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Late free throw lifts Novi past Walled Lake Western in double-overtime thriller WITH PHOTO GALLERY

  • Novi's Jiovanni Miles (13) drives the lane past Walled Lake Western's Matt Forgace (15) during the MHSAA Class A regional semi-final played on Monday March 13, 2017 at Walled Lake Northern High School. Miles had a team high 19 points to help lead the Wildcats to a 72-71 double OT win over the Warriors. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • Walled Lake Western's Delano Smith had a game high 43 points but his Warriors lost to Novi 72-71 in double overtime. The MHSAA Class A regional semi-final was played on Monday March 13, 2017 at Walled Lake Northern High School. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Novi Wildcats defeated the Walled Lake Western Warriors 72-71 in double overtime in the MHSAA Class A regional semi-final played on Monday March 13, 2017 at Walled Lake Northern High School. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • Walled Lake Western's Delano Smith puts in two of his game high 43 points between Novi's Jiovanni Miles (L) and Traveon Maddox Jr. (2) during the MHSAA Class A regional semi-final played on Monday March 13, 2017 at Walled Lake Northern High School. The Warriors lost to the Wildcats 72-71 in double OT. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • Novi's Trendon Hankeson (1) is tightly defended by Walled Lake Western's Dom Noel (2) during the MHSAA Class A regional semi-final played on Monday March 13, 2017 at Walled Lake Northern High School. The Wildcats defeated the Warriors 72-71 in double OT. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Novi Wildcats defeated the Walled Lake Western Warriors 72-71 in double overtime in the MHSAA Class A regional semi-final played on Monday March 13, 2017 at Walled Lake Northern High School. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Novi Wildcats defeated the Walled Lake Western Warriors 72-71 in double overtime in the MHSAA Class A regional semi-final played on Monday March 13, 2017 at Walled Lake Northern High School. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Novi Wildcats defeated the Walled Lake Western Warriors 72-71 in double overtime in the MHSAA Class A regional semi-final played on Monday March 13, 2017 at Walled Lake Northern High School. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Novi Wildcats defeated the Walled Lake Western Warriors 72-71 in double overtime in the MHSAA Class A regional semi-final played on Monday March 13, 2017 at Walled Lake Northern High School. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Novi Wildcats defeated the Walled Lake Western Warriors 72-71 in double overtime in the MHSAA Class A regional semi-final played on Monday March 13, 2017 at Walled Lake Northern High School. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Novi Wildcats defeated the Walled Lake Western Warriors 72-71 in double overtime in the MHSAA Class A regional semi-final played on Monday March 13, 2017 at Walled Lake Northern High School. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Novi Wildcats defeated the Walled Lake Western Warriors 72-71 in double overtime in the MHSAA Class A regional semi-final played on Monday March 13, 2017 at Walled Lake Northern High School. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Novi Wildcats defeated the Walled Lake Western Warriors 72-71 in double overtime in the MHSAA Class A regional semi-final played on Monday March 13, 2017 at Walled Lake Northern High School. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Novi Wildcats defeated the Walled Lake Western Warriors 72-71 in double overtime in the MHSAA Class A regional semi-final played on Monday March 13, 2017 at Walled Lake Northern High School. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Novi Wildcats defeated the Walled Lake Western Warriors 72-71 in double overtime in the MHSAA Class A regional semi-final played on Monday March 13, 2017 at Walled Lake Northern High School. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Novi Wildcats defeated the Walled Lake Western Warriors 72-71 in double overtime in the MHSAA Class A regional semi-final played on Monday March 13, 2017 at Walled Lake Northern High School. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Novi Wildcats defeated the Walled Lake Western Warriors 72-71 in double overtime in the MHSAA Class A regional semi-final played on Monday March 13, 2017 at Walled Lake Northern High School. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Novi Wildcats defeated the Walled Lake Western Warriors 72-71 in double overtime in the MHSAA Class A regional semi-final played on Monday March 13, 2017 at Walled Lake Northern High School. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Novi Wildcats defeated the Walled Lake Western Warriors 72-71 in double overtime in the MHSAA Class A regional semi-final played on Monday March 13, 2017 at Walled Lake Northern High School. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Novi Wildcats defeated the Walled Lake Western Warriors 72-71 in double overtime in the MHSAA Class A regional semi-final played on Monday March 13, 2017 at Walled Lake Northern High School. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Novi Wildcats defeated the Walled Lake Western Warriors 72-71 in double overtime in the MHSAA Class A regional semi-final played on Monday March 13, 2017 at Walled Lake Northern High School. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Novi Wildcats defeated the Walled Lake Western Warriors 72-71 in double overtime in the MHSAA Class A regional semi-final played on Monday March 13, 2017 at Walled Lake Northern High School. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Novi Wildcats defeated the Walled Lake Western Warriors 72-71 in double overtime in the MHSAA Class A regional semi-final played on Monday March 13, 2017 at Walled Lake Northern High School. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Novi Wildcats defeated the Walled Lake Western Warriors 72-71 in double overtime in the MHSAA Class A regional semi-final played on Monday March 13, 2017 at Walled Lake Northern High School. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Novi Wildcats defeated the Walled Lake Western Warriors 72-71 in double overtime in the MHSAA Class A regional semi-final played on Monday March 13, 2017 at Walled Lake Northern High School. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Novi Wildcats defeated the Walled Lake Western Warriors 72-71 in double overtime in the MHSAA Class A regional semi-final played on Monday March 13, 2017 at Walled Lake Northern High School. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Novi Wildcats defeated the Walled Lake Western Warriors 72-71 in double overtime in the MHSAA Class A regional semi-final played on Monday March 13, 2017 at Walled Lake Northern High School. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Novi Wildcats defeated the Walled Lake Western Warriors 72-71 in double overtime in the MHSAA Class A regional semi-final played on Monday March 13, 2017 at Walled Lake Northern High School. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Novi Wildcats defeated the Walled Lake Western Warriors 72-71 in double overtime in the MHSAA Class A regional semi-final played on Monday March 13, 2017 at Walled Lake Northern High School. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Novi Wildcats defeated the Walled Lake Western Warriors 72-71 in double overtime in the MHSAA Class A regional semi-final played on Monday March 13, 2017 at Walled Lake Northern High School. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Novi Wildcats defeated the Walled Lake Western Warriors 72-71 in double overtime in the MHSAA Class A regional semi-final played on Monday March 13, 2017 at Walled Lake Northern High School. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Novi Wildcats defeated the Walled Lake Western Warriors 72-71 in double overtime in the MHSAA Class A regional semi-final played on Monday March 13, 2017 at Walled Lake Northern High School. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Novi Wildcats defeated the Walled Lake Western Warriors 72-71 in double overtime in the MHSAA Class A regional semi-final played on Monday March 13, 2017 at Walled Lake Northern High School. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Novi Wildcats defeated the Walled Lake Western Warriors 72-71 in double overtime in the MHSAA Class A regional semi-final played on Monday March 13, 2017 at Walled Lake Northern High School. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Novi Wildcats defeated the Walled Lake Western Warriors 72-71 in double overtime in the MHSAA Class A regional semi-final played on Monday March 13, 2017 at Walled Lake Northern High School. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Novi Wildcats defeated the Walled Lake Western Warriors 72-71 in double overtime in the MHSAA Class A regional semi-final played on Monday March 13, 2017 at Walled Lake Northern High School. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Novi Wildcats defeated the Walled Lake Western Warriors 72-71 in double overtime in the MHSAA Class A regional semi-final played on Monday March 13, 2017 at Walled Lake Northern High School. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Novi Wildcats defeated the Walled Lake Western Warriors 72-71 in double overtime in the MHSAA Class A regional semi-final played on Monday March 13, 2017 at Walled Lake Northern High School. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Novi Wildcats defeated the Walled Lake Western Warriors 72-71 in double overtime in the MHSAA Class A regional semi-final played on Monday March 13, 2017 at Walled Lake Northern High School. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Novi Wildcats defeated the Walled Lake Western Warriors 72-71 in double overtime in the MHSAA Class A regional semi-final played on Monday March 13, 2017 at Walled Lake Northern High School. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Novi Wildcats defeated the Walled Lake Western Warriors 72-71 in double overtime in the MHSAA Class A regional semi-final played on Monday March 13, 2017 at Walled Lake Northern High School. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Novi Wildcats defeated the Walled Lake Western Warriors 72-71 in double overtime in the MHSAA Class A regional semi-final played on Monday March 13, 2017 at Walled Lake Northern High School. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Novi Wildcats defeated the Walled Lake Western Warriors 72-71 in double overtime in the MHSAA Class A regional semi-final played on Monday March 13, 2017 at Walled Lake Northern High School. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Novi Wildcats defeated the Walled Lake Western Warriors 72-71 in double overtime in the MHSAA Class A regional semi-final played on Monday March 13, 2017 at Walled Lake Northern High School. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Novi Wildcats defeated the Walled Lake Western Warriors 72-71 in double overtime in the MHSAA Class A regional semi-final played on Monday March 13, 2017 at Walled Lake Northern High School. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Novi Wildcats defeated the Walled Lake Western Warriors 72-71 in double overtime in the MHSAA Class A regional semi-final played on Monday March 13, 2017 at Walled Lake Northern High School. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Novi Wildcats defeated the Walled Lake Western Warriors 72-71 in double overtime in the MHSAA Class A regional semi-final played on Monday March 13, 2017 at Walled Lake Northern High School. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Novi Wildcats defeated the Walled Lake Western Warriors 72-71 in double overtime in the MHSAA Class A regional semi-final played on Monday March 13, 2017 at Walled Lake Northern High School. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Novi Wildcats defeated the Walled Lake Western Warriors 72-71 in double overtime in the MHSAA Class A regional semi-final played on Monday March 13, 2017 at Walled Lake Northern High School. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Novi Wildcats defeated the Walled Lake Western Warriors 72-71 in double overtime in the MHSAA Class A regional semi-final played on Monday March 13, 2017 at Walled Lake Northern High School. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Novi Wildcats defeated the Walled Lake Western Warriors 72-71 in double overtime in the MHSAA Class A regional semi-final played on Monday March 13, 2017 at Walled Lake Northern High School. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Novi Wildcats defeated the Walled Lake Western Warriors 72-71 in double overtime in the MHSAA Class A regional semi-final played on Monday March 13, 2017 at Walled Lake Northern High School. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Novi Wildcats defeated the Walled Lake Western Warriors 72-71 in double overtime in the MHSAA Class A regional semi-final played on Monday March 13, 2017 at Walled Lake Northern High School. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Novi Wildcats defeated the Walled Lake Western Warriors 72-71 in double overtime in the MHSAA Class A regional semi-final played on Monday March 13, 2017 at Walled Lake Northern High School. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Novi Wildcats defeated the Walled Lake Western Warriors 72-71 in double overtime in the MHSAA Class A regional semi-final played on Monday March 13, 2017 at Walled Lake Northern High School. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Novi Wildcats defeated the Walled Lake Western Warriors 72-71 in double overtime in the MHSAA Class A regional semi-final played on Monday March 13, 2017 at Walled Lake Northern High School. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Novi Wildcats defeated the Walled Lake Western Warriors 72-71 in double overtime in the MHSAA Class A regional semi-final played on Monday March 13, 2017 at Walled Lake Northern High School. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Novi Wildcats defeated the Walled Lake Western Warriors 72-71 in double overtime in the MHSAA Class A regional semi-final played on Monday March 13, 2017 at Walled Lake Northern High School. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Novi Wildcats defeated the Walled Lake Western Warriors 72-71 in double overtime in the MHSAA Class A regional semi-final played on Monday March 13, 2017 at Walled Lake Northern High School. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Novi Wildcats defeated the Walled Lake Western Warriors 72-71 in double overtime in the MHSAA Class A regional semi-final played on Monday March 13, 2017 at Walled Lake Northern High School. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Novi Wildcats defeated the Walled Lake Western Warriors 72-71 in double overtime in the MHSAA Class A regional semi-final played on Monday March 13, 2017 at Walled Lake Northern High School. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Novi Wildcats defeated the Walled Lake Western Warriors 72-71 in double overtime in the MHSAA Class A regional semi-final played on Monday March 13, 2017 at Walled Lake Northern High School. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Novi Wildcats defeated the Walled Lake Western Warriors 72-71 in double overtime in the MHSAA Class A regional semi-final played on Monday March 13, 2017 at Walled Lake Northern High School. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Novi Wildcats defeated the Walled Lake Western Warriors 72-71 in double overtime in the MHSAA Class A regional semi-final played on Monday March 13, 2017 at Walled Lake Northern High School. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Novi Wildcats defeated the Walled Lake Western Warriors 72-71 in double overtime in the MHSAA Class A regional semi-final played on Monday March 13, 2017 at Walled Lake Northern High School. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Novi Wildcats defeated the Walled Lake Western Warriors 72-71 in double overtime in the MHSAA Class A regional semi-final played on Monday March 13, 2017 at Walled Lake Northern High School. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Novi Wildcats defeated the Walled Lake Western Warriors 72-71 in double overtime in the MHSAA Class A regional semi-final played on Monday March 13, 2017 at Walled Lake Northern High School. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Novi Wildcats defeated the Walled Lake Western Warriors 72-71 in double overtime in the MHSAA Class A regional semi-final played on Monday March 13, 2017 at Walled Lake Northern High School. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Novi Wildcats defeated the Walled Lake Western Warriors 72-71 in double overtime in the MHSAA Class A regional semi-final played on Monday March 13, 2017 at Walled Lake Northern High School. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Novi Wildcats defeated the Walled Lake Western Warriors 72-71 in double overtime in the MHSAA Class A regional semi-final played on Monday March 13, 2017 at Walled Lake Northern High School. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Novi Wildcats defeated the Walled Lake Western Warriors 72-71 in double overtime in the MHSAA Class A regional semi-final played on Monday March 13, 2017 at Walled Lake Northern High School. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Novi Wildcats defeated the Walled Lake Western Warriors 72-71 in double overtime in the MHSAA Class A regional semi-final played on Monday March 13, 2017 at Walled Lake Northern High School. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Novi Wildcats defeated the Walled Lake Western Warriors 72-71 in double overtime in the MHSAA Class A regional semi-final played on Monday March 13, 2017 at Walled Lake Northern High School. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Novi Wildcats defeated the Walled Lake Western Warriors 72-71 in double overtime in the MHSAA Class A regional semi-final played on Monday March 13, 2017 at Walled Lake Northern High School. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Novi Wildcats defeated the Walled Lake Western Warriors 72-71 in double overtime in the MHSAA Class A regional semi-final played on Monday March 13, 2017 at Walled Lake Northern High School. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Novi Wildcats defeated the Walled Lake Western Warriors 72-71 in double overtime in the MHSAA Class A regional semi-final played on Monday March 13, 2017 at Walled Lake Northern High School. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Novi Wildcats defeated the Walled Lake Western Warriors 72-71 in double overtime in the MHSAA Class A regional semi-final played on Monday March 13, 2017 at Walled Lake Northern High School. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Novi Wildcats defeated the Walled Lake Western Warriors 72-71 in double overtime in the MHSAA Class A regional semi-final played on Monday March 13, 2017 at Walled Lake Northern High School. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Novi Wildcats defeated the Walled Lake Western Warriors 72-71 in double overtime in the MHSAA Class A regional semi-final played on Monday March 13, 2017 at Walled Lake Northern High School. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Novi Wildcats defeated the Walled Lake Western Warriors 72-71 in double overtime in the MHSAA Class A regional semi-final played on Monday March 13, 2017 at Walled Lake Northern High School. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Novi Wildcats defeated the Walled Lake Western Warriors 72-71 in double overtime in the MHSAA Class A regional semi-final played on Monday March 13, 2017 at Walled Lake Northern High School. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Novi Wildcats defeated the Walled Lake Western Warriors 72-71 in double overtime in the MHSAA Class A regional semi-final played on Monday March 13, 2017 at Walled Lake Northern High School. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Novi Wildcats defeated the Walled Lake Western Warriors 72-71 in double overtime in the MHSAA Class A regional semi-final played on Monday March 13, 2017 at Walled Lake Northern High School. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Novi Wildcats defeated the Walled Lake Western Warriors 72-71 in double overtime in the MHSAA Class A regional semi-final played on Monday March 13, 2017 at Walled Lake Northern High School. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Novi Wildcats defeated the Walled Lake Western Warriors 72-71 in double overtime in the MHSAA Class A regional semi-final played on Monday March 13, 2017 at Walled Lake Northern High School. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Novi Wildcats defeated the Walled Lake Western Warriors 72-71 in double overtime in the MHSAA Class A regional semi-final played on Monday March 13, 2017 at Walled Lake Northern High School. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Novi Wildcats defeated the Walled Lake Western Warriors 72-71 in double overtime in the MHSAA Class A regional semi-final played on Monday March 13, 2017 at Walled Lake Northern High School. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Novi Wildcats defeated the Walled Lake Western Warriors 72-71 in double overtime in the MHSAA Class A regional semi-final played on Monday March 13, 2017 at Walled Lake Northern High School. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Novi Wildcats defeated the Walled Lake Western Warriors 72-71 in double overtime in the MHSAA Class A regional semi-final played on Monday March 13, 2017 at Walled Lake Northern High School. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Novi Wildcats defeated the Walled Lake Western Warriors 72-71 in double overtime in the MHSAA Class A regional semi-final played on Monday March 13, 2017 at Walled Lake Northern High School. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Novi Wildcats defeated the Walled Lake Western Warriors 72-71 in double overtime in the MHSAA Class A regional semi-final played on Monday March 13, 2017 at Walled Lake Northern High School. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Novi Wildcats defeated the Walled Lake Western Warriors 72-71 in double overtime in the MHSAA Class A regional semi-final played on Monday March 13, 2017 at Walled Lake Northern High School. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Novi Wildcats defeated the Walled Lake Western Warriors 72-71 in double overtime in the MHSAA Class A regional semi-final played on Monday March 13, 2017 at Walled Lake Northern High School. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Novi Wildcats defeated the Walled Lake Western Warriors 72-71 in double overtime in the MHSAA Class A regional semi-final played on Monday March 13, 2017 at Walled Lake Northern High School. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Novi Wildcats defeated the Walled Lake Western Warriors 72-71 in double overtime in the MHSAA Class A regional semi-final played on Monday March 13, 2017 at Walled Lake Northern High School. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Novi Wildcats defeated the Walled Lake Western Warriors 72-71 in double overtime in the MHSAA Class A regional semi-final played on Monday March 13, 2017 at Walled Lake Northern High School. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Novi Wildcats defeated the Walled Lake Western Warriors 72-71 in double overtime in the MHSAA Class A regional semi-final played on Monday March 13, 2017 at Walled Lake Northern High School. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Novi Wildcats defeated the Walled Lake Western Warriors 72-71 in double overtime in the MHSAA Class A regional semi-final played on Monday March 13, 2017 at Walled Lake Northern High School. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Novi Wildcats defeated the Walled Lake Western Warriors 72-71 in double overtime in the MHSAA Class A regional semi-final played on Monday March 13, 2017 at Walled Lake Northern High School. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Novi Wildcats defeated the Walled Lake Western Warriors 72-71 in double overtime in the MHSAA Class A regional semi-final played on Monday March 13, 2017 at Walled Lake Northern High School. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)

WALLED LAKE – The moment almost got the best of Traveon Maddox. Instead, he mastered the moment.

Having missed the front end of a pair at the free throw line with six seconds left in Monday's Class A boys basketball regional semifinal at Walled Lake Northern, Novi’s 6-foot-2 junior swingman stepped to the charity stripe and calmly knocked down the back end of the two attempts, lifting his Wildcats to a thrilling 72-71 double overtime topping of Walled Lake Western.

“I’ve never been that nervous in my entire life,” Maddox said. “I had a job to get done though and on that second free throw that’s what I did.”

Western star Delano Smith narrowly missed a potential game-winning 16-foot jumper from straight away at the buzzer. Smith was sizzling all night long, going for a career-high 43 points.

“If you told me we’d have to go against a guy who will get 43 on you, but you still walk away with the win and advance, I’ll take that every day of the week,” joked Novi head coach Brandon Sinawi. “Delano’s obviously a very special player, he wouldn’t go down without a fight.”

Novi trailed 34-27 at halftime and Smith’s three-point play two minutes into the third quarter put Western ahead by double digits, 39-29. However, the Wildcats had a tank full of ferocity left in supply and finished the quarter strong, as Maddox swished a triple from the left elbow and then stole the ball and went in for a rim-rocking two-handed jam in the last 30 seconds to pull his squad within a basket behind, 45-43, entering the game’s final frame.

Maddox’s 3 early in the fourth provided Novi its first lead of the night at 47-45. Reserve Nik Williams’ three-point play with 3:55 left gave the Wildcats their biggest advantage of the night, 55-47. Five straight points from Smith in the closing minute of regulation sent the game into its first overtime.

Maddox’s split at the free-throw line tied things at 60 apiece in the final seconds of the first overtime, forcing a second extra session. Novi opened the second overtime with a bang and two Williams’ lay-ups in a row off steals placed the Wildcats in front 69-62 with 1:14 remaining. Smith’s three-point play knotted the contest again, 71-71, at the 25.6 mark. On the ensuing possession, Maddox was fouled dribbling along the far right sideline and made his game-winning free throw.

Sophomore Jiovanni Miles tallied a team-high 19 points for Novi (18-6). Maddox had 16 and Williams 15 off the bench. Senior forward Alec Bageris was rugged in the paint for the Wildcats, logging nine points and nine rebounds.

The Wildcats will face West Bloomfield (15-8) in the regional finals Wednesday night. West Bloomfield bounced Howell 59-51 in Monday's opening semifinal match.

"I challenged my guys at halftime to respond and they came out in that third quarter with a lot of energy and started chipping away at the deficit," said Sinawi of Novi's second-half comeback. "They wanted it bad in that second half and in the overtimes and it showed on the floor."

Western wraps up its 2017 campaign with a 17-7 record. The Warriors claimed the KLAA North title in the regular season, while Novi collected the crown in the KLAA Central. Western's Cody White, a Michigan State football-signee, recorded 14 points and eight boards in his final game on the basketball court.

"That was one of the better high school basketball games I've ever been a part of," said Western head coach Denny Butcher of Monday's hardwood tussle.

Last Updated: 3/14/2017 12:56:57 AM EST


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