WATCH: Northview Earns Trip To State Semis On Late Three Pointer
The Breslin Center in East Lansing will have a large West Michigan contingent this weekend, as all three boys teams in the state quarterfinals advanced to the Final Four in their respective divisions.
Division 1: Northview Star Comes Through In The Clutch
Mr. Basketball runner-up Kyler Vanderjagt was held in check for most of the game by a pair of Kalamazoo Central defensive specialists, but when it came time to shine, he burned brightly.
Vanderjagt scored eight of his 17 points in the fourth quarter, including a three pointer with 1.8 seconds left to lift the Wildcats over the Maroon Giants, 54-52 at Middleville.
Down by one with 13.2 seconds left, the Wildcats were forced to foul in an attempt to get the ball back. Central's Scott Hughes obliged by missing the front of a bonus free throw, setting up the wild finish.
Charity grabbed the rebound, rushed down the floor, hit Grant George on the wing, who then drove into the lane, and shoveled the ball back to Charity, who immediately kicked it out to Vanderjagt for the game winner.
"It's great that I got that shot, but if wasn't for Jalen and the other guys (getting the ball to me) I wouldn't have gotten it...It feels great to able to finish like this, but WE'RE NOT DNE YET!!" exclaimed Vanderjagt to FOX 17.
They sure aren't. Northview now faces Warren DeLaSalle in the state semi-finals at noon Friday at the Breslin Center in East Lansing.
Division 2: Catholic Central Eliminates Any Suspense, Blows Out Benton Harbor
There was no such drama at the D2 quarterfinal played at Calvin University's Van Noord Arena, as the Catholic Central Cougars raced out to an early lead, and then never took their foot off the gas as they put away the Tigers 86-60.
CC's relentless defensive pressure proved too much for the outmanned Tigers, who couldn't keep pace.
In the game, junior point guard Kaden Brown scored his milestone 1000th career point for the Cougars. Brown ended up with 23 points to lead Catholic, and will undoubtedly be a Mr. Basketball contender when he returns for his final season next year.
In the meantime, Catholic has unfinished business to tend to in East Lansing, as they try and become the first GR team since Covenant Christian in 1992-93 to win back to back state titles.
The Cougars will face a familiar foe in Ferndale Friday after noon at 5:30pm at MSU's Breslin Center. Catholic Central defeated the Eagles in last year's semi-finals, 81-55.
there is a photo gallery of last night's game action below.
Division 4: Tri-Unity To Try Again For State Title
The Defenders rode the hot shooting of star guard Brady Titus to eliminate Adrian Lenawee Christian, 69-57 in Portage. Titus poured in 32 points, his 13th game over 30, to lead his team to their third straight trip to the Final Four in D4.
"Our team is never intimidated or scared, and it helps to have Brady Titus," Tri-Unity coach Mark Keeler told FOX 17 following the win.
The team's last two trips to the Breslin came up empty, with a championship game loss to Detroit Douglass in 2021, and a loss in the semis to Frankfort 44-43 in 2019. (The 2020 tournament was canceled by Covid.)