Grand Blanc wins the first boys basketball national title with a 45:36 win over Ann Arbor Huron
It took 69 years for the Grand Blanc boys’ basketball team to reach the state finals again.
It took the Bobcats 32 minutes to win their first state championship.
The Bobcats finished Division 1 on Saturday by defeating the previously undefeated Ann Arbor Huron 45-36 in Breslin, Michigan. It was Grand Blanc’s first appearance in the final since 1952.
No more than four points separated the teams until 1:36 remained when Julian Lewis was fouled by Huron and Tae Boyd of Grand Blanc took two free throws to give the Bobcats a 39-34 lead.
Second point guard RJ Taylor led Grand Blanc with 15 points, 14 of which came in the first half. He also had four templates.
Boyd added 12 points and Ty Rodgers had nine with seven rebounds for Grand Blanc. A’Monte Allen-Johnson added six rebounds for the Bobcats (14-2).
Ann Arbor Huron (20-1) was led by Devin Womack with 18 points. Nobody else had more than six. Kingsley Perkins got 14 rebounds for Huron.
The game was tied 12-12 after the first quarter and 24-24 at halftime before Huron took a 30-29 lead in the fourth quarter.
Neither team shot off the field well. Huron was 15 for 47 (.319) and Grand Blanc was 12 for 43 (.279). Huron made 14 sales to Grand Blancs six.
The championship was the third for Grand Blanc coach Mike Thomas. He led Kalamazoo Central to consecutive Class A national titles in 2010 and 2011, beating Huron for the first crown.
Follow the development of the game by reading below.
0:00: Grand Blanc wins the boys’ first national basketball championship with a 45-36 win.
: 45.5: Grand Blanc has the biggest lead of the game after A’Monte Allen-Johnson scored two free throws to make it 43-36 in their sophomore year.
1:46: Julian Lewis starts his fifth foul dive for a loose ball. He goes on the bench with five points and five rebounds. Grand Blanc’s Tae Boyd makes the two free throws to give the Bobcats a 39-34 lead.
2:09: Grand Blanc 37, Huron 34 is taking a break. Huron with 14 sales to Grand Blancs six. Huron’s coach was saying to his team: “We’re not desperate. We are three. We are not desperate. “
3:57: Josh Rechsteiner’s 3-pointer, his first points in the game, gives Grand Blanc a 35-34 lead in a timeout. Devin Womack has 16 pionts for Huron.
05:57: Grand Blanc calls timeout with a tie of 32.Brandon Rawls and Julian Lewis are back in the game for Huron with four fouls per game.
Fast statistics: RJ Taylor with 14 points for Grand Blanc, Ty Rodgers with eight. Devin Womack at 12 for Huron, no one else with more than six. No team shoots particularly well. Grand Blanc with 26.5 percent and Huron with 33.3 percent.
0:00: Huron 30, Grand Blanc 29. It will be interesting to see how Huron deals with the nasty problems when Brandon Rawls and Julian Lewis finish fourth in the third quarter.
4:22 am: Huron’s Brandon Rawls goes on the bench after catching his fourth foul.
4:40: Time out on the floor. The scoring has slowed down. Still Huron 26, Grand Blanc 24. Grand Blanc hasn’t scored a goal since 3:59 in the second quarter.
07.28 a.m.: Devin Womack-Springer starts the second half, Huron 26, Grand Blanc 24
Fast individual statistics: RJ Taylor with 14 points for GB, Devin Womack with 10 points for Ann Arbor Huron. Nobody else on a team of more than six. Kingsley Perkins with seven rebounds for Huron.
Fast team statistics: Huron shoots 37 percent off the field, Grand Blanc 28 percent. Grand Blanc is 6v8 on free throws, Huron is 1v3. Huron with a whopping 22-14 rebound edges, 11 at each end. Huron with eight sales to Grand Blancs three.
0:00: Ann Arbor Huron 24, Grand Blanc 24. Both teams with 12 points each in the first two quarters.
1:46: Huron 24, Grand Blanc 24 while the game is taking a break. This is fast moving. RJ Taylor leads GB with 14 points (including a trio of 3 pointers). Devin Womack got 10 for Huron.
Quick statistics: Huron shoots 35.7 percent off the ground, Grand Blanc 21.4. Huron with 11-9 rebound edge, Huron with three turnovers to Grand Blancs two. The biggest advantage was four points from Huron.
0:00: The teams drew 12-12 after eight minutes. Devin Womack with seven points for Huron, RJ Taylor with six points for Grand Blanc.
3:52: Time out on the floor with Grand Blanc 8-6. Ty Rodgers with six points for Grand Blanc, Kingsley Perkins with four points for Huron.
7:59 a.m.: The state championship game of Division 1 is running in the Breslin Center.
Ann Arbor Huron: Brandon Rawls, Kingsley Perkins, Devin Womack, Tyson Edmondson, and Julian Lewis.
Grand Blanc: Andre Ridley, Ty Rodgers, A’Monte Allen-Johnson, Jacob Carlson and RJ Taylor
Today’s officials: Bruce Heeder, Steven Tannar, Brian Bower. Be nice to them unless you’re ready to pick up a pipe
– Grand Blanc was sent to East Lansing by the police. You can see it by clicking here.
About the updates
The final day of the 2021 high school basketball season is finally here.
The four state championship games will take place today at the Michigan state’s Breslin Center, and two teams from the Flint area will play – Grand Blanc in Division 1 and Beecher in Division 3.
Grand Blanc (14-2) is in the state finals for the first time since 1952 and meets Ann Arbor Huron (20-0) at 12:30 p.m. Huron was number 2 in the final Associated Press rankings and Grand Blanc was number 6, despite the fact that the Bobcats knocked off No. 1 Orchard Lake St. Mary’s in the quarterfinals.
We will have live updates during the game and then full coverage with stories, videos and photos.
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Live stream for the boys division 1 championship game