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Bloomfield Hills bands together after the loss of Gracey, fights its ways into final four WITH TOUT VIDEOS and PHOTO GALLERY

  • Bloomfield Hills #00 Cameron Dalton goes up for a shot over Warren Mott's #10 D'Laino Paige during their MHSAA Class A quaterfinal game at Calihan Hall in Detroit, Tuesday March 18, 2014. Bloomfield Hills went on to win 74-68 and will play in the semifinals at Breslin Arena Friday.(Vaughn Gurganian-The Oakland Press)
  • Bloomfield Hills beat Warren-Mott 74-68 Tuesday night to advance to the Class A semifinals Friday at the Breslin Center. (The Oakland Press/VAUGHN GURGANIAN)
  • Bloomfield Hills beat Warren-Mott 74-68 Tuesday night to advance to the Class A semifinals Friday at the Breslin Center. (The Oakland Press/VAUGHN GURGANIAN)
  • Bloomfield Hills beat Warren-Mott 74-68 Tuesday night to advance to the Class A semifinals Friday at the Breslin Center. (The Oakland Press/VAUGHN GURGANIAN)
  • Bloomfield Hills beat Warren-Mott 74-68 Tuesday night to advance to the Class A semifinals Friday at the Breslin Center. (The Oakland Press/VAUGHN GURGANIAN)
  • Bloomfield Hills beat Warren-Mott 74-68 Tuesday night to advance to the Class A semifinals Friday at the Breslin Center. (The Oakland Press/VAUGHN GURGANIAN)
  • Bloomfield Hills beat Warren-Mott 74-68 Tuesday night to advance to the Class A semifinals Friday at the Breslin Center. (The Oakland Press/VAUGHN GURGANIAN)
  • Bloomfield Hills beat Warren-Mott 74-68 Tuesday night to advance to the Class A semifinals Friday at the Breslin Center. (The Oakland Press/VAUGHN GURGANIAN)
  • Bloomfield Hills forward Yante Maten (11) and guard Armand Cartwright (34) double up Warren-Mott forward Kenny Goins during Tuesday night's Class A quarterfinal at Calihan Hall on the campus of the University of Detroit Mercy. (The Oakland Press/JASON SCHMITT)
  • Bloomfield Hills' Yante Maten (left) slaps the ball away from Warren-Mott's Derek Murphy Tuesday night. (The Oakland Press/JASON SCHMITT)
  • Bloomfield Hills players celebrate after their win over Warren-Mott Tuesday. (The Oakland Press/JASON SCHMITT)
DETROIT – Bloomfield Hills was a band of brothers Tuesday night at Calihan Hall in the Class A quarterfinals, overcoming the loss of all-league senior forward Khalil Gracey (internal dismissal) to still nail down reservations for the final four with a 74-68 win over Warren Mott.

The primary void-fillers for the Black Hawks were junior sixth-man Cameron Dalton and senior Xzavier Reynolds, who took Gracey's place in Bloomfield Hills' starting lineup. They were both clutch as can be against a pesky and athletic Mott squad, burying numerous momentum-swinging buckets in the second half.

“We’re all brothers and brothers step up for one another,” said Reynolds of the situation and losing Gracey. “We had to take it up another notch.”

After Mott took its first lead since the early second quarter, 58-55 on a three-point play by Kenny Goins with just under six minutes to go, Dalton responded with a four-point play, getting fouled when draining a triple from the top of the key. The Black Hawks never trailed again.

“I didn’t think it was going to go, but it rattled in and gave us a real boost,” Dalton said.

A consistent energizing presence off the pine with his deadeye shooting all season long, he was motivated by the upperclassmen on his club.

“We had to do this for the seniors, I needed them to get this,” said Dalton of securing a final-four berth. “They’ve been chipping away at getting to this point for a while and for me to help get them over the hump means so much. I just couldn’t let them down.”

This is Dalton’s first year playing on varsity and he's made a reputation for himself as one of the area's top reserves and most accurate downtown marksmen.

Last season, a large chunk of the team played at Bloomfield Hills Lahser prior to the merger and made an appearance in the regional finals, its second straight trip to the regional-round of the state tournament.

On Tuesday, Dalton had 15 points, connecting on 4-of-6 from 3-point distance.

“My coaches and teammates rely on me coming in there and delivering with my shooting ability,” he said. “That’s what I do and that’s what I did tonight.”

Reynolds (7 points) was equally lethal down the stretch, canning a huge 3 with 3:30 remaining and his Black Hawks clinging to a one-point lead at 64-63 and then stealing a pass and dishing it ahead to Dalton for the easy deuce on the other end.

Duane Graves, Bloomfield Hills’ head coach, couldn’t say enough about the tenacious twosome and what they were able to provide for his team Tuesday at Calihan Hall in the biggest game of their respective careers.

“They shined bright, showed their true colors when we needed them most,” he said. “That’s the sign of being true competitors.”

Gracey, a three-time all-OAA selection and an all-state candidate this year, was dismissed from the Bloomfield Hills team Tuesday afternoon. Sources inside the Black Hawks athletic program tell The Oakland Press that Gracey’s situation is legally related.

Last Updated: 3/18/2014 8:45:32 PM EST

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