Ypsilanti gets revenge over Romulus

Al Willman
Special to The Detroit News

Gibraltar — Ypsilanti redeemed itself Wednesday night with a 63-58 win over Romulus in the Class A Region 3 boys basketball final, a little over a year after having its season ended by the same team.

Romulus won 60-53 on March 12, 2014.

Jamezell Davis had 15 points to lead Ypsilanti (19-4). Corey Allen added 12.

Ypsilanti coach Steve Brooks said the win was good for his team, but the trophy is just that — a trophy.

"All a trophy is is a memory stuck in time," he said. "When you get (to be) 35 years old and you're in BW3's (Buffalo Wild Wings), that's where the trophy and the medal is. You can lie and tell everybody you scored 60."

"I just feel really good for the kids."

The score was tied at 19 after one quarter, and Ypsilanti led 32-30 at the end of the first half. No team scored for the first 3:50 of the third quarter.

Ypsilanti had the largest lead of the game for either team with 3:50 left in the fourth quarter — seven points, 55-48. Romulus' largest lead was five (26-21 with 4:30 left in the first half).

"They beat us," Romulus coach Jerret Smith said. "Flat out, they beat us. I'm not going to make excuses. That's a great team that beat us."

Davis was excited about his team's win.

"I've been dreaming about it," he said. "All day, all week. I didn't really know what to do. I was just screaming."

Smith spoke plainly about the game – despite strong individual performances from Rio Washington and Jaylin Walker, who each scored 17 points to lead Romulus (18-6).

"I'm not going to make excuses," Smith said. "We've got to get everything right when we want to win a state championship."

Ypsilanti advances to take on Detroit Western at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Calihan Hall.