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Detroit Western claims school's first state basketball championship, defeats Saginaw Arthur Hill 62-59

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Detroit Western claims school's first state basketball championship, defeats Saginaw Arthur Hill 62-59

 

 

East Lansing – One of the more difficult accomplishments in sports is for a team to win a title when it started that season on top.

Detroit Western, a program that accomplished little before this season, started the season ranked No. 1 and ended it on top.

Josh McFolley (19 Points) and Gerald Blackshear teamed for 35 points, 26 in the second half, to lead Western to a 62-59 victory over Saginaw Arthur Hill in the Class A championship game on Saturday before 8,009 at the Breslin Center.

Western (26-0) never played in a state semifinal before this season yet so much was expected from a team that was 6-13 last season, and had won 22 games in Derrick McDowell’s three previous seasons as head coach.

Western shot 26.9 percent (7-for-26) form the field and trailed 25-21 at halftime. The Cowboys scored the first four points of the second half to tie the score at 25-25. The lead changed hands seven times in the quarter with Arthur Hill taking its last lead, 32-31, on a Brian Bowen basket with 3:27 left.