Rochester Adams sweeps Crosstown Showdown

Boys and girls squads down Rochester High

By: Christian Davis | Rochester Post | Published January 15, 2016

 Rochester Adams' Joey Ziniti takes a shot Jan. 15 against Rochester High. The Highlanders won the Crosstown Showdown 57-45.

Rochester Adams' Joey Ziniti takes a shot Jan. 15 against Rochester High. The Highlanders won the Crosstown Showdown 57-45.

Photo by Erin Sanchez

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ROCHESTER HILLS — What started out literally going the wrong way, ended in a victory for Rochester Adams boys basketball.

The Highlanders took on Rochester High in the 10th annual Crosstown Showdown and earned the 57-45 victory Jan. 15 at Oakland University.

To start the game, the referees pointed each team off in the wrong direction and when Adams scored off the tip, the two points went to Rochester, starting an 11-1 run for the Falcons.

“In this environment, before we knew it, it was 11-1,” Adams coach John Hall said. “I was really proud of the kids. With this many people and the build up to this game, they could have caved, but they slowly and methodically worked themselves back into the game.”

By the end of the first quarter, Adams trailed 13-11.

The Highlanders took over in the second, outscoring Rochester 14-7 and taking the lead for good.

Adams senior Spencer Littleson had nine points in the frame, part of his game-high 25 points.

“The game started off with that four point swing, and that kind of got us off track, but we’ve been playing together so much, we looked at each other and said, ‘Alright batten down the hatches, lets go,’” Littleson said. “We’re a good enough team that we can comeback from any early deficit.”

Sophomore Hunter Schattler led the Falcons with 19.

Adams moves to 8-0 overall and has won the last four Crosstown Showdowns and eight of 10.

Rochester moves to 4-4 overall.

Prior to the boys game, the Adams and Rochester girls squads met.

Adams scored the first 15 points of the game and never looked back, eventually earning the 58-27 victory.

Adams coach Shay Lewis said she started all five of her seniors.

“I knew this was their last time on this court and in this game,” she said. “This is so exciting. For one, they get to play on a college court. For two, the crowd is so engaged.”

Adams senior Taylor Smith led all scorers with 13 points and senior teammate Maggie Rogers chipped in eight points, all in the first quarter.

Rochester was led by Angie Lekosiotis and Nicole Cubba, with seven points each.

The win was Adams’ sixth straight in the event and puts the Highlanders at 2-6 overall.

Rochester falls to 1-8.

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