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March 21, 2014

Bloomfield High boys basketball heading to state final

By Christian Davis
C & G Sports Writer

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Bloomfield Hills High's Armand Cartwright makes a pass in a game earlier in the playoff run. The Black Hawks play Muskegon High at 12 p.m. March 22 for the Class A state title.

EAST LANSING — Bloomfield Hills High boys basketball earned a date with Muskegon High in the Class A state final March 22 in East Lansing.

The Black Hawks beat Detroit U-D Jesuit 85-75 March 21 in a semifinal.

“What a game. I’m proud of my boys, great team effort,” Bloomfield Hills coach Duane Graves said. “It’s hard to stay focused for 32 minutes sometimes, but these boys did a good job. The ball was bouncing our way.”

The Black Hawks led by as much as 22 points in the third quarter before the Cubs made a frantic comeback in the fourth to cut the lead to five points late in the frame.

“They deserved to win that game. We struggled shooting from the field today much more than we have all year,” Jesuit coach Pat Donnelly said. “I was proud of the way my guys didn’t give up. We were down 20, and a lot of teams would have buckled from that.”

Overall, Bloomfield Hills shot 54.9 percent compared to Jesuit’s 38.9 mark from the field.

Bloomfield Hills’ Yante Maten led all scorers with 25 points.  He grabbed 18 rebounds, had four blocks and four assists.

“I always try to play with a chip on my shoulder,” Maten said. “I know I have to represent God and my family.”

The Black Hawks take on Muskegon in the state final at 12 p.m.

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