As the ball sailed through the air, it looked like the Lakers might reclaim the lead in Wednesday’s Class B regional final against Godwin Heights.
But Keegan George’s 3-pointer rimmed out, leaving the Lakers trailing 41-39 — unable to overcome what had been as high as a 12-point deficit.
The Wolverines scored the game’s next seven points, and hit their free throws down the stretch, securing the regional championship with a 63-50 win.
“I felt like it was going to go in,” George said. “My shot wasn’t falling tonight …. I looked good, but some shots just don’t fall down.”
Spring Lake raced out to a 6-0 lead against the heavily favored, undefeated and No. 1-ranked Wolverines on Wednesday, and the Lakers led for a majority of the first quarter of a rematch. Godwin Heights won at Spring Lake back on Feb. 5 by nearly the same score, 65-50.
With about a minute to play in the opening quarter, the Wolverines’ Markese Mayfield stripped a Lakers’ ballhandler. The tallest member of Godwin Heights’ three-headed monster missed the layup on the other end, but got a putback off his own miss to give the Wolverines their first lead at 12-11.
It was a preview of what was to come in the second quarter.
The Wolverines outscored the Lakers 16-6 in the second to take a 28-17 lead into halftime.
“Our halfcourt defense was good, but you don’t have any defense for an unanswered layup,” said Lakers’ coach Bill Core, whose team finished with an 18-7 record.
Spring Lake turned the ball over 11 times in the opening half.
“They had by far the best defense we’ve played,” said George, who finished with 13 points. “Their press is insane. … You’ve got to have great passes to get around it.”
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