Lahser boys basketball wins district crown in thriller fashion

By: Christian Davis, | Birmingham - Bloomfield Eagle West Bloomfield Beacon | Published March 8, 2013

BLOOMFIELD HILLS — With a 3-pointer from an unlikely shooter, Bloomfield Hills Lahser boys basketball won its second straight district championship.

Lahser's Yante Maten hit the shot with seven seconds remaining to give the Knights a 55-52 lead and victory against Orchard Lake St. Mary's March 8 at Bloomfield Hills Andover in a Class A district final.

It was Maten's first career triple.

 Lahser's Collin Feilla takes a shot in a game earlier this season. Lahser won its second straight district title, beating Orchard Lake St. Mary's 55-52 in the final March 8.

Lahser's Collin Feilla takes a shot in a game earlier this season. Lahser won its second straight district title, beating Orchard Lake St. Mary's 55-52 in the final March 8.

Photo by Patricia O'Blenes

"From my angle, it looked like there was one second left on the clock, but it must have been seven," Maten said. "Way to make it count, I guess."

"That was not the play at all," Lahser coach Duane Graves said laughing.

The Knights stormed back after being down by as much as 15 points in the second quarter.

"They played hard and they did better than us in the second half," St. Mary's coach George Porritt said. "They pressured us into some turnovers. It was a great game."

Lahser trailed by 12 at the half, but outscored the Eaglets 24-11 in the third quarter to take a 41-40 lead into the fourth.

Maten led Lahser with 19 points and Ted McCree paced St. Mary's with 16.

Up next, the Knights take on Troy Athens at 5 p.m. March 11 at West Bloomfield High in a regional semifinal.