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Mattawan edges K-Central in O.T.

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MATTAWAN, Mich - Kalamazoo Central has had Mattawan's number since the final days of the George W. Bush administration. The Wildcats hadn't beaten the Maroon Giants since 2007 in boys' basketball.

That changed on Tuesday night.

In front of what was a raucous Mattawan crowd, the Wildcats clipped the Giants, 48-47 in OT, running their record to a perfect 12-0 in the process.

Mattawan's Dexter Shouse hit a 3-pointer off the glass just before time expired in regulation, tying the game at 40, and forcing an extra session.

In the OT, K-Central's Jadakiss Lewis drilled a three from a step inside the out-of-bounds line that gave the Giants a 47-46 lead with about a minute left.

But Wildcat senior Matt Pelak answered on the other end, slithering into the lane and scoring to put the Wildcats back up a point.

Lewis' final drive for the Giants was unsuccessful, and the clock ran out, prompting the student section to rush the floor. But the officials ruled there was still time left on the clock, and the floor was cleared.

With just more than a second left, K-Central's Justin Davis had a look at what would have been a game-winning lob pass. It did not go, and the students rushed the court a second time, this time with the game over.

The loss drops the Giants to 9-3 overall. The two teams will play on February 25th, in the opening round of the district playoffs.

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