Bloomfield Hills — Yante Maten had his moments on Tuesday for Bloomfield Hills. But he ran into foul difficulty and Armand Cartwight and Khalil Gracey stepped up and filled that rather huge void.
Cartwright had 24 points and Gracey 19 as Bloomfield Hills defeated Clarkston 74-62 at Bloomfield Hills to move into a tie for first place in the Oakland Activities Association Red Division.
Bloomfield Hills (10-1, 5-1) is ranked No. 7 in Class A and No. 4 Clarkston fell to 8-2, 5-1.
It’s the first time a public school from Bloomfield Hills has defeated Clarkston. Andover and Lahser merged to form a new high school this school year.
“Clarkston is always at the top of the hill,” Cartwright said. “We wanted to be No. 1. It is a big game. It’s great to see all of these people here.”
The great majority of the games in Metro Detroit were cancelled, and several OAA coaches and fans made the trek to watch two of Oakland County’s best.
Maten, a 6-foot-8, 235-pound senior, is one of the state’s best and he had six points, five rebounds and two blocks to power his team to a 16-13 lead after the first quarter.
Maten, who was tagged with his second foul with 2:08 left in the second and his third with 2:10 left in the third, played tentatively in stretches. He didn’t attempt a shot in the fourth quarter and went to the bench for three minutes after receiving his fourth foul with 6:24 left.
Still, Maten was a force as he finished with 13 points, 13 rebounds and six blocks.
“Kids like Armand, Cameron (Dalton) and Khalil all stepped up,” Bloomfield Hills coach Duane Graves said. “A lot of our kids have the green light and Cameron is one. Armand is clutch. He’s always been clutch. He’s mature beyond his years.”
When Clarkston closed to 35-28 on a basket by Mike Nicholson, Cartwright made a 3-pointer to push the lead to 10 with 5:39 left in the third.
Alex Trim made two free throws with 6:58 remaining and Clarkston was within 47-44. Cartwright then made a 3-pointer and fed Gracey for a dunk, and the lead was back to eight with 5:43 left.
A Nicholson free throw cut Bloomfield Hills’ lead to 52-46 but Dalton made three 3-pointers over the next 3:30 to keep Clarkston at bay.
Clarkston had an off night shooting as it made just 13-of-27 from the free throw line and 21-for-65 from the field.
Bloomfield Hills was 22-for-28 from the line.
Tabin Throgmorton led Clarkston with 15 points and Merrick Canada had 14.
“Our kids looked disoriented all game,” Clarkston coach Dan Fife said.
“I don’t think we adjusted mentally. And we were just terrible from the line.”
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Inkster Peterson-Warren Academy 48, Frontier International Academy 38: James Carter had 14 points and Donovan Baxter had 11 points for Peterson (4-1). Mohammed Mulaki had 13 points for Frontier.
Mount Clemens 77, Warren Woods Tower 60: Josh McFoley had 16 points and Charles Penn 13 points and 12 rebounds for Mount Clemens (12-0). Dewuan Frazier had 17 points for Woods Tower.
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Allen Park Inter-City Baptist 30, Oakland Christian Academy 23: Alyssa Saenz had 10 points for Inter-City Baptist (6-6).
Madison Heights Bishop Foley 6, Airport Flat Rock 3: David Halvorson scored two goals and Nick Garberz had three assists to lead Bishop Foley (5-11-1).
Detroit News staff contributed.