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Stevensville Lakeshore advances to Class B final with comeback win over Big Rapids

Basketball   | Jeff Dullack

Stevensville Lakeshore advances to Class B final with comeback win over Big Rapids

East Lansing – When Stevensville Lakeshore fell behind by seven points early in the fourth quarter of its Class B semifinal against Big Rapids, the Lancers turned to its defense and size advantage, two key factors behind Lakeshore’s success this season.

The Lakeshore defense limited Big Rapids to just four points in the final four minutes and clutch free throw shooting late from 6-foot-11 center Braden Burke and 6-7 forward Max Gashin as the Lancers would earn a 61-60 win to advance to the Class B state final for the second time in school history.

In the Class B final, Lakeshore (20-9) will face Detroit Henry Ford, who topped Williamston in the first Class B semifinal of the day on Friday.

“We kind of rely on throwing the ball inside,” Lakeshore coach Sean Schroeder said. “When you’ve got guys their size, that seems to make sense and we also rely on our defense. I give Big Rapids a lot of credit, bec