By Joseph Hayes
They are moving on.
Every victory is a huge accomplishment when you get to the postseason.
For the Marine City Cardinal Mooney and Croswell-Lexington boys basketball teams, those accomplishments appear to be growing by the week.
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Last week the programs celebrated district championships. This week, they are hoping their list of accomplishments grow to regional titles.
On Tuesday, both programs grew closer to their ultimate goal of securing a state championship by earning impressive regional semifinal victories.
Croswell-Lexington defeated Goodrich, 51-27, to advance to Thursday’s Division 2 regional final.
The Pioneers relied on their defense and experience in the victory.
Cros-Lex only surrendered two points in the second quarter and then kept Goodrich scoreless for nearly four minutes in the third quarter.
The Pioneers 21-0 run during that span allowed them to take an advantage that helped them move on to Thursday’s regional final, where they will host Notre Dame Prep at 7 p.m in Croswell-Lexington.
Notre Dame Prep advanced by defeating New Haven, 55-49, in the other regional.
Tyler Johnson scored 12 points on Tuesday to pace the Pioneers (18-0), while Hunter Soper added 11 points and Saige Slanec scored 10 points.
Meanwhile, the Cardinal Mooney boys basketball team was also progressing within the tournament at Southfield Christian.
In a Division 4 regional final, Cardinal Mooney defeated Flint International, 53-45, to advance to face the host school in the regional final.
Trent Rice scored 19 points to pace Cardinal Mooney and Larry DeDalis added 14 points and 13 rebounds.
Kevin Everhart meanwhile had seven points, seven assists and six rebounds for Cardinal Mooney in the victory.
“We were down five (at halftime) and in the third quarter we outscored them 18-5,” Cardinal Mooney coach Mike McAndrews said. “Our defense in that quarter was the difference in the game.”
McAndrews said the effort and hard work of his team continues to make him more proud by the day.
“I am so proud of our effort and how resilient our kids are no matter the circumstances,” McAndrews said. “We just keep competing.
“When you play hard in this game all the time good things happen. We will enjoy the opportunity to prepare for Southfield Christian and playing in a sweet sixteen game.”
Cardinal Mooney (10-7) will now advance to face host Southfield Christian at 7 p.m. Thursday.
Southfield Christian advanced with a 59-50 overtime victory over Clarkston Everest.