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Manny Harris, Kelvin Grady Lead Teams
With their star player not delivering his customary output, Ken Flowers' Huskies showed poise and patience while finding holes that role players stepped up and exploited.
DeLaSalle had built four point lead (17-13) when Harris finally nailed his second bucket at the 3:54 mark in the second quarter to cut the deficit to two. Alex Marcotullio helped keep the Huskies at bay nailing a big three pointer on DeLaSalle's ensuing possession, but Redford was right there again with the response. Harris' right hand man (and Redford's second leading scorer) Jerome Tyson countered with a three-pointer of his own to make the score 22-20 with 2:57 left in the half.
DeLaSalle pushed the lead back to six thanks to a couple of fast break lay-ups, but consecutive jumpers by Redford's Donte'Walker (a three-pointer and Demario Prince helped the Huskies go into the locker room trailing only by three (28-25).
Prince opened the second half like he finished the first, burying a big jumper to score the quarter's first points. Then Tyson took over scoring the Huskies next four points on aggressive moves to the basket. Harris then chipped in by finding Cyrus Walker under the basket for a lay-up that gave the Huskies their first lead (33-32) since early in the first quarter.
The effectiveness of the role players slowed intense defense sent at Harris, and the Mr. Basketball recipient took advantage. He nailed a big three in transition after DeLaSalle had quickly regained the lead on a lay-up. That sparked a 7-2 run that put Redford up 40-34 heading into the final quarter.
Harris really began to assert himself in the final stanza, and it couldn't have come at a better time. After a Dan Fowler lay-up cut the lead to two with 2:49 left in the game, Harris went to work. He looked like his vintage self, attacking the basket and heading to the free throw line after being hacked in the act. He scored seven points in the closing minutes of the game (five from the charity stripe) to help ice the 56-50 victory.
Despite his slow start, Harris led the way for the Huskies, scoring 14 points on 4/16 shooting. DeLaSalle's Dan Fowler led all scorers on the afternoon with 18.
After the game Harris touched on his recruitment, again professing his love for the Maize & Blue. "A couple of coaches have talked to me," he admitted. "I'm not going to say who, but my heart is still with Michigan." Stay tuned to GoBlueWolverine for more of his comments later in the day.
Next up for the Huskies is a rematch with the Saginaw Trojans Saturday at 4PM. In an earlier meeting this season, the Huskies fell to Lou Dawkins' club, 70-54.
In the next game, Kelvin Grady quarterbacked East Grand Rapids to a 62-49 victory over Anthony Crater and Flint Southwestern.
Grady started the game in impressive fashion, burying two early jumpers to help keep his team within one. Southwestern began to pull away in the second quarter thanks in large part to its physical dominance in the paint on the defensive end. The Knights carried that aggression over to the offensive end, outscoring EGR 13 - 7 in the quarter to carry a 30-23 lead into the break.
Southwestern increased its lead to 12 points (35-23) when Crater nailed a triple early in the third, but EGR refused to fold thanks to inspired play from its big men. Justin Anyijong scored six points in the paint and his cohort Preston Burrell began matching Southwestern's physicality inside. That opened things up on the perimeter for sharpshooters Mitch Kimball (a three-pointer) and DeMarcus Grady (eight points in the quarter including a three). By the end of the quarter EGR had cut the deficit to three points (43-40).
The fourth quarter was winning time for the team from west-Michigan, and the Grady's led the way. EGR turned up the pressure defensively, holding Southwestern to six points for the entire quarter. Meanwhile, Kelvin Grady was jetting through the defense on the other end to force tempo and create easy opportunities for his club. Demarcus Grady was the first to benefit, hitting an open three from the corner to tie the score. Burrell was next, receiving a pass in close for a lay-up. Southwestern's only answer for slowing down the onslaught was to foul, which helped EGR score 12 of its final 16 points from the charity stripe to seal the victory.
Demarcus Grady led the way for East Grand Rapids with 23 points, while Justin Anyijong chipped in with 19. Kelvin Grady finished the contest with 12 points, six assists, and zero turnovers. Tyrrone Ward paced Southwestern with 16 points and 10 rebounds.
East Grand Rapids will take on Deshonte? Riley and Detroit Country Day in the Class B State Final tonight at 8PM.
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