Lansing Catholic Wins Class B Boys Basketball State Title Over Flint Powers

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EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- Max Gover didn't want to end his career with a 1-for-7 night.
That's why the Lansing Catholic senior didn't hesitate before the biggest shot of his life -- a jumper with 13 seconds left that gave the Cougars a 53-52 win over Flint Powers Catholic in the Class B championship game Saturday night.
"I knew I was having a horrible game, and I had to do something to make up for it," he said. "I don't think it has hit me yet -- I just hit a shot to win the state championship."
Lansing Catholic coach Darren Zwick said Gover claimed to have been planning his heroics all night.
"He said he was saving himself for that shot," Zwick said. "He didn't want to use up his good ones before we needed it."
Michael Repovz, who missed much of the season after a knee injury sustained during football season, led Lansing Catholic (23-4) with 18 points.
"I thought I might be able to make it back this season and help out some on defense," he said. "I never imagined that I'd be able to play this big a part in something like this."
Shane Moreland had 19 points for the Chargers (20-8), while his older brother Tyler had 14. Powers Catholic was just 13-7 in the regular season before an improbable Michigan High School Athletic Association postseason run.
"Everyone called us a Cinderella team, but we didn't quite make it," said Chargers coach Tim Herman. "That was a great game, but it is a tough finish for us."
Gover and Michael Murray scored the first four points of the fourth, tying the game at 44 with 4:28 left. Murray put the Cougars ahead seconds later, but Shane Moreland scored Powers' first points of the period to make it 46-46.
Lansing Catholic went back ahead, but the Moreland brothers combined for six points in 25 seconds to give Powers Catholic a 52-48 lead with 2:20 to play.
The Cougars, though, came back to tie the game again, helped by Tyler Moreland missing the front end of a one-and-one.
Patrick O'Brien's free throw put the Chargers up 53-52, and Shane Moreland's steal forced a foul. He missed both shots, setting up Gover's game-winner.
"It got a little chaotic there at the end, but we knew it was going to come down to someone making a basket," Zwick said.
Powers Catholic missed four of its five free-throw attempts in the final 1:22.
"We shot 70 percent-plus for the year, but we couldn't knock those free throws down when we needed them," Herman said. "It's just one of those things that happens to you."
Powers Catholic called time out to set up a final shot, but O'Brien missed from the top of the key as time expired.
"We've worked on that play all year, and Patty almost always hits that shot," Herman said. "Tonight just wasn't our night."
Lansing Catholic's win, combined with the Class C title won by Kalamazoo Christian and Muskegon Western Michigan Christian's championship in Class D, gave parochial schools three titles for the first time since 1974.
Also, with Saginaw winning in Class A, the Detroit are did not have a champion for the first time since 1957.
The three days of action at the Breslin Center -- two days of semifinals and Saturday's championship games -- drew a combined 56,452 fans, the lowest total since the event moved to East Lansing in 1994.

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