Romulus Summit Academy North freshman guard Orlando Lovejoy was the best player in the gym Friday night.
But Redford Union was the better team, as it pulled out a 59-50 victory despite Lovejoy’s 36 points and 11 rebounds.
Union (1-1) dominated Summit (1-1) in the third quarter with air-tight defense, kick-starting a 9-0 run that gave Union a sizable lead, and ultimately, a win.
“They were doing a really good job trapping, forcing turnovers in the open floor, and getting fast break points in transition,” Summit assistant Jeffrey McKinney said.
Nahseer Cossom led Union with 13 points. Malik O’Neal and Reivan Holt added nine points each. Nate Brown led Union at the half with seven, including a basket that tied the game after a 6-0 run by Union in the second quarter.
Lovejoy’s high-scoring performance was an encore to his 30-point varsity debut in Summit’s win over Monroe Jefferson on Tuesday.
McKinney called his freshman guard a “jack of all trades,” who is “one of the highly regarded freshman in the state.”
What really impresses McKinney, though, is how Lovejoy has taken on a leadership role on a team that has just one other player with varsity experience.
“He’s a really patient scorer, he doesn’t let people rattle him. He has the game of a senior as a freshman.”
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Nolan Bianchi is a freelance writer. Detroit News staff contributed.