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Bloomfield Hills, Bloomfield Township, Rochester, Rochester Hills, Troy

Published March 11, 2013

Lahser and Rochester High boys basketball get past regional semis

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Bloomfield Hills Lahser's Armand Cartwright goes up for a shot in a game earlier this season. The Knights beat Troy Athens 70-61 in a Class A regional semifinal March 11 at West Bloomfield High.

WEST BLOOMFIELD — Bloomfield Hills Lahser and Rochester High have a date for a Class A regional championship at 7 p.m. March 13 at West Bloomfield High.

Each squad won their semifinal tilt March 11.

Lahser beat Troy Athens 70-61.

“The kids played great; it was definitely a battle for us,” Lahser coach Duane Graves said. “Tonight our transition game was clicking, and the kids were looking for the extra pass.”

Lahser led 16-14 after the first quarter and 33-31 going into the half, but the Knights' length and athleticism took over in the second half.

“We came in with the expectation of winning, but Lahser has a great team. We gave up too many fast-break buckets,” Athens coach Dave Scott said.

Lahser’s Yante Maten led all scorers with 24 points. Jeff Koch paced the Red Hawks with 15.

The Knights go to 18-6 overall and Athens finishes 6-17.

“I know we shocked some people (winning a district championship), but we always thought we had it in us,” Scott said.

In the second game of the night, Rochester beat Romeo 59-43. The Falcons never trailed in the contest, limiting the Bulldogs’ opportunities offensively.

“We knew that could be a problem going in and were a little worried,” Romeo coach Dale Teller said. “That has been our Achilles all season.”

Rochester’s James Young led all scorers with 24 points.

Rochester goes to 20-4. Romeo ends the season 14-9.

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