By DOUG DONNELLY
EAST LANSING — Morenci will be in unchartered territory today when the Bulldogs play in the Class D state semifinals at the Breslin Center on the campus of Michigan State University.
MSU will play Waterford Our Lady of the Lakes at 6 p.m. tonight.
The other semifinal has Fulton (21-4) taking on Powers North Central (25-0).
Morenci won its first Regional Title since 1954 last week and won its first-ever quarterfinal game Tuesday when it beat Wyoming Tri-Unity Christian.
Waterford is led by Nick Robak who this week was named to the Michigan Associated Press Class D First Team All-State basketball team.
BankHoops.com named Robak its Class D Player of the Year.
“While his scoring stats may not be as gaudy as others in the division, it’s the Ws that cement Class D MVP honors for Robak,” BankHoops’ Steve Bell wrote. “Detroit Catholic League champion and state quarterfinalist Waterford Lakes is one of just two undefeated teams left along with North Central. And it’s not like Robak couldn’t put the ball in the hole, he’s scoring 23 points per game along with averages of 7 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 2.5 steals and 1 block.”
Morenci is led by Austin Sandusky (14.0 ppg.) and Alex Thomas (11 ppg).
The 23-2 Bulldogs are the first TCC boys basketball team to play at the Breslin Center.
The last time a TCC team made it to the state semifinals was 1992 when Sand Creek marched into the Class D finals. The semifinal and final were played at The Palace of Auburn Hills. When Ann Arbor St. Thomas played in the state finals in 1974, the game was played in Jenison Fieldhouse at Michigan State University.