Madison advances to regional final

Madison is 1-1 against undefeated basketball teams over the past two weeks. Wednesday night, they’ll try for another.

The Trojans defeated Ann Arbor Greenhills 59-52 Monday in the opening night of the Class C Regional boys basketball tournament at Hudson. They will face 23-0 Monroe St. Mary Catholic Central at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the final. The winner advances to the quarterfinals next week.

The Trojans held a 15-point lead late in the third quarter Monday when Greenhills launched a comeback that pulled them to within 52-50 with just over two minutes left. A three-pointer on an in-bounds play from Jared Sloop made it 55-50, however, and the Trojans were able to hit free throws down the stretch to hold off the Gryphons.

Sloop finished with 12 points, Mando Damon 10, Donovan Slates 15 and Darien Zeluff 17. Both teams made eight 3-pointers in the game.

SMCC advanced to the final by eliminating Michigan Center 61-46. Michigan Center was 23-0 entering the game.

SMCC was ranked No. 3 in the final regular season Associated Press Class C poll.

Madison lost to 19-0 Hillsdale in the final regular season game of the season and defeated 20-0 Sand Creek to open districts.

Madison is 16-8. At one point this season, they suffered through a three-game losing streak and were  7-7.


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