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  • With 13 points, Inter-City's Evan Kraatz (10) helped lead the Chargers to a district title Friday night with a 66-46 win against Trillium Academy. Photo gallery by Tom Alexander

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Dominance would be an understatement.

After winning its first two district games by an average of 44 points, the Inter-City boys’ basketball team dispatched Trillium Academy 66-46 to capture the Class D, District 101 championship at home Friday night in front of a packed house.

Brady Fressel had a breakout game scoring 18 points for the Chargers while team captain Evan Kraatz continued his consistent postseason by scoring 13.

Inter-City used its pressure to frustrate the Wildcats on the defensive end, which led to open looks on offense. The Chargers held Trillium to 19-of-50 shooting from the field and forced 30 turnovers.

“I thought we played well. We played hard, but they weren’t going to score on us after awhile. I thought our defense was really tough,” said Inter-City Coach Mark Kraatz. “I mean they’re a pretty talented team and we locked them down to 46 points.”

The Chargers carried a 16 point lead into the fourth quarter when Trillium Coach Greg Johnson invoked a unique strategy.

With five minutes remaining in the final quarter and his team trailing by 11, Johnson decided to intentionally foul Inter-City the rest of the way out.

“Scoring was just not there for us tonight,” said Johnson. “They’re not a good free-throw shooting team, but we struggled to score. It stopped them a little bit but it really didn’t help that much.”

The Chargers shot a whopping 30 free-throws in the quarter and connected on 16 of them, which was good enough.

Trillium seemed baffled by the Inter-City press during the game’s opening minutes. The Wildcats turned the ball over on their first six possessions and two first-quarter threes gave the Chargers an early 12-6 lead.

Inter-City shot 60 percent from behind the arc, 3-of-5, in the second quarter to open up a 14- point lead, but a buzzer beating triple by Trillium’s Hardy Robb sent the Wildcats into the locker room on a positive note trailing 29-18

The Chargers came out in the second half playing unselfish basketball. Five different players scored in the quarter, punctuated by Nathan Estell’s triple with three seconds left and Inter-City went into the fourth leading 46-30.

Kristian Oden did his best to keep Trillium in the game in the second half. The senior big man scored 11 of his 17 points in the second half and grabbed a ridiculous 24 rebounds in the game, but it proved to be in vain.

Luke Barber scored 11 and grabbed five rebounds for Inter-City. Garrett Kraatz dropped seven points to go along with six rebounds.

While Coach Mark Kraatz is happy with the District title; he said it is only the first step in his team’s ultimate goal.

“We played hard but obviously this isn’t our goal,” he said. “Our goal starts back up again next week and hopefully we can keep going from there.”

Inter-City will travel to West Bloomfield high school to take on Pinckney Livingston Monday at 7 p.m. in a regional semi-final matchup.

Last Updated: 3/8/2014 12:36:52 PM EST