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March 3, 2014

Buzzer beater lifts South Lake boys hoops past Clintondale in district quarterfinal

Cavaliers get first win in three tries over Dragons

By Jason Carmel Davis
C & G Sports Writer

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The St. Clair Shores South Lake boys basketball team upended Clinton Township Clintondale 74-73 in a 2014 MHSAA Class B district quarterfinal. Pictured is Cavaliers junior ParaShaun Cunegin during the March 3 playoff game.

WARREN — A layup at the buzzer by St. Clair Shores South Lake junior Jeremy Wright pushed the Cavaliers into the 2014 Michigan High School Athletic Association Class B district semifinals after a strong fourth quarter lifted the Cavs over Clinton Township Clintondale 74-73.

The game took place March 3 at Center Line High. The Cavaliers advance to take on Center Line in a Class B district semi set for 6 p.m. March 5 at Center Line.

The game-winning play came after Clintondale senior Todd Moore nailed two free throws to put the Dragons ahead 73-72 with 5.5 seconds left in the game. South Lake senior Justin Navarra drove the length of the floor before finding Wright for the winning bucket.

"I thought Navarra would take it all of the way," said South Lake coach Kurt Wilson, whose team improved to 13-8 with the win. "He found (Wright) at the right time."

The Cavs, which lost two regular-season meetings to Clintondale (16-5) by an average of 13 points per game, were down 19-10 after the first quarter. South Lake outscored the Dragons 64-54 the rest of the way to pick up the win.

"I talked to the team after the first quarter and that was when we started playing better," Wilson said. "I know it's said all the time, but it really is tough to beat a team three times in one season, and I'm glad we were able to come out with a win tonight."

Wright led the Cavs with 19 points, including South Lake's last five points. 

Junior Dominick Hallums led Clintondale with 21 points.

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