Country Day wins eighth state title

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — There's no Shane Battier or Chris Webber in the lineup at Beverly Hills Detroit Country Day, but this season's conclusion looked a lot like the ones the Yellowjackets enjoyed with those stars.

Austin Price scored 15 points Saturday evening and Country Day (25-3) held off Detroit Community for its eighth Class B state championship, 57-49. Price made a pair of free throws late in the third quarter to give his team the lead for good and the Yellowjackets' defense did the rest.

The Hurricanes managed just one field goal in the first seven minutes of the final period and never got closer than three points late in the game.

"We scored a lot of points this year, but we take pride in our defense," Yellowjackets coach Kurt Keener said.

Country Day usually scored in the 70s or 80s during this postseason but seemed right at home slogging up and down with a taller Community team. Even the tight score didn't bother them.

"There was really no anxiety or stress at all," Austin said.

Community came out shooting early but struggled to get good looks inside after intermission.

"They made it hard for us to get into our spots," said Jerrell Martin, who led the Hurricanes (18-10) with 13 points and eight rebounds.

"They did everything they could do to make us uncomfortable."

Community didn't help itself by going 5 for 11 from the line in the first half and missing several close shots. Country Day got 12 points from its reserves in the opening half and led 31-25 at intermission.

"If we made some layups and more free throws in the first half, it might have been a different game," Hurricanes coach Venias Jordan said.

Edmond Sumner added 13 points and Maurice Ways grabbed eight rebounds for Country Day, which won its first championship since 2010. The school, which won its first state title in Class C, now has nine trophies — second only to River Rouge's 14.

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