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Roseville — Martell Turner wanted to make sure Roseville put a damper in Macomb Dakota’s plans to repeat as MAC Red champions Tuesday night by making multiple big plays during the fourth quarter.

Turner, a junior guard, scored 15, including nine during the final quarter, to lead Roseville (10-1, 5-1) — ranked No. 8 in The News' Super 20 poll — to a 63-56 win over No. 18 Dakota (8-2, 5-1) to avenge its lone loss.

“Martell Turner is probably the most underrated guard in Macomb County hands down,” Roseville coach Hassan Nizam said. “We put the ball in his hands, found the matchup and we just let him go. He made play after play after play and it was unbelievable to watch.”

No doubt, Roseville and Dakota have built a strong rivalry with Roseville defeating Dakota by a point in last year’s regular-season finale, then going on to win the MAC Red/White tournament before a loss to Dakota in the Class A regional semifinals.

“We came out in the second half ready to win,” Turner said. “We lost our last two games to them and knew we had to come out strong. We preach defense.”

Roseville led 14-11 after one and used a 10-0 run in the second quarter to open up a 22-15 lead thanks to outstanding defense, including a block by John Ukomadu (six points, 10 rebounds) and a steal by senior guard Darien Banks (16 points, three 3-pointers).

Roseville led 29-23 at halftime and carried a 40-38 cushion into the fourth quarter.

Then, Turner took over, taking the ball hard to the hole for a pair of baskets for a 46-42 lead, then finding De’Shaun Wright for a layup and Ukomadu for an alley-oop dunk and a 50-44 lead.

Still, Dakota wouldn’t go away. Trailing 57-51, Dakota standout guard Ryan Rollins took the ball to the basket and was fouled with 44 seconds left. Instead of going to the line, Rollins was carried off the court due to a leg injury.

Dakota cut the gap to 57-54 with a free throw and layup off a steal, but could get no closer.

“Last year we came out and made a bunch of 3s and won a lot of games and people thought we were a good offensive team,” Nizam said. “This year we took it personal. We simply told ourselves this, a simple philosophy, you need eight straight wins to win a state championship. The law of averages say you’re not going to shoot well eight straight times. You have to be able to defend if you’re going to compete at a high level in the state. The kids are really buying into it.

“As far as Ryan (Rollins) goes, he’s probably the most talented guard we’ve played all year. I hope he’s OK. He had that scary injury at the end. Every time he has the ball we have 10 eyes on him.”

Rollins finished with 18 points, but made just 3-of-11 shots from the field. He scored eight fourth-quarter points and made 11-of-14 free throws for the game as Dakota outscored Roseville 18-8 at the line, taking 16 more free throws.

Senior guard Mark Tocco had 14 points and six steals for Dakota and Josh Hines, 13 points.

Wright had eight points and eight rebounds for Roseville.

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dgoricki@detroitnews.com; Detroit News staff contributed

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