Bloomfield Hills High boys basketball captures regional crown
Published March 13, 2014
LATHRUP VILLAGE — Up two points with 36 remaining in a Class A boys basketball regional final, Bloomfield Hills High senior Yante Maten stepped up to the free-throw line with a chance to put the game away.
But the free throw bounced off the rim, landed in a Clarkston High player’s hand and a fast break ensued the other way.
“As soon as it happened, I thought, ‘I have to make up for this,’” Maten said of the miss.
Maten did, rising out of Clarkston’s peripheral and blocking the layup. Senior Armand Cartwright was soon fouled and made both of his attempts to seal the game. Clarkston hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer making it closer, but Bloomfield Hills walked away with the 53-52 victory and regional championship.
Though Clarkston won the Oakland Activities Association Red Division, it lost to Bloomfield Hills three times this season. The Black Hawks were second in the league.
“People barely beat Clarkston one time, to beat them twice is awesome. To beat them a third time is unheard of. That is a great Clarkston team,” Bloomfield Hills coach Duane Graves said.
Maten led the Black Hawks with 14 points, 12 of them came in the second half. Clarkston’s Tabin Throgmorton led all scorers with 17.
The Wolves end the year 20-5 overall. The Black Hawks go to 22-3 and take on Warren Mott at 5 p.m. March 18 at University of Detroit Mercy.