Both teams played strong, but one team played a bit better.
Southgate Anderson at Edsel Ford Boys Basketball Photo Gallery
Edsel Ford switched gears in the second quarter and played a strong second half to claim a 62-53 Downriver League win on Friday night over Southgate Anderson.
For Edsel (4-4, 3-1 DRL), Jacob Dover scored nine of his 14 points in the first half and teammate Caleb Smith scored nine of his 11 points in the first half. Ahmed Algabri scored 12 points and Martell Travis scored all eight points in the second half for the Thunderbirds.
Giovanni Hugan led Anderson (1-6, 0-4 DRL) with 11 points and teammate Anthony Gutierrez with 10 points.
The first quarter was a back-and-forth affair with both teams playing hard at opposite ends of the court, but with several roaming calls from both teams.
A hat-trick for the Titans by Hugan tied the game at 11-11 late in the first quarter.
With 55 seconds left in the first quarter, Edsel’s Ahmad Said made a layup to give his team a 15-13 lead. A Hugan layup gave Anderson a 16-15 lead. But two free throws from Smith gave the T-Birds a 17-16 lead after one quarter.
The game turned in the second quarter when Edsel started to fly away from Anderson.
A layup from Ahmed Algabri gave Edsel a 22-16 lead, then a basket on a Dover rebound pushed the lead to 26-16 with 5:30 left in the half.
With 3:20 to go in the quarter, Algabri had a nice reverse layup to make it 28-18 before a Dover layup made it 30-20.
The highlight of the half came in the dying seconds of the second quarter when Dover hit a running 3-pointer just before the buzzer to give the hosts a 33-22 halftime lead.
Anderson continued to play strong in the second half.
A triple from the corner by Dover gave the home side a 42-26 with 3:25 left in the third quarter. A Gutierrez layup cut the lead to 42-32 but Travis responded with a layup at the other end. The quarter ended with a layup from Travis to give Edsel Ford a 46-35 lead after three.
Travis opened the fourth quarter with a triple from the corner to push the T-Birds to a 49-35 lead. A basket inside Algabri made it 53-35 and a bucket inside Abdullah Musa pushed the lead to 20 points at 60-40.
But give the Titans credit – they weren’t just going to turn around. The Southgate group used an all-court press to create turnovers, hit a few shots and made a 10-0 run to cut the deficit to 60-50 with 1:30 left in the game.
A rebound and a field goal from Algabri sealed the game for Edsel with 40 seconds left.
Next up for the T-Birds is a Tuesday game at Woodhaven while Anderson travels to Allen Park the same night.