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WL Western regains its footing in overtime to emerge with win over WL Northern WITH PHOTO GALLERY

  • Walled Lake Northern hosted Walled Lake Western for a KLAA North Division boys basketball game on Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Walled Lake Northern hosted Walled Lake Western for a KLAA North Division boys basketball game on Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Walled Lake Northern hosted Walled Lake Western for a KLAA North Division boys basketball game on Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Walled Lake Northern hosted Walled Lake Western for a KLAA North Division boys basketball game on Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Walled Lake Northern hosted Walled Lake Western for a KLAA North Division boys basketball game on Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Walled Lake Northern hosted Walled Lake Western for a KLAA North Division boys basketball game on Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Walled Lake Northern hosted Walled Lake Western for a KLAA North Division boys basketball game on Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Walled Lake Northern hosted Walled Lake Western for a KLAA North Division boys basketball game on Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Walled Lake Northern hosted Walled Lake Western for a KLAA North Division boys basketball game on Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Walled Lake Northern hosted Walled Lake Western for a KLAA North Division boys basketball game on Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Walled Lake Northern hosted Walled Lake Western for a KLAA North Division boys basketball game on Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Walled Lake Northern hosted Walled Lake Western for a KLAA North Division boys basketball game on Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Walled Lake Northern hosted Walled Lake Western for a KLAA North Division boys basketball game on Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Walled Lake Northern hosted Walled Lake Western for a KLAA North Division boys basketball game on Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Walled Lake Northern hosted Walled Lake Western for a KLAA North Division boys basketball game on Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Walled Lake Northern hosted Walled Lake Western for a KLAA North Division boys basketball game on Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Walled Lake Northern hosted Walled Lake Western for a KLAA North Division boys basketball game on Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Walled Lake Northern hosted Walled Lake Western for a KLAA North Division boys basketball game on Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Walled Lake Northern hosted Walled Lake Western for a KLAA North Division boys basketball game on Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Walled Lake Northern hosted Walled Lake Western for a KLAA North Division boys basketball game on Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Walled Lake Northern hosted Walled Lake Western for a KLAA North Division boys basketball game on Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Walled Lake Northern hosted Walled Lake Western for a KLAA North Division boys basketball game on Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Walled Lake Northern hosted Walled Lake Western for a KLAA North Division boys basketball game on Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Walled Lake Northern hosted Walled Lake Western for a KLAA North Division boys basketball game on Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Walled Lake Northern hosted Walled Lake Western for a KLAA North Division boys basketball game on Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Walled Lake Northern hosted Walled Lake Western for a KLAA North Division boys basketball game on Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Walled Lake Northern hosted Walled Lake Western for a KLAA North Division boys basketball game on Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Walled Lake Northern hosted Walled Lake Western for a KLAA North Division boys basketball game on Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Walled Lake Northern hosted Walled Lake Western for a KLAA North Division boys basketball game on Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Walled Lake Northern hosted Walled Lake Western for a KLAA North Division boys basketball game on Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Walled Lake Northern hosted Walled Lake Western for a KLAA North Division boys basketball game on Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Walled Lake Northern hosted Walled Lake Western for a KLAA North Division boys basketball game on Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Walled Lake Northern hosted Walled Lake Western for a KLAA North Division boys basketball game on Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Walled Lake Northern hosted Walled Lake Western for a KLAA North Division boys basketball game on Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Walled Lake Northern hosted Walled Lake Western for a KLAA North Division boys basketball game on Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Walled Lake Northern hosted Walled Lake Western for a KLAA North Division boys basketball game on Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Walled Lake Northern hosted Walled Lake Western for a KLAA North Division boys basketball game on Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Walled Lake Northern hosted Walled Lake Western for a KLAA North Division boys basketball game on Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Walled Lake Northern hosted Walled Lake Western for a KLAA North Division boys basketball game on Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Walled Lake Northern hosted Walled Lake Western for a KLAA North Division boys basketball game on Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Walled Lake Northern hosted Walled Lake Western for a KLAA North Division boys basketball game on Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Walled Lake Northern hosted Walled Lake Western for a KLAA North Division boys basketball game on Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Walled Lake Northern hosted Walled Lake Western for a KLAA North Division boys basketball game on Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Walled Lake Northern hosted Walled Lake Western for a KLAA North Division boys basketball game on Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Walled Lake Northern hosted Walled Lake Western for a KLAA North Division boys basketball game on Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Walled Lake Northern hosted Walled Lake Western for a KLAA North Division boys basketball game on Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Walled Lake Northern hosted Walled Lake Western for a KLAA North Division boys basketball game on Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Walled Lake Northern hosted Walled Lake Western for a KLAA North Division boys basketball game on Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Walled Lake Northern hosted Walled Lake Western for a KLAA North Division boys basketball game on Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Walled Lake Northern hosted Walled Lake Western for a KLAA North Division boys basketball game on Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Walled Lake Northern hosted Walled Lake Western for a KLAA North Division boys basketball game on Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Walled Lake Northern hosted Walled Lake Western for a KLAA North Division boys basketball game on Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Walled Lake Northern hosted Walled Lake Western for a KLAA North Division boys basketball game on Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Walled Lake Northern hosted Walled Lake Western for a KLAA North Division boys basketball game on Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Walled Lake Northern hosted Walled Lake Western for a KLAA North Division boys basketball game on Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Walled Lake Northern hosted Walled Lake Western for a KLAA North Division boys basketball game on Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Walled Lake Northern hosted Walled Lake Western for a KLAA North Division boys basketball game on Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Walled Lake Northern hosted Walled Lake Western for a KLAA North Division boys basketball game on Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Walled Lake Northern hosted Walled Lake Western for a KLAA North Division boys basketball game on Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Walled Lake Northern hosted Walled Lake Western for a KLAA North Division boys basketball game on Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Walled Lake Northern hosted Walled Lake Western for a KLAA North Division boys basketball game on Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Walled Lake Northern hosted Walled Lake Western for a KLAA North Division boys basketball game on Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Walled Lake Northern hosted Walled Lake Western for a KLAA North Division boys basketball game on Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Walled Lake Northern hosted Walled Lake Western for a KLAA North Division boys basketball game on Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Walled Lake Northern hosted Walled Lake Western for a KLAA North Division boys basketball game on Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)

The Knights forced overtime with a tying basket to end regulation Tuesday.

COMMERCE TWP. — The first of what could be four cross-town clashes between Walled Lake Western and Walled Lake Northern this season did not disappoint Tuesday as the teams played to a frenetic finish.

On the heels of a fourth-quarter collapse that saw Northern tie the game at the very end of regulation, Western regained its composure in overtime to emerge with a 57-50 win, allowing just a single free throw to the Knights in the extra session.

The Warriors held a seven-point lead with just 1:01 to play in the fourth quarter, but five missed free throws in the closing minute left Northern with a glimmer of hope, which it seized.

The game-tying basket to force overtime came with just a couple ticks left on the clock as junior point guard Jalen Kelso drove the ball into the paint and dished a pass to teammate Ethan Ancick, who went up strong with a shot that fell.

“We knew that their bigs would step up on Jalen. He had had a great fourth quarter of his own, so the play was for him to get in there having our two bigs there at each block so he could dump it off to whichever one he saw,” Knights coach Ron Thompson said of the play that tied the game, 49-49.

Western found resolve before the start of overtime, however. A fastbreak layup by senior Delano Smith, who scored a game-high 29 points, put the Warriors in front for good with 1:43 remaining.

“Delano is our leader and one of our captains,” Western coach Dennis Butcher said. “He came into the huddle and said, ‘This is not going to happen. We’re going to take this overtime.’ He had his team ready. There were very few words from me. I saw the look on his face and knew we were ready to go. That’s a credit to our seniors.”

Northern committed four costly turnovers in overtime and was unable to recapture what worked during its comeback efforts.

“We made some very silly mistakes down the stretch,” Butcher said of being outscored 20-12 in the fourth quarter. “I’m not making any excuses. We haven’t really been in any of these situations in the late-game yet and until you experience them, you don’t know how players are going to act. All of the credit in the world to our guys to finish that game.”

Senior Cody White contributed 11 points, including three 3-pointers for Western (6-1, 2-0 KLAA North), while seniors Kam Ford and Greg Windom added eight and six points, respectively.

“That team that we just played can really defend,” Butcher said of Northern. “They made us turn it over and I have some pretty good basketball players that can handle the ball and handle pressure. They made us look pretty average. That’s a credit to them.”

For Northern (6-2, 1-1), Kelso totaled 16 points, Ancick recorded 13, and sophomores Troy Lattimore and Spencer Brown added 10 and eight points, respectively.

“Our guys didn’t stop. I was really proud of the effort. We did some different things defensively and they happened to work,” Thompson said of the comeback. “Fortunately we got some turnovers and easy baskets, but I think we ran out of gas at the end of the fourth quarter.”

The two teams will meet again in three weeks on Jan. 31, with additional meetings likely in the KLAA Tournament and district playoffs.

Both teams will be back in action Friday with Western hosting Walled Lake Central and Northern welcoming in Waterford Kettering.

Last Updated: 1/10/2017 9:54:53 PM EST


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