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Newaygo pulls away late to beat Country Day, advance to state final

Emmerson Goodin led the Lions with 15 points
Posted at 7:34 PM, Apr 07, 2021
and last updated 2021-04-07 23:18:32-04
Newaygo 55, Country Day 39

Newaygo outscored Detroit Country Day 16-5 in the final quarter of its division two state semifinal on Wednesday at Van Andel Arena to beat the Yellowjackets 55-39 and advance to the state championship game.

Emmerson Goodin led the Lions charge with 15 points and 9 rebounds, Jaxi Long added 12 and Jaylee Long 11.

"Definitely this is the way to go out," Jaylee Long said. "I'm really happy about this opportunity especially since last year we weren't able to finish so it is kind of crazy."

The Lions will get a rematch in the state championship game with Portland, the only team it lost to this season.

"This is a once in a lifetime moment this doesn't come around, I don't care if you are a traditional power or not this is not easy to do," head coach Nate Thomasma said. "Sometimes you have to win not playing your best, sometimes you win playing your best. These guys have that mindset, that championship mindset ."

Friday's game is set to begin at 5:30 p.m..