One of the biggest games of the day was the contest between Pontiac Northern and Lansing Everett. The only game that had more heralded players was the nightcap between Wyoming Park and Detroit Renaissance. For Everett, there was future Michigan State Center Goran Suton and his underrated sidekick Derick Nelson, while for Pontiac Northern there was Lester Abram's younger brother Dameon.
Abram paced Northern early with 9 first half points on an array of offensive moves. However, he was countered by the inside duo of Nelson and Sutton. The two combined for 22 points before the half on 12 and 10 respectively. The game was tight all the way up to the intermission, as it was knotted up at 14 after one and 28 after two. However, in quarter three Everett would start to pull away. Thanks in large part to 10 points off of Northern turnovers and a huge quarter from Nelson who followed up his first half with 10 points in the stanza, Everett almost blew the doors off the game. They outscored Northern 21-6 in the period to make the score 49-34 going into the game's final session.
Northern turn the tide in the fourth by playing better both defensively and offensively, but it just wasn't enough. Even though they outscored Everett 30-20 in the period, Northern never got the deficit below 5 points. Everett's tandem Michael Stevenson and Derick Nelson (not a a foul-troubled Goran Suton) was just too good. Stevenson scored 9 of his 11 points in the 4th after going scoreless in the first half, while Nelson more than made up for the foul-plagued Suton by scoring netting 19 points in the second half. Their efforts helped Everett fend off the Northern comeback and escape with the 69-64 victory.
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Everett now advances to the state finals to take on Flint Carman Ainsworth, whom defeated Detroit Redford 46-40 in the other Class A semi-final.
Though Pontiac Northern lost the game, it was obvious to those in attendance that Dameon Abram, who finished with 16 points, is a budding star. The freshman sensation showed signs becoming a premier scorer. His ability to penetrate was complemented by his solid outside shooting. When in the lane, Abram was able to muscle up shots against the big boys. His presence sparked Pontiac's comeback. GBW's second court-side correspondent known to many as "DOTMAN" was extremely impressed with the younger Abram. "Abram was matched up most of the game with Nelson and he managed to do a good job on him in the first half. On offense he scored in a variety of different ways; off the break, with 3-point shots, and getting to the glass. Plus he has a deceptively quick first step. He's 6-2, strong, and thick ... not at all thin like Lester. He's also very instinctive. He was on the floor quite a bit, did a good job of anticipating passes for steals, and even managed to block a few shots. The kid is tough. It will be interesting to see how he continues to develop."
GBW will have much more on Abram in the coming months.