Detroit — West Bloomfield will take its Cinderella run to the Breslin Center this weekend for a shot at the Class A state championship.
West Bloomfield (17-8) made sure of that with a dominating 80-43 state quarterfinal win over Troy Tuesday night at Calihan Hall.
Now, West Bloomfield will face OAA Red-rival Clarkston for a spot in the state championship game Friday at 1. It will be West Bloomfield’s first Final Four appearance since 2003 when it lost to Flint Carman-Ainsworth in a semifinal.
West Bloomfield senior guard Kevin McAdoo continued his strong play with a 21-point outing, being a part of a 3-point shooting show.
West Bloomfield had three players – McAdoo (three), Tre Harvey (three) and Tyler Davis (four) – combine for 10 3-pointers, including four in the opening quarter to take an 18-11 lead.
West Bloomfield extended the lead to 10 (34-24) at halftime with McAdoo accounting for 17, including a 3-pointer from the top of the key as time expired.
West Bloomfield left no doubt in the third, using a 20-2 quarter to open up a 54-26 cushion with Davis making three 3-pointers and Troy (21-5) going scoreless until the final minute of the quarter.
“We had confidence, no butterflies or nothing like that and that confidence transferred into our play and we were able to get that quick lead,” McAdoo said. “Those threes (in first quarter) were important because Troy loves to sit in that 2-3 and we knew we had to shoot the ball well and we hit a couple early and after that we kept it going.”
And, of playing at Breslin, McAdoo replied: “It’s great. I haven’t had a successful career yet, haven’t gone far in the playoffs and to get to Breslin my senior year, I’m excited.”
Davis scored 17 and Harvey, 16 for West Bloomfield.
“I think that’s what we thought we could do all year,” said West Bloomfield coach Jeremy Denha of his team’s 3-point shooting. “Tyler from the get-go, we thought he was going to be that guy that we saw tonight. It was just special tonight, special.
“Through the regionals we had bad third quarters. Our message at the half was ‘there’s no letdown now.’ It was a 10-point game, but we thought it should have been a 20-point game at the half and we couldn’t give up another one of those quarters. We just couldn’t.”
And, West Bloomfield didn’t, leading to the one-sided win and the ticket being punched to the Breslin.