BOYS BASKETBALL: Williams breaks Adams’ scoring record, torches Stoney Creek for 46
ROCHESTER – Akhemji Williams is a wonder with the rock in his hands and doesn’t know much about losing.
To the contrary.
During Rochester Adams all-state senior floor general’s four-year varsity career at the helm of the Highlanders’ offense, he’s done quite a bit of winning; league title, district title, "Sweet 16" appearance, undefeated regular-season all dot his squad’s resume.
So on Friday night, when Adams suffered its first regular season loss in almost two years at the hands of Utica Eisenhower, it wasn’t something that Williams was too fond of.
He decided to take matters into his own hands Monday night and push his game into overdrive.
Pouring in 46 points to set a new school record for most points in a single game, Williams led Adams to a 88-68 win over rival Stoney Creek.
Chances are that Williams will continue to rewrite the Adams’ record book as the season progresses.
“Everything just seemed to be clicking today,” Williams said of his sensational effort on Tuesday. “Making layups, finishing after fouls, free throws, I only missed one, and my shot was on today.”
The previous Adams record was 41 points set by Adrian Schaffer, posted in the early 2000s.
Against Auburn Hills Avondale to tip-off the season last week, he scored 25 points, dished 10 assists and swiped eight steals.
In addition to his robust point-total in Tuesday’s crosstown showdown, Williams added seven steals, five assists and five rebounds.
The Highlanders finished the 2013 regular season with an unblemished 20-0 record, but were upset by Romeo in districts.
Back in 2011 when he was a freshman, Williams help spur Adams on to a district crown and an upset of Pontiac in the regionals.
Adams head coach John Hall is sure Tuesday’s record-setting outing is just the tip of the iceberg for his sizzling point guard.
“He’s going to leave here with more than that record,” he said. “He’s probably going to leave here with every meaningful record that we have, he’s on pace to be the best player that the school’s ever had and more importantly, he’s a first class kid. You see a lot of kids who are very talented players that might not represent their school or their team very well, but he has always done that. He’s a first class kid on and off the court and he plays his butt off.”
The school’s single-game scoring mark was always something Williams had eyed.
“As a freshman coming in, I always wanted to be on that board in the gym, I’m already up there twice and I wanted the scoring record, too,” he said. “Everybody wants to beat the scoring record and that was just a goal for me.”
Hall is pleased with the increased vocal leadership role that he’s seen Williams assume this year.
“Ahkemji is learning how to lead and getting better at it every day,” he said. “He’s always been the best player, but now he has to be the best leader and he’s never had to do that up until this point and he’s learning and just raising his game in a lot of different ways.”
At 5-foot-9, Williams has the heart of a lion and plays much bigger than his size.
His college-playing destination is still up in the air.
If he keeps competing at the level he has been lately, it won’t be for long.