Class A: Detroit Western 62, Saginaw Arthur Hill 59
Josh McFolley did a little bit of everything against Saginaw Arthur Hill on Saturday afternoon. His 19 points, five rebounds, five assists, and six steals served as more than enough to lead his undefeated and no. 1 ranked Detroit Western club to its first ever state championship. Western (26-0) outscored no. 9 Arthur Hill 20-9 over a crucial third quarter stretch.
Gerald Blackshear, joining McFolley at Detroit Mercy next year, contributed 16 points and 12 rebounds, including a late dunk to seal the deal for Western.
Class B: Wyoming Godwin Heights 85, Detroit Henry Ford 68
Godwin Heights came out blazing in their championship matchup against Henry Ford. The Wolverines hit 8-11 three-pointers in the first half, jumping out to a 50-29 advantage at the break and never looking back in a lopsided 85-68 victory. Senior Delaney Blaylock led the charge for Godwin Heights (26-1), registering a double-double with 10 rebounds and a game-high 19 points, two of which came on a late game-capping alley-oop flush.
Joshua Davis, heading to Western Michigan in the fall, led Henry Ford (21-5) with 15 points and 11 rebounds.
Class C: Flint Beecher 78, NorthPointe Christian 52
Beecher (26-1) jumped out to an 25-5 first quarter lead against an over-matched NorthPoint Christian squad, setting the tone in what would be Beecher’s three state title in four years. Suffocating defensive pressure yielded easy looks for the Bucs, who were led by Cedric Moten’s 24 points on 11-13 shooting. Kual Nhial led NorthPointe (21-6) with 16 points and 10 rebounds.
Class D: Powers North Central 67, Morenci 47
Powers North Central reeled in their first state championship since 1984 with a strong offensive punch right out of the gate. The Upper Peninsula’s finest hit 10 of their first 13 shots en route to establishing a demanding 45-26 lead at half before coasting to a 67-47 victory.
North Central capped off an undefeated season by doing what they do best, which essentially consisted of foregoing the deep ball in favor of mid-range and layup opportunities inside. They shot 59.6% from the floor, led by sophomore Jason Whitens’ 19 points, seven rebounds, and four assists. North Central is liable to reload next season, graduating just two seniors.
All footage courtesy of State Champs Sports Network