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By Paula Pasche
ROCHESTER HILLS >> Rochester Adams was able to survive a slow start and take control in the final three quarters in their first OAA White game this season.
Adams defeated Farmington, 58-38, in boys basketball on Tuesday night at Rochester Adams.The Highlanders are now 3-2 and 1-0 in the conference, while the Falcons lost their first game dropping to 2-1 and 0-1.
Farmington jumped out to a 7-0 start and seemed to have control, but it was early.“When you’re in that spot you just have to get a bucket and get rid of that 0 and we did, we got an easy look underneath. That kind of relaxed them after we scored that, then I think we came down and hit a 3 and we got it going,’’ Adams coach Brad Crighton said.
Jake Schuler scored first for Adams then Ethan Emerzian hit a 2 and back-to-back 3s.“We started out strong but it’s a long game, once the game settled in, we didn’t do what we needed to do to keep pressure on them on both ends of the floor,’’ Farmington coach Terrance Porter said.
The Highlanders stayed with their gameplan and Solomon Shaw-Nichols sank a buzzer-beater to tie the game, 12-12, at the end of the first quarter. “I think they were just feeling it out a little bit, we kind of changed up defenses a little bit tonight we were kind of getting used to it, feelling everything out, but they came back and started to work hard,’’ Crighton said. “We started to move the ball, once we started to take care of the ball the pressure didn’t get to us once we made that next pass and we were getting some easy shots.’’
Then Adams outscored Farmington, 18-4, in the second quarter to take a 30-16 lead at the half. The Falcons never came close in the final three quarters.
“We were loose with the ball really early, I think they were a little nervous —- a freshman point guard No. 3 (Gunner Walters), he’d never been there before. He really stepped up and played great,’’ Crighton said. “Ethan Emerzian had a great game. Peyton Prieskorn really facilitated very well for us, handled the ball, made some great passes. He was our release guy off their press and he made the right decisions.’’
Next up for Adams is a road game at Rochester on Thursday night. “We’ve battled some injuries, we’re getting healthy now, our last few games. I think we have a ways to go but I like what I see,’’ Crighton said.