EAST LANSING – Detroit Henry Ford was trying to make it a perfect day for the Detroit Public School League.
Two games, two state basketball titles Saturday at the Breslin Center. But its opponent, Wyoming Godwin Heights, was more than up to the challenge after knocking off Class B No. 1 Milan on Friday night.
The big “G” on the Wolverines’ warm-up shirts stood for good.
Already mad about being snubbed on the Associated Press Class B all-state team, the second-ranked Wolverines (26-1) took it out on Henry Ford for their first state title in basketball.
They ran the Trojans off the floor in the first half and captured the crown with an easier than expected 85-68 victory.
They dunked, hit threes and forced the Trojans into a myriad of turnovers and completely controlled the tempo of the game.
Godwin Heights never took its foot off the pedal, shooting 48.3% from the field and 66.7% from the three-point line.
“I don’t think I’ve ever seen a high school team shoot the ball like that at the Breslin,” coach Ken Flowers said. “Those boys shot the ball very well, like they didn’t miss a shot. They all shot the ball well. The crazy part about it they didn’t shoot the ball that well (Friday).”
Godwin Heights’ Delaney Blaylock was spectacular with two lob dunks and finished the night with 19 points and 10 rebounds.
“I didn’t want to be just satisfied being in the state championship game, I wanted to win it,” Blaylock said. “I got up at 6 o’clock every morning. Everything was about working hard in practice and do it in the game.”
Freshman Lamar Norman came off the bench for 17 points, Leon Redd and Michael Williams had 13 each, and Richard Major added 12.
Joshua Davis had 16 and James Towns 15 for the Trojans.
“We put a lot of work in to get to this point,” Davis said. “It hurts.”
The Wolverines came out smoking, making four triples and scoring 20 of the game’s first 28 points, putting the Trojans in a huge hole.
Godwin Heights shot 57.1% from the three-point line and led, 25-12, after one.
The Wolverines took Towns out of the game by hounding him full-court.
“We wanted to pressure him and get him off the spots he liked,” first-year coach Tyler Whittemore said. “Our defensive pressure is what got us here. Delaney Blaylock is one of the best players in the state. He handles his business on the offensive and defensive end.”
Even with Williams on the bench with two fouls, Godwin Heights surged to a 35-15 lead on a three-pointer by Redd.
The highlight of the half was a lob dunk by Blaylock that made it 43-20.
Norman emerged from the bench and lit up the Trojans for 12 points in the second quarter as the Wolverines shot 54.8% from the field, including 72.7% from the three-point line in racing to a 50-29 halftime lead.
“Lamar’s not afraid of the big moment,” Whittemore said.
Neither were his teammates.