Throwback Thursday: Cedarville’s First State Title

MISportsNow’s Throwback Thursday is looking back at northern Michigan’s greatest games, from buzzer beaters to state finals. This marks the second in the biweekly series.

Led by longtime coach Dave Duncan, the Cedarville boys basketball team capped off a perfect 26-0 season by capturing its first state championship with a 77-74 win over defending state champion Wyoming Tri-unity Christian in the 2007 MHSAA Class D state title game.

After runner-up finishes in the 1944 Class E title game and the 1946 Upper Peninsula Class D game, Cedarville finally broke through in the 2006-07 season.

C.J. Paquin was one of four Trojans to finish in double figures against Tri-unity Christian, scoring 27 points in 23 minutes. Matt Hansen, Jason Duncan and Jordan Duncan all scored in double figures for Cedarville, which held a 19-16 lead after one quarter and extended its lead to 45-32 at the half. Paquin and Jason Duncan combined to score 26 points in the opening half.

Prior to the title game, Cedarville pulled off a thrilling 58-55 win over previously undefeated Bellaire. With a district title in hand, the Trojans made quick work of Engadine (85-50) and Posen (106-66) in the regional round before punching their ticket to Michigan State’s Breslin Center with a 60-47 win over Crystal Falls Forest Park in a quarterfinal.

Cedarville would go on to finish runner-up in the 2009 Class D title game, falling 62-61 to Muskegon Western Michigan Christian.

Coach Duncan would call it a career following the 2014-15 season, but not before amassing more than 400 wins and 16 district championships.

Categories: Boys Basketball