Mount Clemens coach reflects on season following state quarterfinal setback
March 26, 2014
WEST BLOOMFIELD — The Mount Clemens boys basketball team became a Class C power this season.
The Bathers (12-0) dominated their opponents, with an average margin of victory of 27.3 points per game, and won the Macomb Area Conference Gold Division title by four games. The league title is the fifth straight for the program.
The Bathers also captured their second straight district title and downed Madison Heights Bishop Foley 81-49 March 13 to claim a regional title.
At the beginning of the season, Bathers second-year coach Jermaine Jackson Sr. set a goal of winning a state championship, but came up just shy of that goal after falling 67-60 to Detroit Consortium March 18 at West Bloomfield High in a state quarterfinal game.
Sophomore forward Josh Jackson led Consortium with 31 points — 20 in the second half — and had 12 rebounds. Consortium coach Tobias Tuomi, in his first year with the team, called the performance the latest in a really long list of good games for the sophomore.
The Mount Clemens headman said the loss was tough to take.
“It hurts,” said Jackson Sr., whose team finished with a 24-2 mark. “We wanted to be state champs. It hurts.”
The Bathers held a 17-13 lead after the first quarter and led by six early in the second, but the teams were tied at halftime at 30.
Consortium, which played in a Class C state semifinal after press time, outscored Mount Clemens 20-10 in the third quarter to take a 10-point lead into the final stanza.
Mount Clemens junior guard Josh McFolley cut the Cougars’ lead to one at 55-54 about halfway through the fourth, but the Bathers couldn’t get any closer. McFolley led Mount Clemens with 26 points.
“Josh did his job and carried his team,” Jackson Sr. said. “Consortium just made a couple more basketball plays than we did.”
Even with the setback, the Mount Clemens coach, who has gone 45-4 in his two seasons, said his team accomplished some great things this year.
“Through all of the different things this team has been through, I’m proud of them,” he said. “Our kids did great.”