Macomb TownshipMarch 10, 2014
Warren Mott boys basketball rolls into Class A regional finals
Marauders best Roseville for third time this season to advance
By Jason Carmel Davis
C & G Staff Writer
The Warren Mott boys basketball team kept its playoff run alive with a 67-39 win over Roseville High in a 2014 MHSAA Class A regional semifinal. Pictured is Marauders senior guard Stef Johnson, who tallied nine points in the regional semi win, during a Class A district final March 7 against Warren De La Salle.
MACOMB TOWNSHIP — The Warren Mott boys basketball team will play in its first-ever regional final after downing Roseville High 67-39 in a 2014 Michigan High School Athletic Association Class A regional semifinal March 10 at Macomb Dakota.
The Marauders (20-4) will match up with the winner of a Utica Eisenhower/Macomb Dakota tilt in a Class A regional final set for 6 p.m. March 12 at Dakota. The win ran Mott's win streak to 10 in a row and 18 of 19.
"I think we're playing our best basketball right now," Mott second-year coach Jeff Olind said. "Really, in our last 10 games it's just gotten better and better. Offensively, we're clicking. We run predominantly a motion offense and it takes some time to get together, but once it does, it can be a beautiful thing."
The contest — the third between Mott and Roseville this season after two inside the Macomb Area Conference White Division — started out tight and was knotted at eight early in the first quarter. A 3-point shot from Marauders junior forward Derek Murphy, who finished with 13 points, gave Mott an 11-8 lead it would not relinquish. The shot started a 24-8 run that spanned the first and second quarters, and saw the Marauders take a 32-16 lead into halftime.
Going into the game, Roseville (14-9) had won six straight and eight of its last 10.
"They're probably playing their best basketball right now," said Roseville coach Sean Hansen, who guided the Panthers to their first district title since 1992. "They've got some outstanding players and outstanding athleticism. We knew we had to play an outstanding game to be able to compete, but we didn't."
Mott senior forward Ken Goins led all scorers with 23 points, including 12 in the third quarter.
Roseville senior forward Elijah Collier led the Panthers with 11. Senior guard Marcus Hudson also netted 11 for Roseville.
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