Warren De La Salle forward Luke Pfromm soars in for a dunk during the team's 75-60 win over Harrison Township L'Anse Creuse in a March 12 Class A regional semifinal. Pfromm led all scorers in the game with 20 points.

Warren De La Salle forward Luke Pfromm soars in for a dunk during the team's 75-60 win over Harrison Township L'Anse Creuse in a March 12 Class A regional semifinal. Pfromm led all scorers in the game with 20 points.

Photo by Deb Jacques


De La Salle boys basketball bests L'Anse Creuse, moves on to regional final

By: Jason Carmel Davis | Online Only | Published March 12, 2018

 Harrison Township L'Anse Creuse forward Andrew Salter, left, goes up for a shot as Warren De La Salle forward Kole Gjonaj during a March 12 playoff game.

Harrison Township L'Anse Creuse forward Andrew Salter, left, goes up for a shot as Warren De La Salle forward Kole Gjonaj during a March 12 playoff game.

Photo by Deb Jacques

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — Warren De La Salle forward Luke Pfromm led four players in double figures with 20 points as the Pilots knocked off Harrison Township L’Anse Creuse 75-60 in a Class A regional semifinal March 12 at Macomb Dakota.

“That’s good. That shows how efficient our offense is,” Pfromm said. “We’ve got a lot of guys who can contribute, and we showed that tonight.”

The Pilots (17-9) advance to meet either Dakota or Roseville High in a regional final set for 6 p.m. March 14 at Dakota.

De La Salle, seeking its first regional title since 2010, led tip to buzzer. The Pilots took control in the second quarter, starting the frame with a 10-3 run to take a 31-22 lead. The Pilots took a 40-29 advantage into the lockerroom.

“(L’Anse Creuse) was getting to the basket whenever they wanted in the first quarter, so (De La Salle coach Greg Esler) got on us in the huddle and we were able to tighten things up,” Pfromm said.

The Pilots led by as much as 14 in the third quarter. The Lancers (13-10) showed some life late in the period, as back-to-back 3-pointers from forward Stephen Opatik cut the De La Salle lead to eight at 50-42. The Pilots closed the third on a 4-0 run to take a 12-point lead into the fourth.

De La Salle led by as much as 19 in the final frame. L’Anse Creuse, which won its first district championship since 2010, battled foul trouble much of the night. Starting forward and captain D’avion Moore recorded three first-half fouls and was limited to seven points. Lancers starting wing DaShawn Mills scored six points before fouling out.

“The fouls didn’t change much because we have a deep bench,” L’Anse Creuse coach George Woods said. “What beat us is they did what we wanted to do, which was pound the ball inside.

“I’m proud of my guys. This team put L’Anse Creuse basketball on the map.”

De La Salle will look to avenge a 48-40 loss to Troy High in a 2017 regional final.

“It’ll be exciting,” Pfromm said. “Last year was tough. We’ll be ready.”