EAST LANSING – After a heartbreaking 53-52 semifinal loss to Morenci last season in the Class D semifinals, Thursday was all business for the three seniors who led Waterford Our Lady of the Lakes to a 64-53 victory over Wyoming Tri-unity Christian at the Breslin Center.
“Absolutely,” said Devin Senerius, who along with Clay Senerius posted a double-double for the Lakers. “We weren’t expected to be here. Last year, we were expected to win. We weren’t expected to go this far. The young guys just followed our lead. We knew it would have to be defense to get us to the final.”
Down, 50-47, the Lakers went on a 17-3 run, starting with three straight turnovers to start the spurt.
The Senerius brothers combined for 28 points, 22 rebounds and shot 13-for-22 from the floor.
The youngster who has gained the most is freshman Noah Robak, Lakes coach Paul Robak’s nephew. He hit a couple of threes during the spurt and finished with 12 points.
The Senerius brothers along with Issac Oliver were on the Division 8 football team that lost, 7-0, to Muskegon Catholic Central at Ford Field in November.
A basketball championship would do just fine.
ENJOYING THE RIDE: Jason Whitens is enjoying a ride to a possible second state title.
The Powers North Central junior scored as many points as Fulton in a 64-23 semifinal win Thursday.
“We’re more experienced, so we’re looking at it more as a business trip,” said Whitens, who was a star in last year’s championship run. “We’re having fun, but we’re here to get the job done.
“We keep everything within ourselves. We focus on what we need to do. We focus in on how we can get better and how we can win games.”
One of the games was a 113-25 victory over Wilson Nah Tah Wahsh, a small Indian reservation school that plays in a different league. The team has the option to play in the regular district or not. This time they chose to take on the defending Class D champions, whose starters only played about 11/2 quarters.
“They’re a young team and I give those guys a lot of credit,” said Whitens. “They decided they wanted to play and they work hard.”
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