Thursday’s prep roundup: Woodhaven steals comeback win

Nolan Bianchi
Special to The Detroit News

Does anybody have an answer for Josh Warren?

As of Thursday night, the answer to that question still seems to be “no,” as the Woodhaven guard put up 30 points, six assists, and seven rebounds en route to a comeback win from 12 points down over Wyandotte Roosevelt, 60-55.

“It was overall a team effort. Josh does what Josh has to do, but the team did a great job of making sure he got the ball and the picks were tight” Woodhaven assistant Wes Warren said. “Offensively, he was creating shots for himself and his teammates, but toward the fourth quarter, he pretty much took over the game.”

The largest deficit for Woodhaven (13-4, 9-2 Downriver) was midway through the third quarter, when Josh Warren nabbed three steals and scored nine to bring his team within two to start the fourth.

The junior scored 11 in the final quarter, but it was Brian Wilkinson, who scored nine, who got the party started for Woodhaven.

“(Wilkinson) hit a few 3s and some free throws,” Wes Warren said. “His 3 was what started that momentum in the fourth.”

Multiple lead changes put Wyandotte (7-8, 6-5 Downriver) on top by two with a minute left. Josh Warren tied the score seconds before Wyandotte came back the other way to take its lead right back.

After two trips to the line in as many possessions, Woodhaven claimed a 3-point lead with the clock winding down. Bryce Armstrong missed a 3-pointer with 13 seconds left on the other end, and Josh Warren was sent to the line again, where he sealed the 5-point win.

Wyandotte jumped out to its lead with a shooting performance that Woodhaven simply couldn’t replicate until Josh Warren found his groove.

Keyshawn Devlin scored 15 and Armstrong added 13 for Wyandotte.

“We really missed a lot of makeable shots,” Wes Warren said. “We felt like we were getting some contact, but we just missed shots.”

No matter — Woodhaven was able to turn the game around on the defensive end.

“We turned up the pressure, and became more effective in our trapping and anticipating,” Wes Warren said. “They rushed some shots, and we were able to grab some rebounds.”

The comeback win was an example of how dangerous Woodhaven can be when playing as a team, something the coaching staff has stressed in practice over recent weeks.

“We really are focusing on our attitude and team chemistry,” he said. “It takes a team to win the game, and the guys are doing a really good of embracing their role.”

More boys basketball

Cardinal Mooney 66, Clarkston Everest Collegiate 44: David Everheart had 17 points and seven assists and David Trombley had 15 points and five rebounds for Mooney (12-2, 10-0 Catholic Intersectional No. 2). Grant Burgess scored 13 for Everest (8-5, 5-4 Catholic Intersectional No. 2).

Clinton Township Clintondale 66, Center Line 61: Richard Washington had 26 points and seven steals for Clintondale (9-6). Jashun Houston scored 21 for Center Line (4-11).

Detroit Cristo Rey 70, West Bloomfield Frankel Jewish Academy 65 (3OT): Sam Stewart scored 24 and Jalan Woodley 19 for Cristo Rey (11-4, 9-3 Catholic Intersectional No. 2). Ryan Otis scored 32 for Frankel (4-6).

Harper Woods Chandler Park Academy 62, Detroit Public Safety Academy 43: Marlon Crawford scored 17 and Anthony Perry 10 for Chandler Park (11-3). James Knight scored 13 for PSA (5-7).

Macomb Dakota 76, Utica Eisenhower 71: Ryan Rollins scored 19, Mark Tocco 17, Joshua Hines 12 and L.J. Hassell 10 for Dakota (10-3, 8-1) to capture the MAC Red championship. Billy Krempa scored 26 for Ike (2-13, 1-9 MAC Red).

Oak Park 76, Troy Athens 51: Malaq Carr had 13 points and 15 rebounds, Jeremiah Pettiway scored 20, Isaiah Hollis-Maton 15, and Sanna Sisawo added 14 for Oak Park (12-2, 8-1 OAA White). Jacob Brantley had 26 points and seven rebounds and Taylor McCaskill scored 17 for Athens (11-3, 6-2 OAA White).

Riverview Gabriel Richard 59, Allen Park Cabrini 43: Garrett Balazsi had 20 points for Gabriel Richard (10-4, 7-3 Catholic Intersectional II). Matthew Bzura scored 20 for Cabrini (2-10, 2-8). 

St. Clair Shores South Lake 66, Warren Woods Tower 64: Amir Gilmore had 21 points, 14 rebounds and five steals and Tyree Moore scored 15 for South Lake (14-2, 10-0 MAC Silver).

Troy 68, Bloomfield Hills 40: Jason Dietz scored 22 and Danny Sully 11 for Troy (11-3). Tyler Canfield had 11 points and eight rebounds and Grant Ellis scored eight for Bloomfield Hills (4-12).

Warren Fitzgerald 76, Mount Clemens 56: Carl Pettway scored 25 and Elijah Kaigler 17 for Fitzgerald (9-5).

More boys basketball scores

Dearborn Advanced Tech 52, Michigan Math & Science 46

Girls basketball

Farmington Hills Mercy 35, Canton 29: Jenna Schlater scored seven for Mercy (14-2). Abby Sokol scored 10 for Canton (9-7).

Grosse Ile 50, Monroe Jefferson 27: Madison Swick scored 15 and Marisa Swick added 10 for Grosse Ile (10-6, 6-5 Huron). Sarah Bamisacker scored 15 for Jefferson (3-12, 2-9 Huron).

Grosse Pointe South 46, Utica Ford 26: Lily Adams had nine points and five steals, Maria Hessburg had eight points and eight rebounds, and Sydni Hall scored nine for South (6-11).

Hartland 39, Brighton 37: Whitney Sollom scored 11 and Emily Messner 10 for Hartland (12-4, 8-3 KLAA Gold). Sophie Dziekan scored 17 for Brighton.

More girls basketball scores

Detroit Cesar Chavez Academy 32, Dearborn Riverside Academy-West 6

Madison Heights Bishop Foley 41, Plymouth Christian 25

Royal Oak Shrine 47, Macomb Lutheran North 45

Nolan Bianchi is a freelance writer.