2018-01-11 / Sports

Flushing boys lose 2OT thriller


Flushing’s Daniel Shaheen releases a shot in the paint against Kearsley on Dec. 12. 
Photo by Brandon Pope Flushing’s Daniel Shaheen releases a shot in the paint against Kearsley on Dec. 12. Photo by Brandon Pope LAPEER – The Flushing boys’ basketball team traveled to Lapeer on Tuesday and was narrowly defeated by the Lightning in a double overtime nail-biter, 67-64.

Flushing jumped out to a 14-8 lead before Lapeer went on a 17-9 run in the second quarter.

The Lightning then went on a tear of 17-13 in the third and Flushing outpaced Lapeer 15-9 in the fourth. Each team got seven apiece in the first overtime and Lapeer outscored Flushing 9-6 in the second extra frame. Lapeer was required to hit a buzzer-beater at the end of regulation to force overtime and then another at the end of the second overtime to win.

The Raiders were firing on all cylinders on Friday in a 54-28 rout of Linden at home. Surprisingly, Flushing was actually down at the half, 27-24, but a 20-point final frame sealed the victory. Cal Endicott poured in a team-high 17 points, including four threes, while Dan Shaheen had a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds.

“I believe our pressure was the difference in the ballgame,” said Flushing coach Adam Smith. “We were able to get some easy buckets after picking up our defensive intensity late in the game. We didn’t shoot the ball well tonight, but we’re happy to escape with the win.”

Flushing travels to Brandon on Friday. – B.P.

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