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Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Career reaches second straight state final

The word drama doesn't even do Tuesday's Career-Wilby game justice.
A day after two quarterfinal-round games were decided in double overtime, the Career-Wilby needed just one overtime period and Career survived 64-63 before a sellout at Bunnell High School.
Career goes up 10 in the third quarter.
Wilby goes up seven in the fourth quarter.
Then the SCC champions score eight straight to take the lead. It looked like the Panthers would hang on in regulation, but Cory Bidon accidentally fell on top of Wilby's Walter Wright, fouling him with 1.9 seconds left. The silky-smooth guard cooly sank two free throws to tie the game at 58 and send it to OT.
Career scored the first four points of OT, then Wilby scored the next five to go up by 1. Kenny Armstead's tip-in with 35 seconds left proved to be the winning basket, but Career had to survive two scoring opportunities in the final 8 seconds to survive.
Now Northwest Catholic is between Career and its first state championship in school history. Both teams are looking to avenge losses in last year's finals: Career to Trinity Catholic in M, Northwest to New London in L. This game has the makings of a classic.
How will Career contain NWC's Kuran Iverson? Can NWC expose Career's aggresive zone defense? This and other questions will be answered, likely Saturday night.
This game is likely going to the wire and should serve as a very good prelude to the Class LL title game which should conclude the day's festivities at the Mohegan Sun Arena.


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