Madison boys basketball beats Lutheran Northwest to win Class C district championship

By: Mark Vest | C&G Newspapers | Published March 9, 2018

 Madison Heights Madison senior Gregory Allen contends with a defender from Royal Oak Shrine during a Class C district  semifinal game March 7. Madison went on to beat Rochester Hills Lutheran Northwest to earn the program's first district championship since 2012.

Madison Heights Madison senior Gregory Allen contends with a defender from Royal Oak Shrine during a Class C district semifinal game March 7. Madison went on to beat Rochester Hills Lutheran Northwest to earn the program's first district championship since 2012.

Photo by Donna Dalziel

MADISON HEIGHTS — Madison Heights Madison’s boys basketball team won the program’s first Class C district championship since 2012 with a 66-57 victory against Rochester Hills Lutheran Northwest March 9 at Madison Heights Bishop Foley.

 

Up next, Madison plays Detroit Loyola at 7:30 p.m. March 12 at Foley in a regional semifinal.

 

Madison freshman Troye Williams has been a part of two championships in his first season with the program, as the Eagles won a Macomb Area Conference Bronze Division title earlier this year.

 

“I like it (because) it was just my first year,” Williams said. “We’ve been working hard all season.”

 

With its win, Madison improved to 18-4 overall.

 

Early in the fourth quarter, Madison led 56-40 before Lutheran Northwest went on a 10-point run to trim the Eagles’ lead to 56-50 with under five minutes remaining on the game clock.

 

Later in the quarter, the Crusaders trailed just 61-57 before Madison scored the last five points of the game to seal its victory.

 

Lutheran Northwest led the game for the majority of the first quarter and early into the second until the Eagles went on a 14-point run to take a lead they never relinquished.

 

Madison led 35-28 at the half.

 

Lutheran Northwest finished at 7-13 overall and 0-7 in the Michigan Independent Athletic Conference Blue Division. Although coach Romulo Roldan acknowledged his team didn’t have the best record, the team’s move to the MIAC Blue this season may have helped the Crusaders advance all the way to a district championship game.

 

“We moved up in the upper division and we struggled, as we thought we would,” Roldan said. “But we got battle-tested for districts, and it shows. We hung in, and we were right there at the end.”

 

Madison junior Austin Brown led all scorers with 25 points. Lutheran Northwest senior Zach Ponder led his team with 21 points.