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Southfield A&T boys basketball gets offense going in 79-66 victory against Oak Park

By: Mike Moore | Southfield Sun | Published January 12, 2017

 Michael Flowers hangs in the air for a shot against Oak Park. Flowers, who is still recovering from knee surgery, poured in 17 points in the Thursday night win.

Michael Flowers hangs in the air for a shot against Oak Park. Flowers, who is still recovering from knee surgery, poured in 17 points in the Thursday night win.

Photo by Patricia O’Blenes

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SOUTHFIELD — This was a game that had an eerie reminiscence of how the season may go for the Southfield A&T boys basketball team.

At least that’s the hope for coach Mike Avery and his guys.

After a slow start and a first-quarter deficit, the Warriors came roaring back Thursday night, picking up a 79-66 victory against Oak Park High at home.

“This is what this group is capable of,” Avery said of the win. Southfield A&T was just 1-5 entering the game, but shortly before tip off, Avery stressed how much better his guys could be. “And to be honest, I still think we can be better. There’s more to this group still.”

On Thursday there was enough to earn that second win of the season, even after Oak Park led 20-14 after the first quarter and was controlling much of the pace and play.

The quarter break was just what the Warriors needed, though, and by the end of the first half Southfield A&T had established a 33-31 lead.

That swelled to 57-48 by the end of the third, and really, the game was never in doubt down the stretch.

“We changed our defense in the second half, and I think that confused them a bit,” Avery said. “It also kept my guys fresh. We didn't want to play the same defense all night.”

The game was back and forth all night, even giving way to a little skirmish in the third quarter when players came together for a loose ball.

But the Warriors maintained their composure, and got some key makes down the stretch to keep Oak Park at bay.

Reme Tolbert scored 12 points in the first half and finished with a game-high 18.

Michael Flowers, still recovering from knee surgery and playing full time for the first time all season, added 17 points in the win.

Cameron McEvans scored 14 of his 16 points in the second half.

Robert Zanders led Oak Park (3-4), scoring 15 in the loss.

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