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March 19, 2014

Bloomfield Hills High wins regional title; Country Day falls

By Christian Davis
C & G Sports Writer

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The Bloomfield Hills High boys basketball team celebrates with its Class A regional trophy March 13 after beating Clarkston High. The Black Hawks played in a quarterfinal after press time.

LATHRUP VILLAGE — A Class A regional championship eluded Bloomfield Hills Lahser boys basketball last season.

This season, after combining with Andover this season, achieving that goal had been on the collective minds of the Black Hawks at Bloomfield High.

On March 13, they were able to hoist it midcourt at Southfield-Lathrup after beating Clarkston High 53-52 for the title.

“It’s awesome; I can’t explain the feeling,” coach Duane Graves said, who coached Lahser to a regional final last season. “Winning our first-ever championship — even though the schools are combined — we wanted it last year, but it didn’t happen. Having Andover kids and Lahser kids, we are officially Black Hawks.”

Bloomfield Hills (22-3 overall) took on Warren Mott (21-4) in a quarterfinal after press time. Visit www.candgnews.com for a full recap. The winner moves on to the semifinals against either Romulus High (21-4) or Detroit U of D Jesuit (21-2) at 2:50 p.m. March 21 at Michigan State University.

Against Clarkston, senior Yante Maten led the way with 14 points — 12 of them came in the second half, but a block in the final minute proved to be just as valuable.

Up two points with 36 seconds remaining, Maten stepped up to the free-throw line with a chance to put the game away.

But the free throw bounced off the rim, was rebounded by a Clarkston High player 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, and blocked the layup on the other end of the floor.

Senior Armand Cartwright was soon fouled and made both of his attempts to seal the game for the Black Hawks. Clarkston hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer, making it a one-point loss.

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,” Graves said.

In Class B, Beverly Hills Detroit Country Day’s season came to a close.

The defending state champions fell to Detroit Douglass 69-56 in a regional final March 13 at Pontiac Notre Dame Prep.

The Yellowjackets finish the season 17-8.

You can reach C & G Sports Writer Christian Davis at cdavis@candgnews.com or at (586)498-1062. Twitter Follow Christian on Twitter.