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Vince Hunter and Detroit Consortium Defeat Detroit Country Day in Overtime, 68-62

   | Branden Hunter

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Mt.Clemens - The MLK Classic at Mt.Clemens High School placed one of the traditional powerhouse programs in Michigan against an up and coming one Saturday night. And while it was quite a battle, Detroit Country Day and Detroit Consortium needed an overtime period to settle this showdown. In the end, a strong performance by UTEP bound forward Vince Hunter proved to be too much for Country Day. Hunter finished with 32 points, 15 rebounds, and sealed the win for Consortium with a steal with 17.3 seconds to go, up 66-62.

Consortium jumped off to a 17-10 lead after one quarter, but Country Day played stronger in the second quarter. Both teams continued to trade baskets, but a Poet Thomas put-back with 3:08 left in the 2nd brought Country Day within one, 24-23. They would take the lead back minutes later when guard Mory Diane hit a corner three with 1:08 remaining in the hand to go up 27-26.

With 4:38 left in the 3rd quarter and Country Day up 40-35, Vincent Hunter and Austin Price collided,s ending both players to the deck. Price never returned to the game with a head injury, but the collision seemed to spark Hunter. He scored 16 of his 32 points in the ensuing quarter and overtime, and simply owned the glass. Country Day was still able to make it a close game late in the 4th. Down 57-53, two free throws by Edmond Sumner pulled them within two at 57-55.

Then a turnover by Consortium gave the Yellowjackets the ball back with 28.5 seconds remaining. Coach Kurt Keener called a great play,a nd Mory Diane found Poet Thomas wide open for the easy two with 6 seconds on the clock. The bucket would tie things at 57-57, and send the game into overtime. Consortium opened the overtime on a 6-0 run to go up 62-57 and they never looked back. County Day would get back within four at 66-62, but Vincent Hunter intercepted a pass to end the scoring threat. Free throws by Hunter and freshmen Josh Jackson sealed the victory for Consortium. Jackson finished with 11 points and 3 blocks. Poet Thomas finished with 14 points and 7 rebounds, and Mory Diana added 11 points for Country Day.