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BASKETBALL: Romulus Earns Huge Road Win over Consortium 66-59

By: Branden Hunter, February 6, 2013, 12:03 am

DETROIT – The saying goes "To be the best you have to beat the best" and that is what the Romulus Boys Basketball team continues to do. With impressive road wins over Lansing Sexton, Detroit Community, Detroit Frederick Douglass and Country Day, the Eagles added another notch to their resume with a 66-59 victory over Detroit Consortium last night.

Rhode Island commit E.C. Matthews led all scorers with 26 points, including two free throws with :08 seconds remaining to put the game away. Romulus opened the game on a 7-0 run, including two straight baskets by Leo Edwards who finished with 21 points and 11 rebounds. A buzzer beating 3-pointer by Matthews gave Romulus the 14-8 lead after eight minutes of play. Matthews was on fire outside the line, hitting five 3-pointers on the night.

Consortium moved within three of Romulus at 25-22, but another huge three by E.C. Matthews gave Romulus the 28-22 lead at halftime. The Eagles came out the locker room on fire again from downtown, hitting an array of three 3-pointers (Wes Clark, Jalon Plummer, Matthews) to push the lead to 41-28 with 3:17 left in the 3rd. But Consortium still refused to bow down, responding with a run of their own. A lay-up by Ifeanyi Ezeani of Consortium with 1:27 left in the 3rd cut the lead to 41-37. Freshman sensation Josh Jackson shook a defender and hit a huge 3-pointer from the top of the key to pull his team within two, 42-40.

The closest the game would be after that Consortium run was 53-50 on a Ronald Booth floater with 4:10 remaining. Romulus took over from there – holding Consortium to below 60 points with strong defense and an attacking offense, only the second team to hold Consortium below 60 points this season. Romulus’s attacking offfense led to free throws down the stretch, with seven points coming from the line in the final minute for the 66-59 win. Ironically Consortium missed double-digit free throws of their own, including nine by Vincent Hunter who finished with 15 points and 13 rebounds. Josh Jackson led Consortium with 23 points and 5 blocks. Missouri commit Wes Clark had 12 points and 7 assists for Romulus.