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January 17, 2014

Panthers hold off Lakers

MAPLE CITY — For Brandon Schaub, it was a night for redemption.

Schaub hit the second of his two free throws with 7.5 seconds remaining Thursday to lift Frankfort to a key 47-46 Northwest Conference win at Glen Lake.

“Same thing happened here last year,” Schaub said. “It was a close game and I went to the same free throw line (in the closing seconds) and missed them both. Same exact situation — and we ended up losing (53-51).”

Glen Lake’s Carter Lee had a chance to win it, but misfired on a 3-point attempt.

“We drew it (play) up for him,” Lakers coach Todd Hazelton said. “We told (Carter) if you can drive to the basket do that. We knew they didn’t want to foul. They were only up one. But he had a good look and he had been shooting it pretty well.

“That was a good high school game. Great intensity.”

With the win, Frankfort moved to 3-0 in the Northwest, the same mark as Suttons Bay. Glen Lake fell to 3-1.

Thursday’s showdown was close throughout. Neither team could gain separation. The biggest lead came with just over two minutes to play when Frankfort’s Mason Loney scored down low to give the Panthers a 46-40 lead. That lead lasted one minute. A Lee 3-pointer tied it at 46 with 1:03 remaining.

The Lakers, 5-3 overall, quickly forced a turnover following Lee’s triple and Logan LaCross drew a shooting foul under the basket with 58.2 seconds left.

LaCross, though, missed both free throws, the Panthers rebounded and played for the last shot. After calling a time out with 10 seconds left, Frankfort tried a lob to David Loney off the inbounds. It was batted away — right to Scahub, who was fouled as he took it to the basket.

Schaub, who had missed an earlier free throw in the fourth quarter, failed to convert on his first attempt. Would the same fate strike twice at Glen Lake?

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