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Eric Davis scores 24 to lead Arthur Hill in what could be its last home game against Saginaw

Basketball   | Tom Markowski

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Saginaw – If this was to be the last game Saginaw Arthur Hill played Saginaw High at home Arthur Hill coach Greg McMath wanted it to be special.

Mr. Basketball candidate Eric Davis and his Arthur Hill teammates made sure that it was as the Lumberjacks outscored Saginaw 30-14 in the last 6:22 and defeated the Trojans 88-66 in a Saginaw Valley Association game on Tuesday.

“It’s one of the best rivalries in the state,” McMath said. “I don’t talk about (the possibility of the schools merging) with my players. Whatever happens you have to move forward. Right now I’m concerned with winning the Saginaw Valley. If this is the last one, we made a little history.”

The schools are the only public high schools in the Saginaw school district, a district that is strapped financially. Declining enrollment at both schools has only added to the financial crunch. The district gave serious consideration of closing one of the schools last June and creating one high school for this school year. Those close to the situation say consolidating the two into one high school for the 2015-16 is a done deal.

Saginaw (8-4, 7-1) will host Arthur Hill (10-2, 8-0) on Feb. 13 and the two teams will likely meet in a Class A district semifinal on March 11 at Saint Johns. An Arthur Hill victory over Owosso in a district opener on March 9 will set up what will be an emotionally-packed conclusion to this historic rivalry.

Davis, a 6-4 guard who signed with Texas, had 24 points and seven rebounds, and did his best to keep this game in perspective and not make too much out of it likely being the last on his home court.

“It’s a good win,” he said. “It’s the regular season. We’ll enjoy it until midnight then go back to work. They made their run. We kept our composure.

“Every game I play I think it’s my last game at Arthur Hill. You go out here and represent Arthur Hill. We just want to go out with a bang. I told the guys in the locker room who will be back next year. Go out and play like a senior. And they did.

“(The rivalry) is really intense. These are the guys you go out with and hang out with and go out and get something to eat with.”