4A North boys basketball

Lake Clifton again earns payoff in OT at Southern

Lakers go to final, 82-79

Bulldogs' coach furious

High School

March 01, 2001|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

Aaron Cook went 10-for-11 from the free-throw line and teammate Antonio Regis 10-for-13 in leading fourth-ranked Lake Clifton to its second overtime victory of the year at seventh-ranked Southern, 82-79, in a Class 4A North Region semifinal last night.

The victory, secured only after a three-point attempt by Southern's Melvin Scott (23 points) bounced off the rim as time elapsed, ended the Bulldogs' season at 19-6 and sent the Lakers (19-4) into tomorrow's title game against No. 9 Walbrook (20-5), a 71-67 winner over Northwestern.

Cook also keyed the Lakers' earlier, 63-61 overtime win at Southern by converting a bank shot with two-tenths of a second remaining in the four-minute extra session. That game-ending sequence began with two seconds left as Lake Clifton's Tavon Nelson intercepted an inbounds pass intended for Scott at midcourt before bricking it high off the backboard to Cook.

"That's courage, which we get from [coach Herman Harried]," said Cook, one of the Lakers' two senior starters. "I never give up on our team. We're fighters. It pays off in tough games like this."

Cook (23 points) and Regis (24) also keyed the Lakers' three-point shooting. Of the Lakers' 11 threes, Cook had four and Tarik Johnson (13 points) three, with two each from Regis and Corey Hargrove (15 points).

Lake Clifton led by as many as nine points, and trailed only twice in regulation. Down 3-0, Cook's consecutive three-pointers made it 6-3 during an 8-0 run. And down 39-38 after Renardo Dickerson (14 points) and Keyon Johnson (13 points) keyed Southern's 13-7 third-quarter run, Lake Clifton's 9-1 run for a 47-39 lead was comprised of two three-pointers by Cook and one by Regis.

Regis had gone 8-for-9, including 7-for-7 in the fourth period, when he missed both free throws with 21.3 seconds left in regulation and the game tied at 68.

With one second left in regulation, officials initially ruled Southern's Darshan Luckey (nine points) had been fouled during his shot after receiving an inbounds pass. However, after conferring with the table referee, the lead official ruled time had expired.

"The last game we played Lake Clifton, the same two officials had the game, and in two seconds, Lake Clifton had enough time to catch the ball in the backcourt, dribble to the frontcourt, shoot, miss and put it up again," said Southern coach Meredith Smith.

"There was enough time for that boy to shoot the free throw. They cost us the game," Smith said. "I don't care if you put it on the radio, I don't care if they make a record and sing it. They took the game."

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