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West Bloomfield wins Class A regional title in instant classic against Novi WITH PHOTO GALLERY

  • Kevin McAdoo (21), West Bloomfield, celebrates while holding the Regional championship trophy with teammates James Faulkner and Garrett Winn after defeating Novi in double overtime 67-66 at Walled Lake Northern High School Wednesday, March 15, 2017. McAdoo not only scored a game high 34 points, but also notched the winning basket as time expired. (MIPrepZone photo / LARRY McKEE)
  • Jonny Davis (21), Novi and Chris Oviasu, West Bloomfield, scramble for a loose ball during Regional final basketball action at Walled Lake Northern High School Wednesday, March 15, 2017. The Lakers defeated Novi in double overtime 67-66. (MIPrepZone photo / LARRY McKEE)
  • Kevin McAdoo (21), West Bloomfield, goes up for two of his game high 34 points during Regional final basketball action against Novi at Walled Lake Northern High School Wednesday, March 15, 2017. McAdoo and the Lakers defeated Novi in double overtime 67-66. (MIPrepZone photo / LARRY McKEE)
  • West Bloomfield defeats Novi in a double overtime thriller 67-66 during Regional final basketball action at Walled Lake Northern High School Wednesday, March 15, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo / LARRY McKEE)
  • West Bloomfield defeats Novi in a double overtime thriller 67-66 during Regional final basketball action at Walled Lake Northern High School Wednesday, March 15, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo / LARRY McKEE)
  • West Bloomfield defeats Novi in a double overtime thriller 67-66 during Regional final basketball action at Walled Lake Northern High School Wednesday, March 15, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo / LARRY McKEE)
  • West Bloomfield defeats Novi in a double overtime thriller 67-66 during Regional final basketball action at Walled Lake Northern High School Wednesday, March 15, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo / LARRY McKEE)
  • West Bloomfield defeats Novi in a double overtime thriller 67-66 during Regional final basketball action at Walled Lake Northern High School Wednesday, March 15, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo / LARRY McKEE)
  • West Bloomfield defeats Novi in a double overtime thriller 67-66 during Regional final basketball action at Walled Lake Northern High School Wednesday, March 15, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo / LARRY McKEE)
  • West Bloomfield defeats Novi in a double overtime thriller 67-66 during Regional final basketball action at Walled Lake Northern High School Wednesday, March 15, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo / LARRY McKEE)
  • West Bloomfield defeats Novi in a double overtime thriller 67-66 during Regional final basketball action at Walled Lake Northern High School Wednesday, March 15, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo / LARRY McKEE)
  • West Bloomfield defeats Novi in a double overtime thriller 67-66 during Regional final basketball action at Walled Lake Northern High School Wednesday, March 15, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo / LARRY McKEE)

Controversy surrounds McAdoo's game-winning basket.

WALLED LAKE – Whether the game-winner should have or shouldn't have counted aside, the game itself was an epic for the ages for sure.

Kevin McAdoo’s controversial lay-in at the buzzer off a last-moment steal catapulted West Bloomfield into the Class A boys basketball quarterfinals with an improbable 67-66 clipping of Novi in a double-overtime classic of a regional championship game Wednesday night at Walled Lake Northern.

If McAdoo’s shot beat the horn was of great debate following the contest. Some people’s video of the final sequence showed McAdoo with the ball in his hands with all zeros on the clock.

West Bloomfield was behind 66-62 with 12 seconds left after Novi junior guard Trendon Hankerson knocked down a pair of free throws. McAdoo’s long 3 with 7.2 seconds remaining made it 66-65. Lakers’ guard Garrett Winn then stole the ensuing Novi inbounds pass and fed McAdoo in the lane for the game-winning hoop.

“We needed a bucket, Garrett got the steal, he passed it to me and I took one dribble and went up,” McAdoo said. “I wasn’t thinking, the play was moving too fast for me to think. The crowd was going crazy. I put it up, it went in and we won it. It was crazy.”

McAdoo fired in a game-high 34 points. He had 40 in the regional semifinals against Howell Monday.

On Wednesday, West Bloomfield led 30-19 at the half and 34-32 after three quarters of action. Novi center Jonny Davis (10 points) connected on two free throws at the end of regulation to send the game into its first extra session tied at 48 apiece. Wildcats junior swingman Traveon Maddox’s swished a buzzer-beating triple from the deep right wing to force the second overtime, knotting the intense, seesaw affair 56-56.

“I don’t know what to say, I’m at a loss of words, that was an amazing game we just experienced,” Lakers head coach Jeremy Denha said. “Games like this are all about responding. We’ve been responding all year and we responded when the chips were down tonight in this game. I don’t know if there’s a more battled tested team out there still alive.”

West Bloomfield (16-8) now gets Troy in the quarterfinals at Calihan Hall next week. Troy (21-4) defeated Warren De La Salle Wednesday in a regional title showdown at Troy Athens. The Lakers slipped by Troy on the road earlier this winter in an OAA crossover and last appeared in the "elite eight" 14 years ago.

League champs out of the KLAA Central, Novi finishes the season 18-7. Maddox scored a team-high 27 points. He sank the game-winning free throw in a 72-71 double-overtime victory over Walled Lake Western Monday in the semifinals. Senior forward Alec Bageris muscled his way to a double-double of 16 points and 10 rebounds for the Wildcats as well.

Novi head coach Brandon Sinawi was displeased with the officials calling McAdoo’s game-winner good Wednesday. Sinawi chased after the ref that made the call as he exited the court.

“He hosed our kids, I’ll go to the grave believing that,” he said. “We didn’t play smart down the stretch in that second overtime tonight, but our kids still didn’t deserve to lose this ball game.”

Last Updated: 3/15/2017 10:45:15 PM EST


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