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Warren-Mott wins first regional title by beating Eisenhower VIDEO & PHOTO GALLERY

(Photo Gallery by Ray J. Skowronek)

Warren-Mott boys basketball coach Jeff Olind knew if his squad could get that one good run in that one quarter his squad would be playing next Tuesday at Calihan Hall on the campus of University of Detroit Mercy.

His team delivered that early, Thursday night at Dakota High School.

The Marauders outscored Eisenhower 19-6 in the second quarter on their way to posting a 63-52 win to claim their first Class A regional title.

“We knew if we got that run in that one quarter it could be enough,” said Olind, who had already guided Warren-Mott to its first-ever district title last week. “We want to score off our defense and we want to get out and run. We did that in the second quarter.”

“The second quarter killed us, mostly on the boards, too many second shots,” said Eisenhower coach Dave Schwesinger, whose squad ends the season at 17-7 overall.

Warren-Mott faces Bloomfield Hills, Tuesday at 5 p.m., in a Class A state quarterfinal. The BlackHawks topped Clarkston, 53-52, to advance.

“We haven’t been here before, but we’re going to act like we have,” Olind said. “We’re going to enjoy this tonight and get back at it (Thursday).”

The Marauders’ second quarter got off to a quick start when Kenny Goins and Stef Johnson drained back-to-back triples to go up 21-10. Derek Murphy sealed the second quarter run with a pair of buckets in the final minute to give Warren-Mott a 34-16 lead at the half.

Murphy scored 17 of his team high 23 points in the first half.

“He was the best player in the gym in the first half,” Olind said. “There was no doubt. He was flying around, getting offensive rebounds, put backs, going to the glass, hitting (triples). He’s a real good player.”

Murphy’s only problem was hitting free throws, going 9-for-20 from the line.

That lack of being able to hit free throws down the stretch nearly cost the Marauders, who were just 19-of-37 on the night.

The Eagles did make a couple of nice runs in the second half, one of which came with Goins (17 points, 14 rebounds) on the bench with four fouls with half the third quarter left to play.

Eisenhower closed out the third quarter on a 14-4 run to close to within eight, 42-34.

“If we want to continue to go we’re going to have put together four quarters,” Olind said. “We’ve had a tendency when we’ve had a lead to lose focus. We had that happen. We can’t let it happen again.

“We thought we were the more athletic team and we wanted it to turn into more of an up-and-down kind of game and use our athleticism and speed,” Olind added. “We got away from that a little bit in the second half. That’s why they were able to make their runs.”

Another Eagles run came late in the fourth quarter when Dan Chmielewski hit three consecutive triples.

“I’m so proud of these kids they could have easily quit,” Schwesinger said. “They hung in and fought back. We won the boards in the second half and that helped us on the scoreboard, but a little too big of a hole early.”

Warren-Mott, which won the MAC White Division title, never trailed in the game.

Stef Johnson chipped in eight points for the Marauders, while Derek Murphy grabbed nine rebounds and Angelo Proulx took down eight boards. Vondale Kelly finished with six assists and four steals.

Chmielewski led the Eagles, who finished tied for second in the MAC Red, with 19 points, while Justin Greason netted 14 to go with 13 rebounds. Brandon Brundirks, who fouled out just 38 seconds into the fourth quarter, took down eight boards. Charlie Hayes had nine assists.

Last Updated: 3/14/2014 11:19:02 AM EST