Published March 13, 2014
Warren Mott boys basketball team bests Utica Eisenhower, wins program's first regional title
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MACOMB TOWNSHIP — A year of first continued for the Warren Mott boys basketball team, as the Marauders got by Utica Eisenhower 63-52 in a Class A regional final to claim the program's first regional title.
Mott (21-4) advances to the Class A state quarterfinals where it will face Bloomfield Hills High in a game set for 5 p.m. March 18 at Calihan Hall in Detroit.
The win was the 11th in a row for the Marauders. Mott, which had never advanced to the regional round before this winner, has won 19 of its last 20 games.
"You can't ask for much more," said Mott senior forward Ken Goins, who netted 17 points in the win. "Going to Calihan Hall, and hopefully making it to (the state title game)."
"We set goals at the beginning of the season," Mott senior guard Vondale Kelly said. "Now we're reaching those goals. But we're not done, and we're going to stay hungry."
The Marauders (21-4) led for the majority of the game, building as much as a 22-point lead. The Eagles (18-7) battled back to cut the Mott lead to eight going into the fourth quarter. The Marauders held as big as a 14-point lead in the final stanza.
"We knew that if we got that one big run and had that one big quarter that we could beat them," Mott coach Jeff Olind said. "We came in thinking we were the more athletic team, and we wanted to use our athleticism and speed. They made some runs, but we were able to take advantage where we could."
Junior forward Derek Murphy led Mott with 23 points; senior forward Ken Goins netted 17.
Senior swingman Dan Chmielewski led the Eagles with 19 points, including four 3-pointers. Junior center Justin Greason chipped in with 14 in the loss.
"They were the better team tonight," Eisenhower coach Dave Schwesinger said. "We had a couple of stretches where we played well, but they got too many extra shots. I'm just proud of the kids. We could have quit when we got down 22 points, but they fought back."
In other action, Mount Clemens High (24-1) downed Madison Heights Bishop Foley 81-49 to win a Class C regional title. The Bathers advance to take on Detroit Consortium at 7 p.m. March 18 at West Bloomfield High.
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