playoff roundup: Gabriel Richard, Greenhills, Washtenaw Christian advance to district finals
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Gabriel Richard 71, Livonia Clarenceville 54
Richard will play Detroit Community on Friday at 6 p.m. at Calrenceville High School.
Clinton outscored Willow Run 23-8 in the fourth quarter to put the game out of reach. Clinton struggled to hit its free throws, making 22 of its 40 attempts with a majority of those makes occurring in the final eight minutes.
“At the end of the second and third quarters, Willow Run went on runs to take the lead,” Clinton coach Mike Ruhl said. “We came together in the fourth quarter to pull it out.”
Willow Run (10-11) led 26-24 at halftime and utilized a six-point run at the end of the third quarter to take a 41-39 lead into the final quarter.
Daquanta Brown of Willow Run scored 21 points.
Leading by five points at halftime, Greenhills (19-1) outscored Arbor Preparatory 18-7 in the third quarter to advance to the Class C district final at Whitmore Lake.
“We talked about raising our game at the half, and being more aggressive offensively,” Greenhills coach Andrew Wright said. “We did a better job of getting inside, and creating better shots in the third quarter.”
Andrew Khouri led Greenhills with a game-high 16 points.
Greenhills' Abe Estenson added nine points and eight rebounds, and Derek Heitman and Emmet Kulka each scored eight points.
Adrian Harrison and Michael Donatelli led Arbor Prep, each with eight points.
Arbor Prep, with five freshmen and four sophomores, finished its season 7-12.
“Offensively, it will be a work in progress,” Arbor Prep coach Don Spencer said. “Defensively, we are headed in the right direction.
“In all, we had a great season. Each night, we were outsized, outmuscled and you feel bad because you think they should be winning right now.”
Greenhills faces Clinton at 7p.m., Friday at Whitmore Lake, hoping to win its first district title since a Class C title in 2002.
Washtenaw Christian used a 24-6 run in the second quarter to extend its lead and improve to 12-8. Senior Mathias Donat led Washtenaw Christian with 24 points, while Josiah Donat added 15.
"We came out in a man-to-man defense, and got off to a healthy lead," Washtenaw Christian coach Dan Benefiel said. "We had played Calvary twice before, so we knew their personel pretty well. When we play man-to-man defense against them, they have a harder time getting shots. We used it pretty much the whole game and the boys played hard, and never quit.
Johnny Bryant led Calvary Christian Academy (3-18) with 11 points, while James Bergler added 10.
Washtenaw Christian hosts Livingston Christian at 7 p.m. Friday in the Class D district finals.