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Mount Clemens High boys basketball downs Pontiac A & T in D-3 district quarters

By: Jason Carmel Davis | Online Only | Published March 9, 2020

 Mount Clemens High sophomore forward Matthew Coffey, pictured during a game earlier this season against Sterling Heights Stevenson, scored 19 points in the Bathers' 77-54 March 9 win over the Pontiac Arts and Techonology Academy in a Division 3 district quarterfinal.

Mount Clemens High sophomore forward Matthew Coffey, pictured during a game earlier this season against Sterling Heights Stevenson, scored 19 points in the Bathers' 77-54 March 9 win over the Pontiac Arts and Techonology Academy in a Division 3 district quarterfinal.

Photo by Sean Work

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — The Mount Clemens High boys basketball team trailed 5-2 early in a Division 3 district quarterfinal matchup against the Pontiac Arts and Technology Academy before turning it on and pulling away for a 77-54 win.

The Bathers (10-10) advance to meet Clinton Township Clintondale (8-12) in a district semifinal at 5 p.m. March 11 at Clintondale. The winner meets either Rochester Hills Lutheran Northwest (12-7) or Warren Michigan Collegiate (14-6) in a district final set for 7 p.m. arch 13 at Clintondale.

"I don't know much about (Clintondale). I know they're going to be scrappy. They're going to be at home so their seniors are going to look to take advantage of that," Mount Clemens coach Pete Trammell said. "You have to throw records out of the window in games like that. It's a neighborhood game. I'm sure all the kids know each other from grade school, so it should be a good matchup."

In the district quarterfinal, the Bathers wiped away the early deficit with a 17-3 run to take a 19-8 lead at the end of the first quarter. Mount Clemens led 46-23 at halftime and was led by sophomore wing Javaughn Hannah, who scored 15 points in the half and 25 in the game. Hannah scored 60 points in a February matchup against Pontiac A & T.

In the second half, the Bathers led by as much as 35 points.

"It's good to get the win, but I wasn't completely pleased with how we played," Trammell said. "That's a team in our league, so we knew what type of game to expect. Winning the game is good, but it's not our ultimate goal."

Mount Clemens sophomore forward Matthew Coffey and junior forward Tyler Banach chipped in with 19 and 10 points, respectively.

Pontiac A & T, which ends the season at 4-13, was led by sophomore guard Keyonte Hudson's 28 points. Hudson shot 26 free throws in the game and made 16. A total of 72 free throws were taken in the game.