Brandon Marshall's 20 points leads Thurston past Crestwood, 69-57Basketball  |
Dearborn Heights – With first place in the Western Wayne Athletic Conference’s Red Division at stake on Friday, it was the unselfish effort from the Redford Thurston boys basketball team that proved to be the difference.
Thurston (10-1, 5-0) had four players score in double figures and pulled away late from host Dearborn Heights Crestwood for a 69-57 win.
“This group of young men is not cocky, but they believe in themselves,” Thurston coach Brian Bates said. “Our guys give it everything they’ve got in order to win games…I think the key for us tonight was in the second quarter when some of our subs went in. We were settling for threes early on, so our subs began attacking the basket and gave us a little bit of a lead which carried over to the second half, because I thought we attacked the basket a lot better in the second half.”
With Thurston clinging to a 51-48 lead with under five minutes remaining in the fourth, Thurston’s D’eauntae Jackson delivered five of his 15 points over a span of 2:30 to give the Eagles their first double-digit lead, 58-48, with 3:15 to play. Jackson, who finished seven-of-14 from the field, scored all of his points in the second half, including eight in the third quarter.
“D’eauntae knocked down some big shots and was able to get it going a little bit,” Bates said. “Within about 15 feet, D’eauntae’s pretty good.”
Thurston junior point guard Brandon Marshall had the hot hand early, scoring nine points on a trio of 3-pointers in the first quarter as the Eagles led, 11-10, after the first quarter. Marshall, who scored 20 to lead Thurston, made half of his eight attempts from the 3-point range.
“Brandon is a good shooter and he’s our point guard for a reason,” Bates said. “A point guard is like a quarterback on the floor, so he’s able to set up a play and knock down a few threes. Brandon just has great vision out on the court. He’s able to break down the defense and then find the open guy.”
The Eagles trailed late in the second quarter but were given new life offensively from their benc