaden Akins each dropped in 28 points to close out a 65-56 win over Pontiac.
“With our offense, the way we move the ball, and the way our players move, it opened up lanes for them,” Porter said. “They did a really good job of attacking the basket tonight.”
The senior-freshman combo has done wonders for Farmington’s (2-4, 1-2 OAA Blue) offensive prowess all season.
“Jaden is a sponge, always looking to work on his game. He’s got a chance to be pretty special,” Porter said. “And, Ray, he’s had some big games in the past, he just has to maintain that level of consistency.”
Farmington took a 31-29 lead over Pontiac (1-7, 0-3) into the half, and pulled away in the fourth quarter behind six consecutive stops at the defensive end.
Porter said a mix of zone- and man-defense knocked Pontiac off-balance, which allowed Farmington to “get out in transition.”
“They do a good job of shooting the three, so we had to make sure we were closing out long,” Porter said. “Make them put it on the floor and take contested shots.”
Daveaun Cole had the most success in doing so, putting up 20 points for Pontiac.
“He was doing a good job of posting and driving,” Porter said. “He did a really good job of taking advantage of his size on our smaller guards, getting to the paint, and attacking.”
It was Farmington’s first league win this season.
“Our goal every year is to come out and win our division,” Porter said. “We knew we had to take care of business on our home court.”
More boys basketball
Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett 53, Waterford Lakes 46: Anthony George scored 24 and Casey Scoggin added 13 for Liggett (2-6). Grant Ross scored 13 for Lakes (2-5).
Hazel Park 67, North Farmington 34: Devin Pettes scored 19, Carl Bow had 17, and David Hearns added 13 for Hazel Park (8-0). North Farmington is 4-3.
Marine City Cardinal Mooney 60, West Bloomfield Frankel Jewish Academy 43: Bryant Williams had 14 points and six rebounds for Mooney (6-1). Noah Schulssel scored 11 for Frankel (4-2).
New Haven 75, Warren Cousino 48: Romeo Weems had 24 points and 14 rebounds, Ashton Sherrell had 23 points, 13 rebounds, and five steals, and Tavares Oliver Jr. scored 20 for New Haven (9-0, 3-0 MAC Blue). Tyler Mack led Cousino (4-3, 2-1 MAC Blue) with 20 points.
Oak Park 46, Avondale 45: Isaiah Hollins-Moten scored 17, Keyshawn Kyle had 14, and Devonte Edwar 10 for Oak Park (4-2, 2-1 OAA White). Cole Marton scored 19 for Avondale (5-4, 1-2 OAA White).
Rochester Adams 56, Troy Athens 52: Ethan Emerzian scored 14, Austin Ursuy had 13, and Jack Jenkins 10 for Adams (6-2, 1-0 OAA White). Jacob Brantley had 17 points and Kyle Sweeney finished with 12 points and 10 rebounds for Athens (7-2, 2-1 OAA White).
Sterling Heights 56, Marysville 51: Trenell Payne had 17 points, Malot Dusaj had 11 points and 11 rebounds, and Ben Jarnot added 11 for Sterling Heights (3-4, 2-1 MAC Silver). Ryan Basey scored 12 for Marysville (0-7, 0-3 MAC Silver).
Taylor Kennedy 60, Taylor Truman 45: Savion Gray had 12 points and Didier Ngambo had 11 for Kennedy (3-3, 3-1 Downriver). Brendan Bartos led Truman (0-6, 0-4 Downriver) with nine points.
Warren Fitzgerald 67, East Detroit 57: Carl Pettway scored 18 and Haneef Minuf added 16 for Fitzgerald (4-2, 1-2 MAC Blue). Jesse Jenkins had 20 points for East Detroit.
Waterford Mott 64, Utica 62: Nick McClellan picked up his second straight double-double with 15 points and 12 rebounds and Darius Willis added 15 points for Mott (5-2, 3-0 MAC White). Gjon Gjonaj scored 19 for Utica (2-5, 1-2 MAC White).
West Bloomfield 69, Bloomfield Hills 44: Tre Harvey had 15 points and four assists, Jalen Kelso had 13 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists, and TreBron Mosley had 14 points as West Bloomfield (3-3, 2-0 OAA Red) finished with five scorers in double figures. Tyler Canfield scored 14 for Bloomfield Hills (3-7, 0-3 OAA Red).
Boys basketball scores
Canton Preparatory 64, Michigan Math & Science 53
Madison Heights Madison 75, Clawson 46
Oxford 56, Rochester Hills Stoney Creek 42
Rochester 60, Lake Orion 50
Warren Woods Tower 52, Fraser 49 (OT)
Detroit Collegiate Prep at Northwestern 52, Detroit Western International 63: Sapphire Dawson had 10 points and 14 rebounds, Ajance Horton had 19 points, and Nikiya Cordell added 17 for Collegiate Prep (6-1, 2-0 DPSL West). Cameron Taylor led Western International with 14 points.
Detroit Country Day 77, Romulus 32: Kaela Webb scored 18, Adrian Folks added 16 and Jasmine Powell 13 for Country Day (8-1). Gabrielle Futch had 21 points for Romulus.
Detroit King 57, Detroit Osborn 15: Deljanae Williams had 18 points and six steals, Jordan Lewis had 12 points, seven rebounds and six assists, and Diamond Cannon had 10 points for King (7-2). Osborn is 4-5.
Detroit Mumford 53, Detroit Cody 38: Zamaria Polk had 18 points and 20 rebounds, Shaina Dinwiddie added 10 and 10, Tierra Earnest scored 12, and Brooklyn Taylor had 10 points for Mumford (6-3, 1-0 DPSL West). Cody is 7-2, 2-2 DPSL West.
Detroit Renaissance 54, Cass Tech 47: Kailee Davis had 17 points and Dalyn Henderson added 14 for Renaissance (6-4, 1-0 DPSL West). Kennedy Kearner scored 13 and Shynell Ponder added 11 for Cass Tech (4-3, 0-1 DPSL West).
Detroit Southeastern 44, Detroit Leadership Academy 40: Keyana McCraney had 12 points and Kyla Murphy had 11 for Southeastern (2-7). Rachel Robinson led Leadership Academy with 29 points.
Hartland 59, Livonia Stevenson 15: Whitney Sollom scored 17 and Graysen Cockerham added 13 for Hartland (6-3, 2-2 KLAA Gold). Stevenson is 2-7, 0-4 KLAA Gold.
Girls basketball scores
Canton Preparatory 40, Michigan Math & Science 28
Detroit Mumford 63, Detroit Cody 38
Fraser 39, Clinton Township Chippewa Valley 23
Monroe St. Mary Catholic Central 50, Grosse Ile 47
Nolan Bianchi is a freelance writer