Josh Laman's 3-pointer at the buzzer gives Ludington OT win over River Rouge in Class B SemifinalBasketball  |
East Lansing – Ludington’s Josh Laman was 0-for-9 on his 3-point attempts for the season heading into Friday night’s Class B semifinal, but the sophomore forward found the perfect time to make his first of the season.
With Ludington trailing River Rouge by two in the closing seconds of overtime, Laman took a pass from his older brother, Noah Laman and knocked down a 3-pointer from the corner as time expired to give Ludington a 51-50 win, sending the Orioles into the Class B state final for the first time since 1953.
In the Class B Final, Ludington (25-2) will face New Haven, who beat Benton Harbor on Friday evening, on Saturday at 7:50pm at the Breslin Center on the campus of Michigan State University.
Ludington coach Thad Shank said that while Laman likes shooting from the perimeter, he’s usually down the line when it comes to his team’s options to shoot the ball.
“He likes to shoot it, but coach kind of gives him a cross-eyed look on occasion,” he said. “He’s a kid who works hard on his game, he can play inside and out, but we have a lot of kids who can shoot the ball, so he’s like our sixth or seventh option to shoot it.
“He’s thinking that when I get back in that locker room, he’s going to look coach Shank in the eye and say ‘I told you coach, I should be shooting these three’s all year long’ is what he’s thinking.”
After Ludington Ludington closed out regulation on a 9-0 run, led by seven points from Calvin Hackert, who knocked down two 3-pointers during that stretch, the Orioles again found themselves facing a late deficit in overtime.
Darian Owens-White knocked down four free throws and a Delante Peterson basket gave the River Rouge a 49-44 lead with 1:13 left to play.
Owens-White finished with 19 points to lead River Rouge (24-2) in the loss.
"Great game, both teams played with a lot