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ELCS advance to D boys semis in Overtime

Zac Noka Bailey goes to the basket for two of his game-high 19 points for Elizabethtown-Lewis against Indian Lake/Long Lake Feb. 22.

Zac Noka Bailey goes to the basket for two of his game-high 19 points for Elizabethtown-Lewis against Indian Lake/Long Lake Feb. 22. Photo by Keith Lobdell.

— The Elizabethtown-Lewis Lions boys basketball team got a little extra time on their home court Feb. 22.

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Curtis Seaman of Indian/Lake Long Lake goes up for a shot in a crowd of ELCS defenders.

The third-seeded Lions were forced to overtime by the sixth seeded Indian Lake/Long Lake Orange, as senior Charlie Huttig scored five of his teams six points in the extra five minutes for a 44-41 victory.

"I have always wanted the ball in those situations," Huttig said after the game. "Zac (Noka Bailey) and Justin (LaPier) stepped up well for us tonight, but I always want to be the one with the ball in my hands late."

"He did a nice job early finding his teammates so they could get some easy looks," Lions head coach Colby Pulsifer said. "We would like to have several senior leaders, but he is our lone senior and the one that we look to late. Zac and Justin work hard inside and they work well together."

"They were keeping up with us and pressuring our offense, so we needed to start connecting more," Bailey said. "We had to gut it out all the way through until the end. They had a lot of height and played strong against us."

Bailey led the Lions with 19 points in the game while Huttig added 14, LaPier 10 and Austin Morris scored the sixth point of the overtime frame for his lone tally of the game.

For the Orange, Henry Sandiford scored 16 points, while Curtis Seaman added 11, Matt Moore eight, Colin Farrell four and Rudy Giessen two.

The Lions will face the Moriah Vikings in the Class D semifinals Wednesday, Feb. 27, in AuSable Valley.

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