Detroit Consortium, behind 6-foot-8 sophomore Joshua Jackson, defeated Negaunee 69-54 in the Class C semifinal game. They play Pewamo-Westphalia for the state title.
The Cougars opened the second quarter with a 20-7 run to lead the Miners 32-18. Consortium led by as many as 20 points in the fourth quarter. Jackson finished the game with 18 points, seven rebounds, four assists, and five blocks.
"It was that 20-7 [run] that really did us in," Mike O'Donnell, Miners head coach, said. "We needed to have a good night shooting and we didn't really get it. We struggled from the perimeter and with their length and size... it's tough to shoot over."
Detroit Consortium started the game with a 6-0 run, but the Miners were able to bring it within one point, trailing 12-11 after the first quarter. The Cougars defense allowed them to get several easy layups and fastbreak slam dunks. They shot 54 percent from the floor.
"We were able to slow them down in the half court in the first quarter," senior Eric Lori said. "After that, they got into the fastbreak and that's where we started to lose it."
For Negaunee, this was their second straight trip to the semifinals. After this season, O'Donnell loses seven seniors, including Lori, Zane Radloff, Tyler Windahl, and Tyler Jandron.
Sophomore Jay Lori scored 14 points for Negaunee, while Jandron finished with 12 points.
Negaunee ends its season with a 24-2 record.
"[The seniors] play together, we're out on the court together, and off the court together," Jandron said. "I'm really going to miss these guys. Whatever they do in college, I'm going to fully be there for them."