Morenci takes Regional championship

BELLEVUE — Morenci defeated Lansing Christian, 60-48, Wednesday, claiming its first Regional Championship since the 1950s.

The Bulldogs fell behind briefly in the second quarter before charging ahead of the Pilgrims. Morenci became the first TCC boys basketball team since 1992 (Sand Creek) to win a Regional title.

The Bulldogs (22-2) will play Wyoming Tri-Unity Christian (14-10) at 7 p.m. at Kalamazoo Loy Norrix.

Austin Sandusky scored 20 points for Morenci while Torin Merillat added 13 and Alex Thomas 10.

Sandusky hit four three-pointers, two in the second quarter and two in the third. He was the only Bulldog to score in an 8-point second quarter. Merillat made all five of his free throw attempts in the fourth quarter.

Morenci (60)

Thomas 3 4-4 10, Merillat 3 7-9 13, Borton 2(2) 0-0 6, Sandusky 5(4) 6-11 20, Stover 2 0-2 4, Feltz 2 0-0 4, Black 1(1) 0-0 3. Totals — 18(7) 17-26 60.

Lansing Christian (48)

Harvey 6(5) 5-6 22, Jamieson 0 2-2 2, Richards 1 0-0 2, Parks 1 1-4 3, Boyer 6(2) 3-3 17, Granger 1 0-1 2. Totals — 15(7) 11-16 48.

Mor 14 8 19 19 = 60

LC 8 16 13 11 = 48

Total Fouls – Morenci 15, LC 18. Fouled Out – Granger (LC). Technical Fouls – None.

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