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Posted on: 03-24-2018

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    All three Metro Detroit schools
involved emerged as winners in the
annual Michigan High School Athletic
Association Boy's Basketball Finals on Saturday.

    Southfield-Christian captured its fourth Class D Championship in seven seasons
but first in four years with a 74-64 morning win over Buckley.

    The Eagles had won three in a row from 2012--14.

    In this contest Southfield-Christian quickly turned a one point deficit into
a 10-P lead during a mid-1st-QTR surge.  A 19-3 Bears run spanning the second
and third quarters cut Buckley's deficit to 38-32, but the Eagles bumped their
bulge to 12-P in the first minute of the final quarter.

    Harlond Beverley scored 23-P, Caleb Hunter 13-P, Bryce Washington 12-P
with a co-game-high 9-RB and Da'Jion Humphrey 11-P for the Eagles.

    Joey Weber had a game-high 26-P and Austin Harris 15-P for the Bears.
Denver Cade totaled 8-P & 9-RB.

    Southfield-Christian finished 23-5 and Buckley 21-6 after losing in the
C-ship game for a second straight spring.

    One day after torching the Breslin Center nets for 42-P in the MHSAA semifinal,
Michigan State-bound Foster Loyer poured in 40 more to lead Clarkston in an 81-38
win vs Holland-West Ottawa for Clarkston's second consecutive Class A Championship
in the featured early afternoon encounter.
    The final shot of Loyer’s HS career was a 3-pointer to put him at 40-P and tied
him for the seventh-best scoring performance in an MHSAA Finals game. The 2018
"Mr. Basketball" leaves Clarkston as the program’s all-time leading scorer.

     Clarkston’s first four makes were from 3-point range, helping the Wolves to a
19-6 lead after one quarter and a 49-20 margin at the half. Holland-West Ottawa
dug itself a hole by shooting just 2-of-13 (15.4%) from the field in the 1st-QTR.

    C.J. Robinson added 18-P and Taylor Currie 13-P with a game-high 10-RB for
the Wolves.

    Xavier Wade had 13-P and Liam Cavanaugh 10-P for the Panthers, who
reached the Finals for the first time in school history.

    Clarkston went 26-1 and Holland-West Ottawa 25-3.
    Ahead just 19-18 at halftime, Detroit-Edison PSA outscored Maple City-
Glen Lake 34-20 after intermission to earn the Class C Title 53-38 in the
late afternoon contest.

    There were five lead changes and one tie as Edison went ahead for good
during a 15-6 run to finish the 3rd-QTR with a 39-31 advantage.

    Pierre Mitchell Jr. had 17-P, Gary Mitchell 16, and Brian Taylor Jr. & Deante
Johnson 10 each for thev Pioneers.  Johnson grabbed a game-high 11-RB.

    Xander Okerlund scored a game-high 19-P and Cade Peterson 12-P with
10-RB for the Lakers.

    Edison ended a 17-10 season with its first state C-ship.  Glen Lake went 24-3.

    The final game of the day was a 65-64 overtime thriller where Benton
Harbor edged Grand Rapids-Catholic Central 65-64 to capture the Class B
Championship Saturday evening.

    The Tigers earned their first state title since consecutive Class A wins
in 1964-65.

    The contest had six ties and nine lead changes.

    Benton Harbor's Shawn Hopkins forced the overtime when his layup with
3-sec left in regulation tied it up at 55.  GRCC led twice and by as many as
4-P (its largest lead of the game) in the OT on a Darrell Belcher 3-pointer for
a 63-59 score with 1:59 to play in the extra period.  

    Devan Nichols made a layup and split a pair of free throws to get Benton
Harbor within 63-62 with 40-sec showing.  Belcher made 1-of-2 foul shots
for a 64-62 score with 20-sec left.  Carlos Johnson grabbed the rebound off
Belcher's missed charity toss and hit a top-of-the-key triple with 12,2-sec on
the clock for the 65-64 final.  Belcher missed a jumper with 2-sec to go in a
failed attempt to pull out the decision.

    "Scooby" Johnson was game-high with 24-P and added 11-RB for the Tigers.  
T.J. Jones had 10-P and Hopkins 9-P with 11-RB.

    Belcher and Marcus Bingham Jr. both scored 21-P for the Cougars with
Bingham grabbing a game-high 13-RB.  Jacob Polakovich added 12-P & 12-RB.

    Benton Harbor ended 27-1 and Grand Rapids-CC 24-3.

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