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Bloomfield Hills, Bloomfield Township, Warren

March 18, 2014

Bloomfield HIlls boys hoops knocks off Mott in quarters

By Christian Davis
C & G Sports Writer

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Bloomfield Hills High senior Yante Maten battles for a rebound March 18 against Warren Mott in a Class A quarterfinal. The Black Hawks won in part due to Maten's 31 points.

DETROIT — Bloomfield Hills High boys basketball is heading to the Class A semifinals.

The Black Hawks beat Warren Mott 74-68 March 18 at University of Detroit Mercy to earn their spot.

“I really thought we played hard for 32 minutes,” Bloomfield Hills coach Duane Graves said. “I thought we handled the highs and lows great.”

The Black Hawks led most of the game, except a one-point deficit after the first quarter, but Mott continued to keep the Black Hawks within reach.

A key sequence came early in the fourth quarter when Mott’s Kenny Goins scored seven straight points to give the Marauders a 58-55 lead.

Bloomfield Hills responded on the next possessionwith a four-point play by Cameron Dalton after hitting a 3-pointer from the corner and then converting a free throw with 5:46 remaining to put his squad up 59-58.

The Black Hawks never trailed again.

“Cameron is one of our clutch shooters. He’s been doing it for us all season long,” Graves said.

Bloomfield Hills’ Yante Maten led all scorers with 31 points along with six blocks.

“We knew this is it. This is my senior year, so I have to do it big or we’re going home,” Maten said.

The Marauders were led by Goins’ 27 points.

Mott finishes 21-5 overall and with the program’s first district and regional titles.

“That’s one thing that this senior class has done, they’ve set a real high bar about how hard you have to play. Those kids aren’t going to quit out there,” Mott coach Jeff Olind said.

Bloomfield Hills goes to 23-3 and takes on either Romulus High or Detroit U-D Jesuit in a semifinal at 2:50 p.m. March 21 in East Lansing.

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