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Posted: 01/09/13

Above, junior Drew Cushingberry shoulder-to-shoulder in midair with his Stevenson defender getting ready to shoot the ball. Below, junior center Blake Williams powering up in the lane for two points against Stevenson.

(Observer photos by Mike Nicley)

Bulldogs beat Sterling Heights,
61-45, now 3-2 overall

Observer Sports Writer
      Junior point guard Drew Cushingberry led a balanced Romeo High attack, finishing with 18 points, six rebounds and seven assists, to lead the Bulldogs to an impressive 61-45 MAC crossover win over visiting Sterling Heights Stevenson Friday night at Romeo.
       The Bulldogs (3-2 overall) also got 15 points and six rebounds from center Adam Davis, 13 points from guard Antonio Compo and nine points, including seven in the final quarter, from reserve Ryan Romer.
       Stevenson, which fell to 4-2 overall, started well leading 19-16 after one quarter of play. In fact, if it hadn't been for a conventional 3-point play by Cushingberry as time expired in the first, the Titans would have led by six instead of three heading into the second.
       Tyler Sykes, who led Stevenson with 15 points on the night, had 10 points in the opening quarter.
       Cushingberry started the second quarter with a long jumper to cut the lead to 19-18 before Deonte' Calloway put Stevenson back up by three, 21-18, with a layup with 6:38 left in the second quarter, forcing Romeo Coach Dale Teller to call a timeout.
       Teller made a defensive change from a man-to-man to a box-and-one, and it did the trick as Calloway's basket proved to be the last score from the floor Stevenson would have the rest of the half.
       Meanwhile, Romeo was starting to heat up at the other end with a short jumper by Davis and a steal and dunk by Cushingberry that put the Bulldogs in front 22-21 with 5:11 remaining in the second quarter.
       The Titans' Darrin Futch (eight points) tied the game at 22-22 with a free throw a minute later, but from there it was all Romeo the rest of the quarter as Compo hit three, 3-pointers to go along with a Cushingberry layup to put Romeo up 33-22 at the half. The Bulldogs had been 0-6 from beyond the three-point arc prior to Compo getting hot in the second.
       Stevenson tried to make a game of it early in the second half when Kyle Maxson (eight points) hit a 3-pointer to cut the Bulldog lead to 33-25, to start the third quarter. However, Romeo answered with a bucket by Compo in transition followed by a put-back by Davis and another basket from Cushingberry to make things a little more comfortable at 39-26.
       With Romeo on top 46-32, Romer opened the fourth quarter with five straight points to go along with a basket by Davis to put the Bulldogs up by 20, 53-33.
       George Wilson had four points and Blake Williams finished with two for Romeo, which hosts L'Anse Creuse tonight and travels to Dakota to play the Cougars Friday night.

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