Clinton Township — New Haven turned up the heat with full-court pressure early in the fourth quarter to en route to a 66-52 victory over Chippewa Valley and open up the Macomb Area Conference White/Red tournament Thursday night.
New Haven — 16-1 and ranked No. 3 in The Detroit News Super 20 rankings — forced five turnovers during a two-minute stretch to spark a 9-0 run to open up a 53-43 lead with 5:54 left after Chippewa Valley junior guard Myren Harris got hot from the perimeter.
Harris scored 16 in the third quarter, making four three-pointers, to turn a 29-21 halftime deficit into a 40-39 lead heading into the fourth.
Chippewa Valley (7-8) had upset on its mind, and Harris was knocking down 3-pointers when he hit another to pull his team within 44-43 with 7:10 left.
But then New Haven guard Ronald Jeffery III made a 3-pointer and the fullcourt pressure followed, forcing turnover after turnover after turnover and turning them into points with back-to-back dunks by Mr. Basketball front-runner Romeo Weems pushing the lead to 10.
“That’s what we should have been doing the whole game, I feel like we should have been pressuring them,” said Weems, who signed with DePaul and scored 17, 12 under his average. “We started off pressuring them and we did really well and then we stopped pressuring and they got close. When we put the pressure on we take off.”
Jeffery scored 18, joining Trenell Payne by making 3-pointers during a 10-0 run to open the game. Payne finished with 14 points for New Haven which will play a MAC White/Red semifinal game Tuesday night with the title game set for 5 p.m. Feb. 16 at Sterling Heights Stevenson.
“We didn’t play great, but we knew we had to step up in the fourth quarter and our defense got the job done,” said New Haven coach Tedaro France.
New Haven outscored Chippewa Valley 27-12 during the fourth quarter with four players making 3-pointers. New Haven was 9-of-21 from deep range.
Harris scored 27 for Chippewa Valley, 21 coming in the second half. He made 10-of-20 shots from the field, including 6-of-13 3-pointers.
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