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Posted: 01/16/13

Forward Adam Davis leaping around his L'Anse Creuse opponent to scoop the ball for two points Jan. 9.

(Observer photo by Mike Nicley)

80 points not enough
as LC upends Romeo

Observer Sports Writer
      Usually when you score 80 points in a high school basketball game it's a blowout win; not this time.
       The Romeo High School varsity basketball team got 22 points from Drew Cushingberry, 13 from Antonio Compo and 12 from Adam Davis, but it was not enough as the Bulldogs fell 86-80 in overtime to host Dakota last Friday night.
       The Cougars led 24-21 after one quarter of play, but it was Romeo who led at the half (42-37) and by nine, 61-52, heading into the fourth but were outscored 20-11 in the frame to send it into overtime.
       Riding the momentum of the fourth, Dakota outscored Romeo 14-8 in the extra period to notch the win.
       "We scored 74 points in 32 minutes and that should be enough to win,'' said Romeo Coach Dale Teller. "We felt our matchups were good going in so we weren't surprised to be in that position. We just lost our composure and didn't execute down the stretch. We did a poor job of rebounding. We gave Dakota way too many chances on missed shots and it really put stress on our defense."
       D.J. Lazarus led Dakota (3-3, 1-1 MAC Red) with a game-high 27 points followed by Andrew Burmeister with 18; Brian Orr, 14, and Wonsowicz, 12.
       Also scoring for Romeo (4-3, 0-1) was Jon Towne with nine points, George Wilson and Dwight Towne had eight each, Paul LaBagne was next with five and Blake Williams chipped in with three.
       Romeo 64, L'Anse Creuse 59:
       On Wednesday, Jan. 9, at Romeo, Compo finished with a team-high 18 points, and Cushingberry (six rebounds and five assists) and Davis (seven rebounds) each added 16 for the Bulldogs who led 16-5 after one quarter.
       "It's a familiar story so far this year,'' said Teller of his teams inconsistency. "We play very well and then seem to lose that edge and become complacent. L'Anse Creuse hit three straight long 3- pointers to take the lead late in the fourth. However, to our credit we hung tough and stepped up our play at crunch time. Cushingberry hit a big 3-pointer late in the fourth as did Antonio Compo."
       Ryan Romer had five points, Wilson four, Towne three and Zach Rizo two for Romeo which plays host Chippewa Valley and then travels to East Detroit on Thursday.

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