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Boys Basketball: T.F. North slips past T.F. South

Updated: March 4, 2013 6:28AM



After his team lost to rival T.F. South last season for the first time since 2000, T.F. North coach Tim Bankston said Friday night was time for the Meteors to “start another 10-year winning streak.”

Bankston left Lansing a happy man — barely.

Behind 18 points and 10 rebounds from Nick Wood, the No. 9 Meteors rallied from a 26-20 halftime deficit and pulled out a 47-45 thriller in front of a raucous crowd in a South Suburban Blue contest.

“It was time for us to get back to business,” Bankston said. “This is the way it’s supposed to be. (South’s) crowd gave them energy and they hit some shots I’ve never seen them hit before, but in the end it was another big win for North.”

After battling foul trouble and going scoreless through the first three quarters, Marquis Todd scored six huge points in the fourth for the Meteors (17-6, 9-1). He hit two free throws with 2:50 to go to tie the game at 42, and put North ahead for good with an inside bucket 58 seconds later.

A Wood layup off a steal made it 46-42 with 51 seconds left. A trey by Jamahre Baker (7 points) cut the lead to one but, after Greg McClain (11 points) split two free throws for North, the Rebels (10-10, 6-3) came up empty on two shots in the final seconds.

“I knew I had to be a big presence in the fourth,” Todd said. “When I wasn’t in the middle of the floor, (South) could get easy layups. This was my last game against South and we had to win it.”

Kenny Doss led the Rebels with 21 points and 11 rebounds, but missed the closing minutes because of cramps.

“We came out playing very passively in the second half,” South coach John O’Rourke said. “We put ourselves in position to lose with our (15) second-half turnovers.”

Ka-Ton Mays scored nine points for South. D.J. Deere had eight for North.



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