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Godwin Heights defeats defending state champion Milan, 70-64, reaches Class B final for second time

Basketball   | Tom Markowski

Godwin Heights defeats defending state champion Milan, 70-64, reaches Class B final for second time

East Lansing – Wyoming Godwin Heights is a blue collar type of team. The Wolverines take nothing for granted and they go after each loose ball and rebound as if the outcome of the game is riding on each play.

It is with this determination that Godwin Heights defeated defending state champion Milan 70-64 in a Class B semifinal on Friday at the Breslin Center.

Milan (24-3) scored the final six points of the third quarter to take a 47-44 lead then succumbed to Godwin Heights’ relentless pressure and grit.

Michael Williams had 13 points and 13 rebounds, nine on the offensive end, for Godwin Heights and his 3-pointer with 6:50 left tied the game at 49-49.

But Milan still maintained control. Garrett Gardette’s basket with 5:10 remaining gave Milan a 56-51 lead and the Big Reds still led 57-53 after an Arius Richmond free throw with 4:42 left.

That’s when Godwin heights made its run. Leon Redd, who picked up his fourth foul early in the fourth, made a basket and two free throw to tie the score at 57-57 with 4:19 left. With 2:34 left a putback by Delany Blaylock gave the Wolverines their first lead, 59-57, since the third quarter.

It appeared Godwin Heights would try to take some time off the clock after a Milan turnover but Redd showed courage and made a 3-pointer from the left side to give Godwin Heights a 62-57 lead with 2:02 left.

“Leon picked up a couple of early fouls,” Godwin heights coach Tyler Whittemore said. “I talked with my assistants and they said we got to get him back in. Then he picked up his fourth but we kept him in. He’s been big for us all year. I told him to s