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Muskegon just too much for Bloomfield Hills, as Big Reds roll to Class A title WITH PHOTO GALLERY

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  • Bloomfield Hills' Yante Maten puts up a shot against a pair of Muskegon defenders during their Class A state championship game Saturday at the Breslin Center in East Lansing. (Photo gallery by Ken Swart for The Oakland Press)
  • Bloomfield Hills' Yante Maten moves to the basket against Muskegon defender Jordan Waire during their Class A state championship game Saturday at the Breslin Center in East Lansing. (Photo gallery by Ken Swart for The Oakland Press)
  • Bloomfield Hills' Yante Maten puts up a shot against Deyonte Davis of Muskegon during their Class A state championship game Saturday at the Breslin Center in East Lansing. (Photo gallery by Ken Swart for The Oakland Press)
  • Bloomfield Hills' Cameron Dalton defends against William Roberson Jr. of Muskegon during their Class A state championship game Saturday at the Breslin Center in East Lansing. (Photo gallery by Ken Swart for The Oakland Press)
  • Bloomfield Hills' Armand Cartwright drives to the basket against Muskegon defender Deshaun Thrower during their Class A state championship game Saturday at the Breslin Center in East Lansing. (Photo gallery by Ken Swart for The Oakland Press)
  • Bloomfield Hills' Eric Weiss moves to the basket against Muskegon defender Joeviair Kennedy during their Class A state championship game Saturday at the Breslin Center in East Lansing. (Photo gallery by Ken Swart for The Oakland Press)
  • Bloomfield Hills' Armand Cartwright defends against Muskegon's Joeviair Kennedy during their Class A state championship game Saturday at the Breslin Center in East Lansing. (Photo gallery by Ken Swart for The Oakland Press)
  • Bloomfield Hills’ Yante Maten (11) drives around Muskegon’s Jamarie Collins (12) during the first quarter of the MHSAA Class A State Championship game played on Saturday March 22, 2014 at the Breslin Center in East Lansing. Bloomfield Hills lost the final to Muskegon 91-67. (Special to the Oakland Press/KEN SWART)
  • Bloomfield Hills’ Eric Weiss (33) lays the ball up between Muskegon’s Deshaun Thrower (1), and Joeviair Kennedy (L) during the second quarter of the MHSAA Class A State Championship game played on Saturday March 22, 2014 at the Breslin Center in East Lansing. Bloomfield Hills lost the final to Muskegon 91-67. (Special to the Oakland Press/KEN SWART)
  • Bloomfield Hills' Josh Bender battles Muskegon's William Roberson Jr.during their Class A state championship game Saturday at the Breslin Center in East Lansing. (Photo gallery by Ken Swart for The Oakland Press)
  • Bloomfield Hills' Yante Maten and Jacob Hecker slap hands during their Class A state championship game against Muskegon Saturday at the Breslin Center in East Lansing. (Photo gallery by Ken Swart for The Oakland Press)
  • Bloomfield Hills' Josh Bender watches the free throw with Muskegon's Michael Dobson during their Class A state championship game Saturday at the Breslin Center in East Lansing. (Photo gallery by Ken Swart for The Oakland Press)
  • Bloomfield Hills' Cameron Dalton moves past Jordan Waire of Muskegon during their Class A state championship game Saturday at the Breslin Center in East Lansing. (Photo gallery by Ken Swart for The Oakland Press)
  • The Bloomfield Hills student section cheers on the Black Hawks during their Class A state championship game against Muskegon Saturday at the Breslin Center in East Lansing. (Photo gallery by Ken Swart for The Oakland Press)
  • Muskegon, the No. 1 ranked team in the state, knocked off Bloomfield Hills, 91-67, in the Class A state championship game Saturday. (For The Oakland Press/KEN SWART)
  • Bloomfield Hills' Jacob Hecker gets five from the bench during the Class A state championship game against Muskegon Saturday at the Breslin Center in East Lansing. (Photo gallery by Ken Swart for The Oakland Press)
  • Dylan Deitch (2) of Bloomfield Hills beats Muskegon’s Deyonta Davis (21) to the basket during the third quarter of the MHSAA Class A State Championship game played on Saturday March 22, 2014 at the Breslin Center in East Lansing. Bloomfield Hills lost the final to Muskegon 91-67. (Special to the Oakland Press/KEN SWART)
  • Bloomfield Hills' Logan McDonald gets a warm reception from head coach Duane Graves during the Class A state championship game against Muskegon Saturday at the Breslin Center in East Lansing. (Photo gallery by Ken Swart for The Oakland Press)
  • Bloomfield Hills' Yante Maten (R) and Armand Cartwright (L) share a laugh during their Class A state championship game against Muskegon Saturday at the Breslin Center in East Lansing. (Photo gallery by Ken Swart for The Oakland Press)
  • Bloomfield Hills' Oronde Bynum receives his finalist medal after the Class A state championship game against Muskegon Saturday at the Breslin Center in East Lansing. (Photo gallery by Ken Swart for The Oakland Press)
  • The Bloomfield Hills student section cheers on the Black Hawks during their Class A state championship game against Muskegon Saturday at the Breslin Center in East Lansing. (Photo gallery by Ken Swart for The Oakland Press)
  • The Bloomfield Hills basketball team poses with its state runner-up trophy Saturday. (For The Oakland Press/KEN SWART)
EAST LANSING – Facing mighty Muskegon, Bloomfield Hills ran out of gas.

Never able to find its footing in the Class A state finals Saturday at the Breslin Center in East Lansing, Bloomfield Hills lost handily to No. 1-ranked Muskegon 91-67.

Bloomfield Hills (24-4) shot 43 percent on the game, under 30 percent in the first half. The Black Hawks’ trailed 45-25 at the break and never recovered.

“Our shots weren’t falling, the bounces didn’t go our way,” Bloomfield Hills head coach Duane Graves said. “It was in and out, in and out the whole game. We fought as hard as we could, we just fell short.”

Muskegon concluded the campaign a perfect 28-0 and connected on nearly 70 percent of its attempts from the field Saturday.

Mr. Basketball Deshaun Thrower (Stoney Brook) was zooming all over the floor for the Big Reds, as the all-state point guard posted 21 points and five assists. However, the centerpiece of the Muskegon attack was star junior big fella Deyonta Davis (committed to Michigan State). Outplaying fellow all-state center Yante Maten of Bloomfield Hills in the paint, Davis was a one-man wrecking crew around the rim, charting a double-double of 26 points and 15 rebounds.

Maten, who had been on an absolute tear entering Saturday’s title tilt, was neutralized by Davis and foul trouble. Fouling out in the third quarter, the 6-foot-8 Maten finished his final game as a prepster with a mortal 13 points and five rebounds.

Discussing his match-up with Davis in the postgame press conference, he was full of praise.

“Deyonta is very, very good,” Maten said. “He’s an extremely well-rounded player and he really made me alter my shots today. We had trouble containing him.”

Asked about Davis’ future, Muskegon head coach Keith Guy didn’t hesitate in his response.

“It’s scary to think he can play better than he is right now, but he can and I'm pretty certain he will.”

For more coverage of Bloomfield Hills’ run to the Class A state championship game, click on the story links below.

(Bloomfield Hills’ Deitch looks back on memorable run; Bloomfield Hills’ cupboard not exactly bare after stellar 2013-14 season; KEITH DUNLAP: Even the loss and uncertain future, Yante Maten left incredible legacy for Bloomfield Hills)

In the semifinals Friday, Maten scored 25 points, snared 18 rebounds, blocked six shots and delved off five assists for good measure. Against Warren Mott in the quarterfinals earlier in the week, he put up a gaudy triple-double of 32 points, 18 rebounds and 10 swats.

“Yante carried us here,” said Graves of Maten’s recent string of overwhelming outings. “He put us on his back. We placed a lot on his shoulders and he never disappointed. That’s the kind of player and person he is.”

Graves’ club had an eventful year in 2014. First, there was the seamless merger of two programs; Graves' Lahser team that had won back-to-back league and district crowns and Andover. Then, in the middle of Bloomfield Hills' tournament run, the team's second-leading scorer, all-league senior forward Khalil Gracey, was arrested and suspended, leaving them shorthanded for the past three games. Still, the Black Hawks made quite an imprint, becoming the most successful public school basketball squad in their city's history.

“This all just shows you what kind of kids these are and the commitment level they all had,” said Graves speaking on the campaign.

Following up a career-high 16 points in the semis, Black Hawks' senior guard Xzavier Reynolds went for a team-high 21 points on Saturday in the finals.

Featuring a freshmen team that went 20-0 this winter, Graves believes his 2014 group could only be the tip of the iceberg.

“We’re going to be back here (Breslin Center for the final four),” he said. “We’ve got talent coming down the pipeline and now that this team got everybody a taste, they know what it takes to get there.”

Last Updated: 3/24/2014 5:49:36 PM EST

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