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East Kentwood holds off Southfield A&T's second half push to advance to first Class A final

Basketball   | Jeff Dullack

East Kentwood holds off Southfield A&T's second half push to advance to first Class A final

East Lansing – Throughout much of its postseason run, East Kentwood hadn’t faced much of a challenge heading into Friday’s Class A semifinal against Southfield A&T, who advanced to the semifinals in its first year of existence.

And after a dominant first half led to a 15 point halftime lead, the Falcons looked like they were well on their way to another double-digit win and their first state finals appearance.

After East Kentwood built a 20 point lead in the second half, A&T came charging back, using a 22-4 to cut the deficit down to just two with 5:36 left to go, but the Falcons would use a late 8-0 run of their own to hold on for a 55-51 win.

In the Class A state final, East Kenwood (26-1) will face Flushing, who topped the defending Class A champion Warren Cousino in the first semifinal of the day, on Saturday at 12:00pm at the Breslin Center in East Lansing.

“Basically, I think we pulled it out was because I thought we were better than them and the kids believed we were better than them,” East Kentwood coach Jimmy Carter said. “That’s not confidence, that’s just fact. I know it may sound a little conceited, but I feel like we’ve been underrated all year. We’re not even ranked in our area, so we feel like we had something to prove and that we’re better than what people think.”

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