- Associated Press - Saturday, March 26, 2016

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Kenneth Flowers spent a long time wondering if he’d ever get to hoist a championship trophy at the Breslin Center.

Saturday, he answered that question.

Fourteen years after his first title-game loss, Flowers and Detroit Henry Ford beat Stevensville Lakeshore 61-47 in the Class B title game Saturday.

Flowers had lost Class A championship games with Detroit Redford in 2002 and 2007, then came up short again last season with Henry Ford.

“I didn’t want to end up like the coach of the Buffalo Bills and go zero-for-four in title games,” an emotional Flowers said after the game. “Luckily, these kids went out there and made sure that we’re taking home the big trophy.”

Jeremy Crawley led the Trojans with 18 points, while James Towns had 15.

“We’ve been in the gym working for this ever since we lost last season,” Towns said. “When you get here and you lose in the championship game, it is like you lost everything you did that season. We didn’t want to feel that way again.

Henry Ford (20-6) led only 11-10 after the first quarter, but outscored the Lancers 16-3 in the second quarter. Lakeshore (20-8) missed five of six shots in the period and turned the ball over five times.

“I don’t think we were ready for the physicality of the game in the first half, and it put us in a hole,” Lakeshore coach Sean Schroeder said.

The margin let the Trojans slow the game down in the third quarter. The Henry Ford guards started holding the ball at midcourt until the Lancers sent two players out to trap. At that point, the Trojans were usually able to make quick passes to get a basket or a foul.

Lakeshore adjusted, and pulled within 34-28 at the end of the third. The Trojans, though, hit back-to-back 3-pointers early in the fourth to go ahead 42-30.

“That was the biggest moment of the game,” Schroeder said. “There was a loose ball, and if we come up with it, we’ve got a chance to get within four. Instead, they get the ball and hit a three, we miss and they hit another three. That killed all of our momentum.”

That, combined with the slow pace, forced the Lancers to start fouling, and Henry Ford iced the game from the line.

Senior Braden Burke led the Lancers with 19 points.

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