EAST LANSING, Mich. (WOOD) — Unity Christian used a 19-6 third quarter run to take control and eventually defeat River Rouge 58-55 in the Division 2 state championship game at the Breslin Center on Saturday night.
The game was tied 28-28 at halftime before the Crusaders outscored River Rouge by 13 points in the third quarter.
River Rouge pulled to within three points with just under 30 seconds to play.
Ryan Takens hit a pair of free throws to push the lead back to five at 58-53.
River Rouge’s next possession resulted in a foul being called on Van Koevring during a three-point try. River Rouge converted two of the three free throws.
After Unity Christian committed a turnover on a double dribble, the Panthers took a timeout.
River Rouge got a pair of 3-pointers off in the final 12 seconds, but neither dropped.
Noah Wiswary missed a free throw with one second left but River Rouge’s three-quarter court desperation shot was off the mark.
Noah Wiswary had 17 points and T.J. Van Koevering added 13 points.
It’s the first boys basketball state championship in school history. The football team and soccer team won state titles in the fall.
Unity Christian finishes its season 25-2.