Fenton’s varsity boys’ basketball team has had many close games like anyone else in the state.
And on Friday, the team had another against Flint Metro League Stripes Division champions Flushing Raiders.
Fenton’s Seth Logan drove to the bucket between two Flushing defenders and hit the game-winning layup with five seconds left to earn the Tigers the 55-53 win. Flushing’s Devin Watts had a chance to shoot the buzzer to tie or win the contest, but missed, allowing the Tigers (6-4, 13-6) to celebrate on the Flushing field.
It was Logan’s second game-winning shot of the season and it also gave the Tigers a victory over the Stars Division winner (Goodrich) and the Stripes Division champion (Flushing) during the regular season.
“We were trying high-low action, to get Connor (Luck) to the basket and on a low screen,” Logan said. “I had a crease, I took it and finished it.
“We are quite tested. Friday nights on the road (in the Flint Metro League) can be pretty tough. We feel we have a good team and we can compete with a lot of teams.
“What a wonderful high school basketball game, and we were blessed to be involved in five to six great basketball games,” said Fenton varsity boys basketball coach Chad Logan. “We were lucky (to have Seth) beat someone off the dribble, take a lay-up with seconds to go. We were able to run during a late game situation.
The Tigers led for most of the first half, taking a 16-10 lead after one quarter. The lead increased to 32-22 when Connor Luck was fouled late in the half and converted his free throws.
In the third quarter, the Tigers still led 48-40 after Lance Barkholz was fouled on a three-point shot. He hit all three shots. However, the Raiders fought back, closing the gap to 43-40 early in the fourth quarter.
In the fourth, the Tigers had a 53-46 lead midway through the quarter, but Flushing went 7-0, tying the game at 53-all. The first three points came on a three-point shot from Drew Trevino and the next two came on converted free throws from Watts. A driving lay-up by Austin Williams finished it. Suddenly, the contest was tied at 53-all with one minute left in the contest, setting up Seth Logan’s winning layup.
Logan finished the contest with 17 points while Luck had 11 points. Barkholz scored nine points. Watts led Flushing with 16 points while Osborn had 15 points and Trevino scored 13 points.
Fenton hosts Lapeer Thursday in the team’s final regular-season contest before district action.