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Beline Obeid

January 31, 2013
University Liggett’s boys’ basketball team missed its chance to end the first half of the league season with a perfect mark.

Liggett senior Eric Ewing scored 21 points in a loss to Southfield Christian and 20 points in a win over Lutheran Northwest. Photo by Renato Jamett
Last weekend, the host Knights lost 73-71 to Southfield Christian when Lindsay Hunter IV scored on a putback with only 3.2 seconds left in the game.

Hunter’s first shot was blocked by Liggett senior Connor Fannon, but the ball fell right back into his hands.

He went right back up and laid in the winning two points.

The Knights had one final shot, but senior Eric Ewing’s half-court shot fell short.

“We needed one more stop and didn’t get it,” head coach Sidney Johnson said. “We forced some turnovers and got back in the game. We had our chances, but just fell short against a very good basketball team.”

In an emotion-packed Michigan Independent Athletic Conference game, the Knights led 12-3 early in the first quarter, but fell behind 18-17 at the end of the stanza.

Liggett had a 40-33 halftime lead before being outscored 22-9 in the third quarter to fall behind 55-49 with eight minutes left.

The Knights turned up the defensive heat and Southfield Christian took several ill-advised shots while nursing a six-point lead.

Down the stretch, Ewing hit a three pointer, senior KeVaughn Jackson scored a basket and Fannon tied it at 71 after his shot was blocked, but officials ruled the block was a goaltending violation.

“This was a great learning experience for our kids,” Johnson said. “This is something special and it’s too bad we fell a basket short.”

Ewing finished with 21 points and six rebounds, but Fannon led the Knights with a near triple-double, netting 25 points, grabbing 11 rebounds and blocking nine shots.

With the loss, Liggett, Southfield Christian and Allen Park Inter-City Baptist are 6-1 in the MIAC.

“We have to go to Southfield Christian and Inter-City Baptist the second time through the league, so they will be tough games,” Johnson said.

Earlier in the week, Liggett beat Rochester Hills Lutheran Northwest 62-48, as Fannon had 20 points, 16 rebounds and seven blocks, and Ewing had 20 points.

Liggett is 7-3 overall.

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