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The Michigan Daily - Monday, March 20, 1989 - Page 15


Cooley 85, Southwestern 73
For the third consecutive year,
1 Detroit-Cooley won the Class A
state title in boy's basketball. After
listening to coach Ben Kelso
though, you would think that they
had never felt as if they could lose.
"I believed that I had the best
team," stated Kelso. "If you had
asked me this morning, I would have
told you that we we're going to
Cooley defeated Detroit-South-
western, 85-73, at Crisler Arena on
Saturday for the championship. The
Cardinals played with an offensive
fervor and began the game with a 25-
9 first quarter lead and never let up.
"That first quarter really hurt us,"
said Southwestern coach Perry
Watson. "They got off to a great
start and everything went their way,
even the technical." Perry was called
for a technical foul in the second
quarter when he rose up to call out
an offensive scheme to one of his
Not only did Cooley set the tone
on offense in the first quarter, but
they dominated with a quick and
pressing trap defense, one that held
the Prospectors to 25 points in the
first half.
"We had a way that we wanted to
attack and that was exactly what we
did," said Kelso, who is in his fifth
year at Cooley. "We had to get them
out of the zone and into man-to-
Senior guard and Michigan's Mr.
Basketball, Michael Talley, scored a
game-high 27 points for Cooley
with a 10 for 13 shooting perform-
ance. Talley will join the Wol-
verines next year as their top recruit.
Sophomore forward Jalen Rose
led Southwestern scorers with 17
Cooley's only defeat of the
season was a 55-45 loss to the
Prospectors in their second of two
games against each other during the
regular season.
The 85 points surrendered by
Southwestern were the most they
had given up all season. And, their
next highest total was ironically to
Cooley. In that first game against
each other, Cooley won 78-60. Also
ironic was the fact that it was the
Prospectors' only loss of the regular
season, too.
Cooley made up for the
Southwestern size advantage with
their vast experience. The starting
five consisted of four seniors and one
"They're a senior dominated team
but next year we'll have the
experience," said Southwestern head
coach Perry Watson. "We have a
very young team but on our end
we'd like to think that it takes a
great team to beat us."
This was Cooley's third consec-
utive championship, but these
games have been bitter for South-
western. The school has made the
finals seven times in the last eight
years, and have lost every time.
"I feel for them," said Cooley's
senior center Daniel Layton, who
scored 20 points and added seven
rebounds to the Cardinal victory.
"They're a young team and they
can win," said guard Ronald
Hopkins. "I'm just glad they didn't
win this time."

ess hits
Buena Vista 41, St. Joes 37
The season last year for the
Saginaw Buena Vista Knights was a
frustrating one. They were 90-16
with their former star Mark Macon,
but last year finished a disappointing
16-7. The Knights are back, how-
ever, having defeated the St. Joseph
Bears, 41-37, for the Class B state
championship at Crisler Arena
"We've been struggling at Buena
Vista the last year or so since Mark
left," said Knight's coach Norwaine
Reed. "Last year was the first year
we didn't win a district title. So this
one is very gratifying."
The Bears came into the game
with a 21-5 record, led by Craig
Blasko's 17-point scoring average
and by Geoff Wyngarden's 14.5 per
game average. Blasko was held to
just six points, though, in the Bear's
The key point in the game was the
second quarter. The Knights, trailing
14-13 after the first quarter, held St.
Joseph to just six shots from the
field and only three points, to take a
24-17 half-time lead. "I'd like to
think we played pretty good de-
fense," said Reed.
"We didn't expect their deliberate
style of play," said Bear's coach Jeff
Rusner. "They adjusted to what we
did immediately...we started with a
zone first, but their deliberate style
of play led us to a man to man
defense in the second half."
During the second half, the Bears
came back to tie the game twice in
the fourth quarter, the last time at
35-35, with 2:52 left, but never took
the lead. After Blasko tied the game
with a layup, the Knights missed
two shots before taking a two point
After St. Joseph missed its next
shot, the Knights came down court,
and again missed two shots before
Shawn Jackson was fouled. His two
free throws, the sixth and seventh of
the half for Buena Vista, sealed the
four point victory for the Knights.
Said winning coach Reed, "The
key was adversity. We were able to
use it as an educational experience
and think positive."
Bears coach Rusner was just as
happy with his team's play. "We
lost, but I'm super-proud. I'm proud
to be runner-up because we have a
great bunch of guys who played a
great game."
C'try Day 82, Ishpeming 43
Ishpeming's chances of winning
their Class C championship game
against Detroit Country Day were
placed slightly below Bill Frieder's
chances of winning coach of the
year. Not surprisingly, then, Detroit
Country Day fulfilled expectations
with an easy 82-43 victory over the
Hematites on Saturday night at
Chrisler Arena.
It's difficult to find an analogy
which adequately characterizes this
mismatch: How about simply
Ishpeming's front line against Chris
Although Webber is only a
sophomre, the 6-foot, 8-inch center
averaged 24.3 points and 11.7
rebounds this past season. And

against an Ishpeming front line with
an average height of 6-4 he was

expected to score at will inside.
Ishpeming's game-plan was clear-
ly designed with Webber in mind.
The Hematites spread the court
against Country Day's man-for-man,
with center Shawn Tynnismaa pull-
ing Webber outside to neutralize his
shot-blocking ability. They scored
their first eight points on lay-ups, as
the back-dr was available.
Defensively they used a zone in
an attempt to deny Webber the ball,
but the outside shooting of Kurt
Bloomhuff (three of five from three-
point range) and the inside quickness
of Myron Potter (16 points) forced
them to open up. Once Webber had
room inside he was unstoppable.
Ishpeming made a strong run in
the second quarter, but it was to no
avail as Country Day countered with
two jumpers and a Webber dunk to
end the half, and, for all practical
purposes, the game.
Ishpeming coach Tom Russo
concurred that this was the turning
point of the contest: "There's no
question. It was not just a turning
point in creating quite a gap for us
to overcome, but a turning point in
our psychological frame [of
mind]... We just never recovered."
Webber finished with 25 points,
16 rebounds, and four blocked shots.
Nick Joseph led a courageous
Ishpeming effort with 11 points.
For the Ishpeming seniors it was
probably the end of their basketball
careers, whereas a number of
Country Day players (seven of their
.top eight players are returning) have
ambitions of playing in college.
This leaves the question of why
an Ipsheming team that had accom-
plished so much and come so far had
to end its season on such a sour note
against a clearly more powerful
Country Day coach Kurt Keener
seemed to recognize the talent
disparity when asked whether
Country Day will stay in class C
next year: "The nature of the game is
to find the best challenge...I guess
we'll probably move up to class B."
Mio 78, Beal City 67
Mio-AuSable's Dennis Kann
gave an early indication of what was
in store for Beal City in the first
quarter, when he dunked the ball off
of a perfectly thrown alley-oop pass
from Ty McGregor.
The size of the Mio Thunderbolts
and leadership of McGregor was too
much for the Aggies, as Mio won
the Class D championship, 78-67,
leaving them as the only high
school basketball team in the state
to finish undefeated at 28-0.
Beal City was able to stay with
Mio in the first quarter with some

good outside shooting by Todd
Schafer, who ended with 24 points.
The key to the game according to
Mio coach John Byelich happened
when his team was down 12-9. "We
switched to man-to-man, we took
away one of their strong points,
three point shots," said Byelich.
That switch spurred a 29-11 point
dominance by Mio.
Most of the Thunderbolt's points
came from the ball-handling and
shooting of Ty McGregor, who had
32 points for the game.
Whenever the Aggies double
teamed McGregor, he would get the
ball to one of the two Kann cousins.
Dennis and Mike, who are 6-foot-7-
inches and 6-5, respectively, were
able to shoot over the shorter Beal
City team. Dennis finished with 24
points and Mike with 15.
Defensively, Dennis Kann was
just as good. He blocked nine shots,
forcing the Aggies to think twice
before putting up an inside shot.
Beal City coach Tom LaVoie's
game plan was to try and contain
Mio's top three players. "We knew
there was no way we could match up
with Dennis,' said LaVoie.
Part of the problem was two of
Beal City's top players fouled out
trying control Kann. Their aggres-
sive play did, however, force Dennis
Kann to foul out, also. At that point
it was too late, as Mio had firm
control of the game.
One advantage Mio has was its
team has played together since the
third grade. It showed in many of
their perfectly timed pass patterns
and calm play. Byelich said "I can.
count on Ty not to make mistakes."
This was Beal City's second
straight loss in the title game. The
feeling of losing 'the Big Game' has
haunted the Aggies.
Coach LaVoie said, "It's so darn
frustrating, because you finish sec-
ond in football once, you finish
second in basketball twice, and you
finish in the final four with baseball
last spring and you go in the locker
room and it seems like your repeat-
ing yourself with your 'keep your
heads up, it's been a hell of a
Forthe small city of Mio, it was
the feeling of joy. It was the
school's first state title in any sport.
There wasn't one loss during the
year to mar the Thunderbolts perfect
season. As coach Byelich said, "It
still hasn't sunk in."

high schools

Detroit Cooley's Michael Talley, right, barely lofted this shot over
Detroit-Southwest's Garland Mance. Talley, who will attend
Michigan next year, led Cooley to the Class A state championship.
Michigan Alumni work here:
The Wall Street Journal
The New York Times
The Washington Post
The Detroit Free Press
The Detroit News
NBC Sports
Associated Press
United Press International
Scientific American
Sports Illustrated
Because they worked here:
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