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BOYS BASKETBALL: Oakland Christian works overtime to down Roeper

   | Dan Stickradt

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BY DAN STICKRADT

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BLOOMFIELD HILLS — After graduating seven of its top 10 players from last season, Auburn Hills Oakland Christian has become a model of inconsistency on the basketball court this season.

The Lancers have some holes and deficiencies and are fighting for every win they can get this season.

Oakland Christian showed some more signs of life by winning in overtime Tuesday. The Lancers held on for a 44-41 MIAC Blue Division victory over host Birmingham Roeper at Roeper’s Bloomfield Hills Campus.

Oakland Christian outscored the Roughriders 7-4 in overtime to prevail.

After Roeper (5-6, 2-4) rallied to force overtime at 37-37, the Lancers picked up a three-pointer from John VanNoord to go ahead for good at 40-37. Oakland Christian finished 2-for-6 from the foul line and 2-for-4 from the floor in the extra session.

Junior forward D.J. Stevens picked off a long pass with two seconds remaining in overtime to seal the deal.

“We’ll take this win and we’ll take 6-5 at this point,” admitted Oakland Christian coach Dennis Hopkins, who picked up career varsity win 201 over 16 seasons between Oakland Christi