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Mott boys hoops captures program’s first district, regional titles

March 19, 2014

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The Warren Mott boys basketball team won the program’s first regional title in a 63-52 win over Utica Eisenhower March 13. Pictured, the team and fans celebrate after the game.

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — When asked what it felt like to be a part of the most successful team in the history of the Warren Mott boys basketball program, Marauders senior forward Ken Goins said it’s a feeling that can’t be matched.

That came after the Marauders’ 63-52 March 13 win over Utica Eisenhower to clinch the program’s first-ever regional title. The regional championship came less than a week after Mott downed Warren De La Salle for the team’s first district championship.

The March 13 Class A regional final marked the first appearance for the Marauders in a regional championship game.

“You can’t ask for much more,” Goins said after a regional final, where he netted 17 points.

To advance to the regional final, Mott knocked off Roseville High 67-39 March 10 at Dakota.

Mott (21-4 at press time) battled Bloomfield Hills High in a Class A state quarterfinal after press time.

The state semifinals are set for March 21 at Michigan State University.

“We wanted this bad. This is well-deserved,” Mott senior guard Vondale Kelly said following the team’s 57-53 win over Warren De La Salle March 7 in a Class A district title game. “We worked hard for this, and we got it. This was a big thing for me, personally, because a lot of people don’t think we can come out and win games like this.”

Mott coach Jeff Olind said he believes his team began to peak toward the end of the regular season.

“I think we’re playing our best basketball right now,” Olind said after a regional semifinal win over Roseville March 10. “Really, in our last 10 games, it’s just gotten better and better. Offensively, we’re clicking. We run predominantly a motion offense, and it takes some time to get together, but once it does, it can be a beautiful thing.”

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