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Fond du Lac Ojibwe Wins In Triple Overtime

Updated: 03/13/2014 9:13 PM
Created: 03/13/2014 9:06 PM WDIO.com
By: Eyewitness Sports

#5 Fond du Lac Ojibwe, Cloquet (24-3) outlasted #4 Canby (25-5) 85-82 in a dramatic three overtime MSHSL Class A quarterfinal contest at Williams Arena on the campus of the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis.

Fond du Lac Ojibwe led by 17 in the second half 56-39 with 11:40 to play before Canby made a 19-2 run to tie the score at 58 with 4:46 to play.

The game featured 10 ties and seven lead changes.

The Ogichidaag were led by Davonte Williamson's 23 points and 20 rebounds as he also handed out five assists while hitting key shots late in regulation to tie the score at 67.

Williamson also had a block at the buzzer in the first overtime to preserve a 73-73 tie on a fastbreak layup.

He hit the game-tying bucket in the second overtime with 2:43 to play to send it to a third overtime knotted at 75.

In the third overtime, Williamson scored the go- ahead bucket with 1:53 to play to give Fond du Lac Ojibwe the 81-79 lead and dished out assists on the next two buckets over a 40 second stretch that pushed the lead to six with 1:13 remaining.

Canby kept at it in the third overtime, though, as Michael Slaba buried a 3-pointer from the top of the key for three of his game-high 35 points. He also had two other 3-point looks to tie the game, one at 13 seconds and another from the block "M" at the buzzer for a shot to send it to a fourth overtime.

Slaba also had six assists and five rebounds. Junior forward Josh Gallegos added 21 points and nine rebounds with five assists and five steals and junior Nick Prokop collected 16 rebounds (9 offensive).

Fond du Lac Ojibwe had two players foul out while two others played the three overtimes with four fouls without leaving the floor.

Sophomore Jordan Diver chipped in 19 points on 8-14 shooting from the floor with three 3- pointers.

The Ogichidaag will play #1 Belgrade-Brooten- Elrosa in the Class A Semifinals on Friday, March 14 at noon at Target Center.

Courtesy: Minnesota State High School League

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