Oak Park High downs Southfield High

Knights withstand late comeback

By: Christian Davis | Southfield Sun | Published February 5, 2016


OAK PARK — Oak Park High withstood a late-game charge by Southfield High Feb. 5 at home in an Oakland Activities Association crossover.

The Knights won 68-64.

“We’ve been in a lot of close games this year, and it feels better being on the winning end,” Oak Park coach Jamie Thomas said, as Oak Park was coming off a quadruple-overtime loss to Bloomfield Hills High three days earlier.

The Knights led by as many as 12 points in the contest, and 11 with less than three minutes remaining.

The Blue Jays then went on a 12-3 run in a two-minute span to cut the lead to two points with seven seconds left, capped off by a 3-pointer from Tyler Nelson.

Oak Park’s Trevon Gardner then sunk both of his free-throw attempts to seal the game. He finished with 15 points to lead the Knights.

“They came back at us at the end of the game, but we showed some resolve,” Thomas said. “In a rivalry game like this, you don’t draw up too many plays. You know it’s going to be a battle on the court.”

The Knights led by one point at the half, but outscored Southfield 19-10 in the third quarter to take control.

“We didn’t play well. Give them credit. When it’s next man up, guys have to step up and play. That’s something we didn’t do,” Southfield coach Mike Avery said. “We stuck to shooting jump shots instead of trying to get to the basket.”

Michael Flowers led Southfield with 23 points.

With the loss, the Blue Jays fall to 6-7 overall (2-2 OAA Red). Oak Park goes to 5-6 overall (2-3 OAA White).