EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Romulus is the state's Class A champion for the first time since 1986 after cruising 61-49 Saturday past Detroit Southeastern at the Breslin Center in East Lansing.
E.C. Matthews scored 20 points and had 10 rebounds for the Eagles, helping to wipe away past blemishes in the building that included a 1-point loss in last season's semifinals.
Romulus (27-1) never trailed Saturday and turned the game into a blowout with a 12-2 run midway through the third quarter. The Jungaleers (21-6) had a spurt in the final 90 seconds to make the final score respectable.
"We finally got this thing done," Romulus coach Nate Oats said.
In winning their 26th straight game, the Eagles scored the first seven points and had a double-digit lead early in the first period before taking a 28-20 lead to intermission.
They ran away in the third.
"One of our themes this year was to dominate," said Wesley Clark, who ended the game with 12 points and five steals. "That's what we went out and did."
Leonardo Matthews, who, along with Matthews and Clark, will play at a Division I university this fall, added 13 points and nine rebounds.
Jo'Vone Haynes had 16 points and six steals to lead Southeastern, which also got 10 points each from Daryl Bigham and Kwesi Williams.
"Poor offense leads to good offense for the other team," Jungaleers coach George Ward said. "In the second half, we looked a little bewildered."
The title-game loss was the second in three seasons for Southeastern, which fell to Kalamazoo Central in 2011.
Romulus lost in the semifinals in both 2009 and 2008, and was nipped in the 2005 state championship game. The school won the 1986 Class A crown behind former University of Michigan and Detroit Pistons star Terry Mills.
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