Detroit Henry Ford dispatches New Haven to advance in Class B

Connor Muldowney
Special to The Detroit News

St. Clair Shores — New Haven and Detroit Henry Ford met for the second straight season in the Class B quarterfinals, and Ford came out on top again, this time 60-42 on Tuesday.

Henry Ford won last year’s game, 61-55, and reached the state final, where it lost to Wyoming Godwin Heights. It takes on Williamston in Friday’s semifinals at Breslin Center.

Henry Ford used a 22-7 run to lead 32-17 at halftime.

New Haven coach Tedaro France II knew he had to increase the pressure on Henry Ford if his team had a chance to get into the game.

“We came out kind of slow,” France said. “I knew they had some tough guards. We had our game plan down, but (Henry Ford) made some shots, so they made us come out and play.”

New Haven opened the second half with more defensive pressure, but Ford point guard James Towns knew he was wearing New Haven down.

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“Our game plan was defense, speed (New Haven) up,” Towns said. “They don’t like pressure so our coach just told us to run and jump and that’s what we did, and executed. We gassed (New Haven) out. They were frustrated.”

Towns scored 14 to lead Ford (18-6), Kavon Bey added 13 and Deanta Ulmer 12, including three 3-pointers to put the game away in the fourth quarter.

Ford coach Kenneth Flowers said there’s a difference between this year’s team and last year: “Cohesiveness.”

Freshman Romeo Weems led New Haven (22-3) with 15 points.