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Dietz knocks down several clutch shots as Troy fights off De La Salle WITH PHOTO GALLERY

  • Troy coach Gary Fralick presents the regional championship trophy to his team after the Colts defeated Warren De La Salle, 48-40, in a Class A title game played at Troy Athens Wednesday night. (MIPrepZone photo by Jason Schmitt)
  • Troy's Jason Dietz blocks a shot by De La Salle's Jordan Winowiecki during the second half Wednesday night. (MIPrepZone photo by Jason Schmitt)
  • Warren De La Salle junior Justin Fischer reaches in to poke the ball away from Troy's Clay Sebastian Wednesday night at Troy Athens High School. The Colts knocked off the Pilots, 48-40, to capture a Class A regional championship. (MIPrepZone photo by Jason Schmitt)
  • Troy and De La Salle battled it out for a Class A regional title Wednesday night, with the Colts pulling out a 48-40 victory to advance to the quarterfinal round next week. (MIPrepZone photo by Jason Schmitt)
  • Troy and De La Salle battled it out for a Class A regional title Wednesday night, with the Colts pulling out a 48-40 victory to advance to the quarterfinal round next week. (MIPrepZone photo by Jason Schmitt)
  • Troy and De La Salle battled it out for a Class A regional title Wednesday night, with the Colts pulling out a 48-40 victory to advance to the quarterfinal round next week. (MIPrepZone photo by Jason Schmitt)
  • Troy and De La Salle battled it out for a Class A regional title Wednesday night, with the Colts pulling out a 48-40 victory to advance to the quarterfinal round next week. (MIPrepZone photo by Jason Schmitt)
  • Troy and De La Salle battled it out for a Class A regional title Wednesday night, with the Colts pulling out a 48-40 victory to advance to the quarterfinal round next week. (MIPrepZone photo by Jason Schmitt)
  • Troy and De La Salle battled it out for a Class A regional title Wednesday night, with the Colts pulling out a 48-40 victory to advance to the quarterfinal round next week. (MIPrepZone photo by Jason Schmitt)
  • Troy and De La Salle battled it out for a Class A regional title Wednesday night, with the Colts pulling out a 48-40 victory to advance to the quarterfinal round next week. (MIPrepZone photo by Jason Schmitt)
  • Troy coach Gary Fralick presents the regional championship trophy to his team after the Colts defeated Warren De La Salle, 48-40, in a Class A title game played at Troy Athens Wednesday night. (MIPrepZone photo by Jason Schmitt)
  • Troy and De La Salle battled it out for a Class A regional title Wednesday night, with the Colts pulling out a 48-40 victory to advance to the quarterfinal round next week. (MIPrepZone photo by Jason Schmitt)
  • Troy and De La Salle battled it out for a Class A regional title Wednesday night, with the Colts pulling out a 48-40 victory to advance to the quarterfinal round next week. (MIPrepZone photo by Jason Schmitt)
  • Troy and De La Salle battled it out for a Class A regional title Wednesday night, with the Colts pulling out a 48-40 victory to advance to the quarterfinal round next week. (MIPrepZone photo by Jason Schmitt)
  • Troy and De La Salle battled it out for a Class A regional title Wednesday night, with the Colts pulling out a 48-40 victory to advance to the quarterfinal round next week. (MIPrepZone photo by Jason Schmitt)
  • Troy and De La Salle battled it out for a Class A regional title Wednesday night, with the Colts pulling out a 48-40 victory to advance to the quarterfinal round next week. (MIPrepZone photo by Jason Schmitt)
  • Troy and De La Salle battled it out for a Class A regional title Wednesday night, with the Colts pulling out a 48-40 victory to advance to the quarterfinal round next week. (MIPrepZone photo by Jason Schmitt)
  • Troy and De La Salle battled it out for a Class A regional title Wednesday night, with the Colts pulling out a 48-40 victory to advance to the quarterfinal round next week. (MIPrepZone photo by Jason Schmitt)
  • Troy and De La Salle battled it out for a Class A regional title Wednesday night, with the Colts pulling out a 48-40 victory to advance to the quarterfinal round next week. (MIPrepZone photo by Jason Schmitt)
  • Troy and De La Salle battled it out for a Class A regional title Wednesday night, with the Colts pulling out a 48-40 victory to advance to the quarterfinal round next week. (MIPrepZone photo by Jason Schmitt)
  • Troy and De La Salle battled it out for a Class A regional title Wednesday night, with the Colts pulling out a 48-40 victory to advance to the quarterfinal round next week. (MIPrepZone photo by Jason Schmitt)
  • Troy and De La Salle battled it out for a Class A regional title Wednesday night, with the Colts pulling out a 48-40 victory to advance to the quarterfinal round next week. (MIPrepZone photo by Jason Schmitt)
  • Troy and De La Salle battled it out for a Class A regional title Wednesday night, with the Colts pulling out a 48-40 victory to advance to the quarterfinal round next week. (MIPrepZone photo by Jason Schmitt)
  • Troy and De La Salle battled it out for a Class A regional title Wednesday night, with the Colts pulling out a 48-40 victory to advance to the quarterfinal round next week. (MIPrepZone photo by Jason Schmitt)
  • Troy and De La Salle battled it out for a Class A regional title Wednesday night, with the Colts pulling out a 48-40 victory to advance to the quarterfinal round next week. (MIPrepZone photo by Jason Schmitt)
  • Troy and De La Salle battled it out for a Class A regional title Wednesday night, with the Colts pulling out a 48-40 victory to advance to the quarterfinal round next week. (MIPrepZone photo by Jason Schmitt)
  • Troy and De La Salle battled it out for a Class A regional title Wednesday night, with the Colts pulling out a 48-40 victory to advance to the quarterfinal round next week. (MIPrepZone photo by Jason Schmitt)
  • Troy and De La Salle battled it out for a Class A regional title Wednesday night, with the Colts pulling out a 48-40 victory to advance to the quarterfinal round next week. (MIPrepZone photo by Jason Schmitt)
  • Troy and De La Salle battled it out for a Class A regional title Wednesday night, with the Colts pulling out a 48-40 victory to advance to the quarterfinal round next week. (MIPrepZone photo by Jason Schmitt)
  • Troy and De La Salle battled it out for a Class A regional title Wednesday night, with the Colts pulling out a 48-40 victory to advance to the quarterfinal round next week. (MIPrepZone photo by Jason Schmitt)
  • Troy and De La Salle battled it out for a Class A regional title Wednesday night, with the Colts pulling out a 48-40 victory to advance to the quarterfinal round next week. (MIPrepZone photo by Jason Schmitt)
  • Troy and De La Salle battled it out for a Class A regional title Wednesday night, with the Colts pulling out a 48-40 victory to advance to the quarterfinal round next week. (MIPrepZone photo by Jason Schmitt)
  • Troy and De La Salle battled it out for a Class A regional title Wednesday night, with the Colts pulling out a 48-40 victory to advance to the quarterfinal round next week. (MIPrepZone photo by Jason Schmitt)
  • Troy and De La Salle battled it out for a Class A regional title Wednesday night, with the Colts pulling out a 48-40 victory to advance to the quarterfinal round next week. (MIPrepZone photo by Jason Schmitt)
  • Troy and De La Salle battled it out for a Class A regional title Wednesday night, with the Colts pulling out a 48-40 victory to advance to the quarterfinal round next week. (MIPrepZone photo by Jason Schmitt)
  • Troy and De La Salle battled it out for a Class A regional title Wednesday night, with the Colts pulling out a 48-40 victory to advance to the quarterfinal round next week. (MIPrepZone photo by Jason Schmitt)
  • Troy and De La Salle battled it out for a Class A regional title Wednesday night, with the Colts pulling out a 48-40 victory to advance to the quarterfinal round next week. (MIPrepZone photo by Jason Schmitt)
  • Troy and De La Salle battled it out for a Class A regional title Wednesday night, with the Colts pulling out a 48-40 victory to advance to the quarterfinal round next week. (MIPrepZone photo by Jason Schmitt)
  • Troy and De La Salle battled it out for a Class A regional title Wednesday night, with the Colts pulling out a 48-40 victory to advance to the quarterfinal round next week. (MIPrepZone photo by Jason Schmitt)
  • Troy and De La Salle battled it out for a Class A regional title Wednesday night, with the Colts pulling out a 48-40 victory to advance to the quarterfinal round next week. (MIPrepZone photo by Jason Schmitt)
  • Troy and De La Salle battled it out for a Class A regional title Wednesday night, with the Colts pulling out a 48-40 victory to advance to the quarterfinal round next week. (MIPrepZone photo by Jason Schmitt)
  • Troy and De La Salle battled it out for a Class A regional title Wednesday night, with the Colts pulling out a 48-40 victory to advance to the quarterfinal round next week. (MIPrepZone photo by Jason Schmitt)
  • Troy and De La Salle battled it out for a Class A regional title Wednesday night, with the Colts pulling out a 48-40 victory to advance to the quarterfinal round next week. (MIPrepZone photo by Jason Schmitt)
  • Troy and De La Salle battled it out for a Class A regional title Wednesday night, with the Colts pulling out a 48-40 victory to advance to the quarterfinal round next week. (MIPrepZone photo by Jason Schmitt)
  • Troy and De La Salle battled it out for a Class A regional title Wednesday night, with the Colts pulling out a 48-40 victory to advance to the quarterfinal round next week. (MIPrepZone photo by Jason Schmitt)
  • Troy and De La Salle battled it out for a Class A regional title Wednesday night, with the Colts pulling out a 48-40 victory to advance to the quarterfinal round next week. (MIPrepZone photo by Jason Schmitt)
  • Troy and De La Salle battled it out for a Class A regional title Wednesday night, with the Colts pulling out a 48-40 victory to advance to the quarterfinal round next week. (MIPrepZone photo by Jason Schmitt)
  • Troy and De La Salle battled it out for a Class A regional title Wednesday night, with the Colts pulling out a 48-40 victory to advance to the quarterfinal round next week. (MIPrepZone photo by Jason Schmitt)
  • Troy and De La Salle battled it out for a Class A regional title Wednesday night, with the Colts pulling out a 48-40 victory to advance to the quarterfinal round next week. (MIPrepZone photo by Jason Schmitt)
  • Troy and De La Salle battled it out for a Class A regional title Wednesday night, with the Colts pulling out a 48-40 victory to advance to the quarterfinal round next week. (MIPrepZone photo by Jason Schmitt)
  • Troy and De La Salle battled it out for a Class A regional title Wednesday night, with the Colts pulling out a 48-40 victory to advance to the quarterfinal round next week. (MIPrepZone photo by Jason Schmitt)
  • Troy and De La Salle battled it out for a Class A regional title Wednesday night, with the Colts pulling out a 48-40 victory to advance to the quarterfinal round next week. (MIPrepZone photo by Jason Schmitt)
  • Troy and De La Salle battled it out for a Class A regional title Wednesday night, with the Colts pulling out a 48-40 victory to advance to the quarterfinal round next week. (MIPrepZone photo by Jason Schmitt)
  • Troy and De La Salle battled it out for a Class A regional title Wednesday night, with the Colts pulling out a 48-40 victory to advance to the quarterfinal round next week. (MIPrepZone photo by Jason Schmitt)
  • Troy and De La Salle battled it out for a Class A regional title Wednesday night, with the Colts pulling out a 48-40 victory to advance to the quarterfinal round next week. (MIPrepZone photo by Jason Schmitt)
  • Troy and De La Salle battled it out for a Class A regional title Wednesday night, with the Colts pulling out a 48-40 victory to advance to the quarterfinal round next week. (MIPrepZone photo by Jason Schmitt)
  • Troy and De La Salle battled it out for a Class A regional title Wednesday night, with the Colts pulling out a 48-40 victory to advance to the quarterfinal round next week. (MIPrepZone photo by Jason Schmitt)
  • Troy and De La Salle battled it out for a Class A regional title Wednesday night, with the Colts pulling out a 48-40 victory to advance to the quarterfinal round next week. (MIPrepZone photo by Jason Schmitt)
  • Troy and De La Salle battled it out for a Class A regional title Wednesday night, with the Colts pulling out a 48-40 victory to advance to the quarterfinal round next week. (MIPrepZone photo by Jason Schmitt)
  • Troy and De La Salle battled it out for a Class A regional title Wednesday night, with the Colts pulling out a 48-40 victory to advance to the quarterfinal round next week. (MIPrepZone photo by Jason Schmitt)
  • Troy and De La Salle battled it out for a Class A regional title Wednesday night, with the Colts pulling out a 48-40 victory to advance to the quarterfinal round next week. (MIPrepZone photo by Jason Schmitt)
  • Troy and De La Salle battled it out for a Class A regional title Wednesday night, with the Colts pulling out a 48-40 victory to advance to the quarterfinal round next week. (MIPrepZone photo by Jason Schmitt)
  • Troy and De La Salle battled it out for a Class A regional title Wednesday night, with the Colts pulling out a 48-40 victory to advance to the quarterfinal round next week. (MIPrepZone photo by Jason Schmitt)
  • Troy and De La Salle battled it out for a Class A regional title Wednesday night, with the Colts pulling out a 48-40 victory to advance to the quarterfinal round next week. (MIPrepZone photo by Jason Schmitt)
  • Troy and De La Salle battled it out for a Class A regional title Wednesday night, with the Colts pulling out a 48-40 victory to advance to the quarterfinal round next week. (MIPrepZone photo by Jason Schmitt)
  • Troy and De La Salle battled it out for a Class A regional title Wednesday night, with the Colts pulling out a 48-40 victory to advance to the quarterfinal round next week. (MIPrepZone photo by Jason Schmitt)
  • Troy and De La Salle battled it out for a Class A regional title Wednesday night, with the Colts pulling out a 48-40 victory to advance to the quarterfinal round next week. (MIPrepZone photo by Jason Schmitt)
  • Troy and De La Salle battled it out for a Class A regional title Wednesday night, with the Colts pulling out a 48-40 victory to advance to the quarterfinal round next week. (MIPrepZone photo by Jason Schmitt)
  • Troy and De La Salle battled it out for a Class A regional title Wednesday night, with the Colts pulling out a 48-40 victory to advance to the quarterfinal round next week. (MIPrepZone photo by Jason Schmitt)
  • Troy and De La Salle battled it out for a Class A regional title Wednesday night, with the Colts pulling out a 48-40 victory to advance to the quarterfinal round next week. (MIPrepZone photo by Jason Schmitt)
  • Troy and De La Salle battled it out for a Class A regional title Wednesday night, with the Colts pulling out a 48-40 victory to advance to the quarterfinal round next week. (MIPrepZone photo by Jason Schmitt)
  • Troy and De La Salle battled it out for a Class A regional title Wednesday night, with the Colts pulling out a 48-40 victory to advance to the quarterfinal round next week. (MIPrepZone photo by Jason Schmitt)
  • Troy and De La Salle battled it out for a Class A regional title Wednesday night, with the Colts pulling out a 48-40 victory to advance to the quarterfinal round next week. (MIPrepZone photo by Jason Schmitt)
  • Troy and De La Salle battled it out for a Class A regional title Wednesday night, with the Colts pulling out a 48-40 victory to advance to the quarterfinal round next week. (MIPrepZone photo by Jason Schmitt)
  • Troy and De La Salle battled it out for a Class A regional title Wednesday night, with the Colts pulling out a 48-40 victory to advance to the quarterfinal round next week. (MIPrepZone photo by Jason Schmitt)
  • Troy and De La Salle battled it out for a Class A regional title Wednesday night, with the Colts pulling out a 48-40 victory to advance to the quarterfinal round next week. (MIPrepZone photo by Jason Schmitt)
  • De La Salle's Justin Fischer (left) and Jordan Winowiecki trap Troy's Leon Ayers near mid-court during their Class A regional final Wednesday night at Troy Athens High School. The Colts won the game, 48-40. (MIPrepZone photo by Jason Schmitt)
  • Troy junior Justin Wilson lets a shot fly in the first half against De La Salle Wednesday night in a Class A regional final played at Troy Athens High School. (MIPrepZone photo by Jason Schmitt)
  • De La Salle's Luke Pfromm shoots a free throw during his team's 48-40 loss to Troy Wednesday night. (MIPrepZone photo by Jason Schmitt)
  • Troy and De La Salle battled it out for a Class A regional title Wednesday night, with the Colts pulling out a 48-40 victory to advance to the quarterfinal round next week. (MIPrepZone photo by Jason Schmitt)
  • Troy and De La Salle battled it out for a Class A regional title Wednesday night, with the Colts pulling out a 48-40 victory to advance to the quarterfinal round next week. (MIPrepZone photo by Jason Schmitt)
  • Troy and De La Salle battled it out for a Class A regional title Wednesday night, with the Colts pulling out a 48-40 victory to advance to the quarterfinal round next week. (MIPrepZone photo by Jason Schmitt)
  • Troy and De La Salle battled it out for a Class A regional title Wednesday night, with the Colts pulling out a 48-40 victory to advance to the quarterfinal round next week. (MIPrepZone photo by Jason Schmitt)
  • Troy and De La Salle battled it out for a Class A regional title Wednesday night, with the Colts pulling out a 48-40 victory to advance to the quarterfinal round next week. (MIPrepZone photo by Jason Schmitt)
  • Troy and De La Salle battled it out for a Class A regional title Wednesday night, with the Colts pulling out a 48-40 victory to advance to the quarterfinal round next week. (MIPrepZone photo by Jason Schmitt)
  • Troy and De La Salle battled it out for a Class A regional title Wednesday night, with the Colts pulling out a 48-40 victory to advance to the quarterfinal round next week. (MIPrepZone photo by Jason Schmitt)
  • Troy and De La Salle battled it out for a Class A regional title Wednesday night, with the Colts pulling out a 48-40 victory to advance to the quarterfinal round next week. (MIPrepZone photo by Jason Schmitt)
  • Troy and De La Salle battled it out for a Class A regional title Wednesday night, with the Colts pulling out a 48-40 victory to advance to the quarterfinal round next week. (MIPrepZone photo by Jason Schmitt)
  • Troy and De La Salle battled it out for a Class A regional title Wednesday night, with the Colts pulling out a 48-40 victory to advance to the quarterfinal round next week. (MIPrepZone photo by Jason Schmitt)
  • Troy and De La Salle battled it out for a Class A regional title Wednesday night, with the Colts pulling out a 48-40 victory to advance to the quarterfinal round next week. (MIPrepZone photo by Jason Schmitt)
  • Troy and De La Salle battled it out for a Class A regional title Wednesday night, with the Colts pulling out a 48-40 victory to advance to the quarterfinal round next week. (MIPrepZone photo by Jason Schmitt)
  • Troy and De La Salle battled it out for a Class A regional title Wednesday night, with the Colts pulling out a 48-40 victory to advance to the quarterfinal round next week. (MIPrepZone photo by Jason Schmitt)
  • Troy and De La Salle battled it out for a Class A regional title Wednesday night, with the Colts pulling out a 48-40 victory to advance to the quarterfinal round next week. (MIPrepZone photo by Jason Schmitt)
  • Troy and De La Salle battled it out for a Class A regional title Wednesday night, with the Colts pulling out a 48-40 victory to advance to the quarterfinal round next week. (MIPrepZone photo by Jason Schmitt)
  • Troy and De La Salle battled it out for a Class A regional title Wednesday night, with the Colts pulling out a 48-40 victory to advance to the quarterfinal round next week. (MIPrepZone photo by Jason Schmitt)
  • Troy and De La Salle battled it out for a Class A regional title Wednesday night, with the Colts pulling out a 48-40 victory to advance to the quarterfinal round next week. (MIPrepZone photo by Jason Schmitt)
  • Troy and De La Salle battled it out for a Class A regional title Wednesday night, with the Colts pulling out a 48-40 victory to advance to the quarterfinal round next week. (MIPrepZone photo by Jason Schmitt)
  • Troy and De La Salle battled it out for a Class A regional title Wednesday night, with the Colts pulling out a 48-40 victory to advance to the quarterfinal round next week. (MIPrepZone photo by Jason Schmitt)
  • Troy and De La Salle battled it out for a Class A regional title Wednesday night, with the Colts pulling out a 48-40 victory to advance to the quarterfinal round next week. (MIPrepZone photo by Jason Schmitt)
  • Troy and De La Salle battled it out for a Class A regional title Wednesday night, with the Colts pulling out a 48-40 victory to advance to the quarterfinal round next week. (MIPrepZone photo by Jason Schmitt)
  • Troy and De La Salle battled it out for a Class A regional title Wednesday night, with the Colts pulling out a 48-40 victory to advance to the quarterfinal round next week. (MIPrepZone photo by Jason Schmitt)
  • Troy and De La Salle battled it out for a Class A regional title Wednesday night, with the Colts pulling out a 48-40 victory to advance to the quarterfinal round next week. (MIPrepZone photo by Jason Schmitt)
  • Troy and De La Salle battled it out for a Class A regional title Wednesday night, with the Colts pulling out a 48-40 victory to advance to the quarterfinal round next week. (MIPrepZone photo by Jason Schmitt)
  • Troy and De La Salle battled it out for a Class A regional title Wednesday night, with the Colts pulling out a 48-40 victory to advance to the quarterfinal round next week. (MIPrepZone photo by Jason Schmitt)
  • Troy and De La Salle battled it out for a Class A regional title Wednesday night, with the Colts pulling out a 48-40 victory to advance to the quarterfinal round next week. (MIPrepZone photo by Jason Schmitt)
  • Troy and De La Salle battled it out for a Class A regional title Wednesday night, with the Colts pulling out a 48-40 victory to advance to the quarterfinal round next week. (MIPrepZone photo by Jason Schmitt)
  • Troy and De La Salle battled it out for a Class A regional title Wednesday night, with the Colts pulling out a 48-40 victory to advance to the quarterfinal round next week. (MIPrepZone photo by Jason Schmitt)
  • Troy and De La Salle battled it out for a Class A regional title Wednesday night, with the Colts pulling out a 48-40 victory to advance to the quarterfinal round next week. (MIPrepZone photo by Jason Schmitt)
  • Troy and De La Salle battled it out for a Class A regional title Wednesday night, with the Colts pulling out a 48-40 victory to advance to the quarterfinal round next week. (MIPrepZone photo by Jason Schmitt)
  • Troy and De La Salle battled it out for a Class A regional title Wednesday night, with the Colts pulling out a 48-40 victory to advance to the quarterfinal round next week. (MIPrepZone photo by Jason Schmitt)
  • Troy and De La Salle battled it out for a Class A regional title Wednesday night, with the Colts pulling out a 48-40 victory to advance to the quarterfinal round next week. (MIPrepZone photo by Jason Schmitt)
  • Troy and De La Salle battled it out for a Class A regional title Wednesday night, with the Colts pulling out a 48-40 victory to advance to the quarterfinal round next week. (MIPrepZone photo by Jason Schmitt)
  • Troy and De La Salle battled it out for a Class A regional title Wednesday night, with the Colts pulling out a 48-40 victory to advance to the quarterfinal round next week. (MIPrepZone photo by Jason Schmitt)
  • Troy and De La Salle battled it out for a Class A regional title Wednesday night, with the Colts pulling out a 48-40 victory to advance to the quarterfinal round next week. (MIPrepZone photo by Jason Schmitt)
  • Troy and De La Salle battled it out for a Class A regional title Wednesday night, with the Colts pulling out a 48-40 victory to advance to the quarterfinal round next week. (MIPrepZone photo by Jason Schmitt)
  • Troy and De La Salle battled it out for a Class A regional title Wednesday night, with the Colts pulling out a 48-40 victory to advance to the quarterfinal round next week. (MIPrepZone photo by Jason Schmitt)
  • Troy and De La Salle battled it out for a Class A regional title Wednesday night, with the Colts pulling out a 48-40 victory to advance to the quarterfinal round next week. (MIPrepZone photo by Jason Schmitt)
  • Troy and De La Salle battled it out for a Class A regional title Wednesday night, with the Colts pulling out a 48-40 victory to advance to the quarterfinal round next week. (MIPrepZone photo by Jason Schmitt)
  • Troy and De La Salle battled it out for a Class A regional title Wednesday night, with the Colts pulling out a 48-40 victory to advance to the quarterfinal round next week. (MIPrepZone photo by Jason Schmitt)
  • Troy and De La Salle battled it out for a Class A regional title Wednesday night, with the Colts pulling out a 48-40 victory to advance to the quarterfinal round next week. (MIPrepZone photo by Jason Schmitt)
  • Troy and De La Salle battled it out for a Class A regional title Wednesday night, with the Colts pulling out a 48-40 victory to advance to the quarterfinal round next week. (MIPrepZone photo by Jason Schmitt)
  • Troy and De La Salle battled it out for a Class A regional title Wednesday night, with the Colts pulling out a 48-40 victory to advance to the quarterfinal round next week. (MIPrepZone photo by Jason Schmitt)
  • Troy and De La Salle battled it out for a Class A regional title Wednesday night, with the Colts pulling out a 48-40 victory to advance to the quarterfinal round next week. (MIPrepZone photo by Jason Schmitt)
  • Troy and De La Salle battled it out for a Class A regional title Wednesday night, with the Colts pulling out a 48-40 victory to advance to the quarterfinal round next week. (MIPrepZone photo by Jason Schmitt)
  • Troy and De La Salle battled it out for a Class A regional title Wednesday night, with the Colts pulling out a 48-40 victory to advance to the quarterfinal round next week. (MIPrepZone photo by Jason Schmitt)
  • Troy and De La Salle battled it out for a Class A regional title Wednesday night, with the Colts pulling out a 48-40 victory to advance to the quarterfinal round next week. (MIPrepZone photo by Jason Schmitt)
  • Troy and De La Salle battled it out for a Class A regional title Wednesday night, with the Colts pulling out a 48-40 victory to advance to the quarterfinal round next week. (MIPrepZone photo by Jason Schmitt)
  • Troy and De La Salle battled it out for a Class A regional title Wednesday night, with the Colts pulling out a 48-40 victory to advance to the quarterfinal round next week. (MIPrepZone photo by Jason Schmitt)
  • Troy and De La Salle battled it out for a Class A regional title Wednesday night, with the Colts pulling out a 48-40 victory to advance to the quarterfinal round next week. (MIPrepZone photo by Jason Schmitt)
  • Troy and De La Salle battled it out for a Class A regional title Wednesday night, with the Colts pulling out a 48-40 victory to advance to the quarterfinal round next week. (MIPrepZone photo by Jason Schmitt)
  • Troy and De La Salle battled it out for a Class A regional title Wednesday night, with the Colts pulling out a 48-40 victory to advance to the quarterfinal round next week. (MIPrepZone photo by Jason Schmitt)
  • Troy and De La Salle battled it out for a Class A regional title Wednesday night, with the Colts pulling out a 48-40 victory to advance to the quarterfinal round next week. (MIPrepZone photo by Jason Schmitt)
  • Troy and De La Salle battled it out for a Class A regional title Wednesday night, with the Colts pulling out a 48-40 victory to advance to the quarterfinal round next week. (MIPrepZone photo by Jason Schmitt)
  • Troy and De La Salle battled it out for a Class A regional title Wednesday night, with the Colts pulling out a 48-40 victory to advance to the quarterfinal round next week. (MIPrepZone photo by Jason Schmitt)
  • Troy and De La Salle battled it out for a Class A regional title Wednesday night, with the Colts pulling out a 48-40 victory to advance to the quarterfinal round next week. (MIPrepZone photo by Jason Schmitt)
  • Troy and De La Salle battled it out for a Class A regional title Wednesday night, with the Colts pulling out a 48-40 victory to advance to the quarterfinal round next week. (MIPrepZone photo by Jason Schmitt)
  • Troy and De La Salle battled it out for a Class A regional title Wednesday night, with the Colts pulling out a 48-40 victory to advance to the quarterfinal round next week. (MIPrepZone photo by Jason Schmitt)
  • Troy and De La Salle battled it out for a Class A regional title Wednesday night, with the Colts pulling out a 48-40 victory to advance to the quarterfinal round next week. (MIPrepZone photo by Jason Schmitt)
  • Troy and De La Salle battled it out for a Class A regional title Wednesday night, with the Colts pulling out a 48-40 victory to advance to the quarterfinal round next week. (MIPrepZone photo by Jason Schmitt)
  • Troy and De La Salle battled it out for a Class A regional title Wednesday night, with the Colts pulling out a 48-40 victory to advance to the quarterfinal round next week. (MIPrepZone photo by Jason Schmitt)
  • Troy and De La Salle battled it out for a Class A regional title Wednesday night, with the Colts pulling out a 48-40 victory to advance to the quarterfinal round next week. (MIPrepZone photo by Jason Schmitt)
  • Troy and De La Salle battled it out for a Class A regional title Wednesday night, with the Colts pulling out a 48-40 victory to advance to the quarterfinal round next week. (MIPrepZone photo by Jason Schmitt)

Troy faces West Bloomfield in the state quarterfinals on Tuesday.

TROY - A Macomb County basketball coach helped an Oakland County team shoot down another Macomb County team.

Inadvertently, that is.

Kurt Wilson is the boys basketball coach at St. Clair Shores South Lake. He’s also a high school buddy of the father of Jason Dietz, a junior on the Troy High squad.

“I was in the seventh grade. Up until that time, I’d always been taller than everyone else, so I played inside. Kurt Wilson taught me how to shoot from the outside. He’s a great guy,” said Dietz.

Dietz certainly shoots from the outside these days. He proved that multiple times on his way to a game-high 16-point performance as he led the Colts to a 48-40 victory over De La Salle in a regional championship game played at Troy Athens Wednesday night.

Troy moves on to play West Bloomfield in a quarterfinal game at the University of Detroit Mercy’s Calihan Hall Tuesday night. West Bloomfield beat Novi in double overtime Wednesday. The other game of the night will match defending state champ University of Detroit Jesuit High against Romulus.

Leon Ayers was second in line in scoring for the Colts with 14 points.

“It is very, very disappointing,” said Greg Esler, the De La Salle coach. “Every time we lost Dietz on defense, he’d hit a big three-point shot.”

While Dietz was on target much of the game, the Pilots had trouble converting their shots.

“We had open shots, we just did not hit them. We missed too many free throws and you can’t do that. We missed five in a row at one point. You have to give credit to Troy; they played a good game,” continued Esler.

Both Esler and Gary Fralick, his counterpart at Troy, have been coaching for decades. While Esler has taken De La Salle teams to the quarterfinals or beyond four times since starting at the Catholic League Central Division school in time for the 1994-1995 season. He was at Lake Shore prior to that and led the Shorians to a state title in 2004.

“As an assistant coach we went to the quarterfinals in 1989 when I was on Jim Clary’s staff. So this is the first time to the quarterfinals as a head coach. If you don’t succeed you try, try again and there have been a lot of tries,” said Fralick, laughing.

His Colts have visited the regional finals several times.

“It’s been poor coaching every time,” said the Troy coach, chuckling again.

There was no question about his coaching against De La Salle. The Colts came out in a zone and clogged up the inside. It was only the second time all season that the Pilots had played against a zone.

“Well, number one we packed it in and number two, we prayed they would miss and they did,” said Fralick. “That is being a little bit of smart aleck. De La Salle usually shoots the ball better than they did tonight, but we did a good job on defense tonight. We got good rotations and I’m real proud of the kids. We rebounded well, too. I don’t think we gave them too many offensive rebounds from what I remember.”

De La Salle was paced by Gio Plumaj’s 15 points. Luke Pfromm scored eight.

Last Updated: 3/15/2017 10:29:20 PM EST


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