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March 7, 2013

Sabres win overtime thriller in district semifinals

SUTTONS BAY — Paul Bump was having a bumpy night at the free throw line.

But the senior guard hit the one that counted with 11.9 seconds left in overtime Wednesday night to give Traverse City Christian a dramatic 65-64 win over Leland in the nightcap of the Class D basketball district here.

The Sabres (16-5) will face Suttons Bay (9-12) for the championship Friday night. The Norsemen cranked up the defensive pressure in the third quarter to pull away to a 47-24 win over Northport in the opener.

The nightcap looked like it might be a double-digit outcome, too, as Christian held a 14-point lead about midway through the fourth quarter. A spirited Comets comeback, though, forced overtime.

In the overtime, Leland tied the game at 64-all with 22 seconds left on a Ian Duvall basket. But Bump drew a foul 11 seconds later. He missed the first of his two free throws, then hit the second. Leland penetrated the lane for a final shot, but it came up short.

For Bump, who was 4-of-9 at the foul line, it was all about concentration.

"I kept thinking, 'Just make it,'" he said of his second attempt. "I shot 47 percent during the season. In practice I can knock them down. I just have to concentrate, bend my knees and follow through. That's all I was concentrating on, bending my knees, because that first one (attempt) was flat."

Leland had taken a 60-59 lead with 17 seconds left in regulation — the Comets' first advantage since the first quarter — on a 3-pointer by Dylan Jolliffe. The Sabres worked the ball inside to 6-7 center Kris Crosby and he drew a foul with 7.5 seconds remaining. Crosby, who was 8-of-15 at the line, missed his first free throw but sank the second to tie it. Leland misfired on an open look from the corner that could have won it at the buzzer.

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