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BOYS' BASKETBALL: Lavis 3-pointer at the buzzer lifts Roosevelt over Melvindale (VIDEO)

A 3-pointer at the buzzer by Roosevelt’s Jacob Lavis capped an unbelievable fourth-quarter comeback and lifted the Bears to a 52-51 home victory over Melvindale Friday night in boys’ basketball.

The Bears (10-8, 10-6 Downriver League) entered the fourth quarter staring at a 15-point deficit in the face but managed to whittle it down to two as they inbounded the ball with 2.3 seconds remaining.

Lavis caught the ball, took two dribbles with defender Jamary Taylor draped all over him before pulling up and burying a 25-foot NBA worthy shot to win the game.

“We were down the whole game and then we got some momentum. We knew that if we got a good look we were going to make it,” said Lavis. “We’ve been working on that play all season and this is the first time we’ve needed to run it.”

Melvindale (7-11, 7-9 DL) came out of the game shooting the ball well from behind the arc.

Malik Boynton and Wissam Saeed each hit two 3-pointers in the first quarter and stingy Cardinals defense limited Roosevelt to one field goal as Melvindale took a 13-4 lead into the second quarter.

Eight different players, four from each team, scored in the second quarter with Roosevelt’s Tyler Thorington scoring six, but both teams found it difficult to establish an offensive rhythm and Melvindale went into the break leading 23-17.

Boynton scored seven of his game-high 24 points in the third for Melvindale and single handedly outscored the Bears 7-6 in the quarter.

Ricardo Cripps and Saeed combined to score nine points and Melvindale’s lead ballooned to double digits, 38-23 as the teams entered the fourth quarter.

What a difference a quarter makes.

Roosevelt switched to a full-court press that gave Melvindale fits and opened the quarter on a 14-0 run that lasted over five minutes to get back in the game.

“With our kids it’s just a matter of settling down and playing,” said Roosevelt Coach Shawn Stewart. “The big thing was we needed to increase the energy level and the pace because we like to play at a fast pace. For whatever reasons that first half we played at their (Melvindale’s) pace.”

The two teams traded baskets and the game was tied at 49 when Cripps hit a falling down jumper with three seconds to go to give Melvindale the lead and the Cardinals appeared to be on their way to a victory.

But it would be short lived as Lavis struck the next time up the floor.

“He just made a play. He made a shot,” said Melvindale Coach Mac Horvath. “We defended it just like we did. Jamary Taylor was in Lavis all night and the last play was no different. He was right in his face. I thought we executed great, he just made a play.”

Lavis, who had been held scoreless through the first three quarters, hit four threes in the fourth and scored Roosevelt’s final 12 points.

Thorington scored 15 points and added 5 rebounds for the Bears and Donnie Corley dropped 11.

Boynton had 24 points and five boards. Cripps and Saeed both scored 12 points in the loss for the Cardinals.











Last Updated: 2/22/2014 12:02:45 PM EST

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