Two MSU recruits battle for state title

One MSU recruit will go home with a state title, while the other will be left feeling empty. Detroit Deporres (26-1) will take on Flint Beecher (22-5)on Saturday at noon in the Class C state final.

Brandon Cotton scored 25 points to help lead DePorres to a 56-48 victory over Ispheming Westwood in one Class C semifinal game at Breslin Center.

In the other semifinal game, Marquise Gray scored 16 points and grabbed 16 rebounds to help Flint Beecher to 68-63 win over previously undefeated Hanover-Horton.

Cotton struggled with his shot in the first half, but got it going in the second half, hitting 7-of-9 from the field to led the No. 1-ranked Eagles into the championship game.

The 6-foot-8 Gray was simply too much for the No. 2-ranked Comets to overcome as Beecher pulled away in the fourth quarter to end Hanover-Horton's perfect season. For Beecher it was the second time they have knocked off an undefeated squad in the tournament run. The Buccaneers also defeated Pewamo-Westphalia in regional play.

Cotton, a senior, would like to end his high school career on a high note in the arena that he will call home next year, but Gray and his Buccaneer teammates aren't about to lay down.

Gray, a junior, has been an intregal part of the Buccaneers turnaround season and would like no better than to showcase his skills to the crowd in East Lansing.

Other News:

Drew Neitzel, a junior guard for Wyoming Park who verballed to MSU, was named to the Class B All-State team by the Associated Press.

The Vikings finished the season strong, before meeting up with Grand Rapids South Christian in the district semifinals. The Sailors will be taking on Corunna today in the Class B semifinal

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