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January 24, 2013
University Liggett’s boys’ basketball team upset Class D No. 2-ranked Allen Park Inter-City Baptist 56-46 last week.

It was the Knights’ biggest win of the season. After the game, played to a standing-room only crowd, head coach Sidney Johnson and assistant coach Alex Hurley were all smiles, but they know there is a long way to go on the season.

“The guys stepped up big and beat a very good basketball team tonight,” Johnson said. “The guys did a great job on the defensive end of the court, causing turnovers and challenging shots, and they got it done on the offensive end of the court, too.”

Senior Connor Fannon was unstoppable, scoring 23 points, grabbing 12 rebounds and blocking seven shots.

Senior KeVaughn Jackson didn’t score many points, four, but was a beast on defense, grabbing 10 rebounds, forcing bad shots with his solid interior defense and even blocking a couple of shots.

The Knights trailed 28-22 at the half, but came out inspired and junior Ian Clark’s jumper off a turnover tied it at 31. On the ensuing possession, the Knights caused another turnover and Clark’s bullet pass found a wide open Jackson who laid it in for a 33-31 lead.

Senior Eric Ewing hit some big baskets down the stretch, as did senior Stephen Benard and Fannon, and sophomore Fred Saffold made six free throws to help the Knights win.

Ewing finished with 13 points, followed by Saffold with eight, Benard with six, Jackson with four and Clark with two.

Later in the week, Liggett dismantled host Auburn Hills Oakland Christian, winning 65-36.

Ewing scored 25 points as Liggett improved to 5-0 in the Michigan Independent Athletic Conference and 6-2 overall.

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