South Lake boys basketball wins thriller over Chandler Park Academy

Cavaliers advances to district semifinals

By: Jason Carmel Davis | Online Only | Published March 5, 2018

 St. Clair Shores South Lake senior forward Amier Gilmore takes a jumper in a March 5 playoff win over Harper Woods Chandler Park Academy. Gilmore led all scorers in the game with 23 points.

St. Clair Shores South Lake senior forward Amier Gilmore takes a jumper in a March 5 playoff win over Harper Woods Chandler Park Academy. Gilmore led all scorers in the game with 23 points.

Photo by Deb Jacques

ST. CLAIR SHORES — St. Clair Shores South Lake senior forward Amier Gilmore sank two free throws with 6.4 seconds left to give the Cavaliers a 60-58 win over Harper Woods Chandler Park Academy in a March 5 Class B district quarterfinal.

South Lake moves to 19-2 on the season and advances to take on Warren Lincoln at 7 p.m. March 7 in a district semifinal at home.

Gilmore, who tied his teammate Robert Davis with a game-high 23 points, was fouled under the basket late before making the game-winning free throws.

“I knew I had to make those or (South Lake coach Kurt Wilson) would have been on me,” Gilmore said. “It was a good spot to be in. I wanted to help the team win. We didn’t want the season to be over.”

Wilson said Gilmore and Davis have led the team all season. The South Lake coach said he’s proud to see how the two seniors have developed.

“They both played really well,” Wilson said. “Gilmore played like a man — blocking shots, rebounding the ball, scoring. His development has been something to see.”

The Eagles (10-6) led for the majority of the game, with their biggest lead being 11 points in the first quarter. The Cavs fought back to come to within four points at 43-39 after the third quarter. Between the third and fourth quarter, Davis hit two free throws after a technical foul was called to cut the Chandler Park lead to 43-41.

The fourth quarter saw six lead changes — all in the first four minutes. Davis hit a 3-pointer with four minutes left to put South Lake up 52-50. Eagles junior forward Andre Bradford, who chipped in with 12 points, hit two free throws to tie the game at 58-58 with 18.6 seconds left.

Chandler Park led 29-25 at halftime. Wilson said at halftime the team had to come together in order to get a win and keep the season alive.

The Eagles were led by senior guard Marlon Crawford and junior guard Joshua Diggs, who netted 16 points and 13 points, respectively. The duo was held scoreless in the fourth quarter.

“We didn’t do anything special (on defense),” Wilson said. “We knew they had three guys who score, so we jusy told our guys to stay attached to them.

"This was a great game. The environment was great. Being at home, we didn't want to lose. We're glad to still be playing."