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Cougars defeat Clarkston 68-66

Dakota’s Steven Marshall is known by his teammates for his ability to attack to the basket.

He showed why in the second overtime against Clarkston, Monday night.

Marshall drove hard to the basket before dishing off a pass to Chris Magee, who was cutting to the lane, for an uncontested layup with six seconds left to hand the Cougars a 68-66 win over the Wolves in a Class A regional semifinal.

“He’s been attacking the basket all year, he’s great at it,” Magee said. “He gave it to me and it was an easy finish. It was just our players making plays.”

Clarkston, which didn’t have a timeout left, got off a contested desperation shot at the buzzer that came up short.

“The only thing that was in my head was how everyone was saying that we couldn’t get Clarkston,” Marshall said. “I just knew for a fact that my defender couldn’t check me so I took him off the dribble, my teammate cut to the hole as usual, we know each other like brothers, I passed it to him and he completed it. We won the game. All I know is Dakota beat Clarkston, that’s it.”

The win was the Cougars (24-0) second over the Wolves this season after losing to them in a regional final a year ago.

“This feels good,” Dakota coach Paul Tocco said. “That’s a great team. We just beat a great, disciplined basketball team. I think we took another step for our program.”

The game-winning layup wasn’t the first play Dakota had drawn up in a timeout with 32.8 seconds left.


The Cougars’ first option was a pick-and-roll with Thomas Kithier (20 points, 12 rebounds, five blocks) and Jermaine Jackson Jr. (25 points) with about eight seconds left.

“We said if it wasn’t there to attack,” Tocco said. “We made the extra pass like we’ve done all year and we get a layup for a guy you’d never expect to hit the game-winning shot.”

Magee had just four points in the game.

“He (Magee) never complains about playing time, he just does his job,” Tocco said. “Because of injuries and foul trouble he was in the spotlight tonight. He came through. We play eight or nine guys and I tell them all they can be in a situation where they can win it for us.”

Marshall finished with 18 points, five assists and five rebounds.

“We’ve preached being unselfish with the basketball all year,” Tocco said. “I’m just very proud we executed the way we had to down the stretch."

The Wolves (20-3) got 27 points from Foster Loyer, 12 out of Mitch Heaton and 11 from Dylan Alderson. Tabin Throgmorton chipped in nine points.

“They back cut us for a layup,” Clarkston coach Dan Fife said. “They back cut it before. We talked about it during our timeout. Kids are kids, they get nervous. That kid was playing a pitch to the wall, jabbing at him and then the kid wasn’t there. He back cut him. It just happened. It was one of those things. The kid made a good play, good pass, good bucket.

“That was a heck of a ball game,” Fife added. “It was just two teams playing their butts off and things happen like this.”

Dakota will play Rochester Adams at 6 p.m., Wednesday, for the regional championship. Adams defeated Ortonville-Brandon 47-38 in the first game Monday night.

Last Updated: 3/14/2016 10:41:37 PM EST