2018-01-11 / Sports

Grand Blanc boys take down defending Class C champs

By Brandon Pope
810-452-2651 • bpope@mihomepaper.com

Grand Blanc’s Lonnell Martin drives past a Flint Powers Catholic defender on Dec. 12. 
Photo by Timothy Mucciante Grand Blanc’s Lonnell Martin drives past a Flint Powers Catholic defender on Dec. 12. Photo by Timothy Mucciante FLINT – The Grand Blanc boys’ basketball team traveled to Flint Beecher last Friday, taking down the reigning Class C state champs 74-68. Beecher has claimed five of the last six Class C state championships.

The game started out as a bit of a dog fight with Aareon Broughton setting the tone on the first few possessions.

Jackarus Smith played a pivotal role in the second quarter, especially with consecutive three-pointers from the corner. Broughton would get back into the action with a massive dunk after a feed from Mark Miller.

“This gym has a lot of magic in it,” said Grand Blanc coach Mike Thomas. “They’re a championship program and they’re going to fight to the end, especially with a great coach like Coach Williams. He’s going to motivate his guys. But we were able to overcome some adversity and get the win, and that’s all you can ask for in a tough environment like this.”

Grand Blanc took a 57-38 lead, but the Bucs weren’t giving up yet, slicing the deficit down to 62-56. Another Smith three, however, would tilt the scales in favor of Grand Blanc. Smith had 19 points and 10 rebounds and Broughton had 20 points.

“Right before the (holiday) break,” Coach Thomas noted, “we lost a tough one to Howell. If you’re going to be a good team, you’re going to find a way to not lose two in a row. And our guys found a way to get it done. Rebounding was the key. We wanted to dominate the glass. Aareon really stepped up to the challenge and so did Jackarus.

“Aareon Broughton was our key to winning tonight. If he plays every night like he did tonight, we’re looking at a deep playoff run.”

“I started off just playing my role in the game, and then the momentum just built from there,” said Broughton.

Grand Blanc is at Brighton tomorrow.

GOODRICH: The Martians returned from the holiday break on Tuesday with a tough matchup at Southfield Christian, the No. 1 team in Class D. Goodrich ended up on the wrong side of a 91-57 decision, its second consecutive tough road game after a loss at Detroit Cass Tech over the break.

“We had flurries, but they’re very talented,” said Goodrich coach Gary Barns. “We had some mental lapses. It was a tough place to play. We weren’t very good from the free-throw line. They exposed us.”

Tyson Davis poured in 26 points to set the tone for Goodrich while Colby Wiggins added 12. Matai Swain snared eight rebounds, Latrell Fordham grabbed six boards and Tylor Leedom had five.

Goodrich is at Lake Fenton tomorrow.

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