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Muskegon goes 'Hollywood' in 4OT thriller to escape against Hudsonville

Basketball   | Brian VanOchten

Muskegon goes 'Hollywood' in 4OT thriller to escape against Hudsonville

HOLLAND – The imposing tandem of senior forwards Deyonta Davis and Joeviair Kennedy normally collects all the headlines when Muskegon overwhelms one of its opponents on the basketball court.

It was junior point guard Michael Littlejohn, Jr., however, who stole the show in quadruple overtime Wednesday night to help the Big Reds overcome Hudsonville, 70-60, to earn a trip to the Class A state quarterfinals.

Littlejohn scored the first eight points of the fourth overtime period as Muskegon (23-1) prevailed in an exhausting regional title game in front of a sellout crowd at West Ottawa High School.

“That's why we call him 'Hollywood.' He's fearless,” Muskegon coach Keith Guy said.

The contest, which remained close throughout regulation, featured a chess match between coaching staffs in the OT periods. Hudsonville coach Eric Elliott had his team hold the ball throughout the first three OTs in an attempt to slow down the fourth-ranked Big Reds and decide the outcome on a final possession.

The strategy nearly sealed the upset bid.

Hudsonville (16-8) held the ball for the last shot in the first OT tied at 49-49. J