Detroit — A Dayvon Austin tip-in with three seconds left lifted Detroit King to a 57-56 victory over Detroit East English Village on Wednesday night.
With his team down by one with 20 seconds left, King coach Pierre Brooks called a timeout.
“We were in the double-bonus, so I encouraged our guys to attack the basket and try to get an offensive rebound,” Brooks said. “I instructed everybody to crash the boards and it worked in our best interest.”
On the ensuing play, King’s Armani Lee drove to the left of the hoop on the short corner and took a shot.
“It looked like it was going in,” Brooks said.
Instead it rimmed out of the basket, and Austin was there for the tip-in.
East English (6-6), with no timeouts remaining, then took a desperation 3-pointer, but it missed.
It was the end to what would have been a huge collapse by King (7-6), which had been up by 20 in the first half and 16 at halftime.
“It was the best our team has played overall in the first half,” Brooks said. “Jump shots were falling, we were attacking the basket.”
Then in the second half, East English started its comeback.
“They started hitting the shots that they missed in the first half,” Brooks said.
King was held to seven points in the third quarter, enabling East English, but it was in the final moments that the game was decided.
Austin finished with 15 points and eight rebounds.
Tyrone Acuff had a huge night, compiling 13 points, 15 rebounds and 10 assists while Lee added 10 for King.
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Blake Meakin is a freelance writer; Detroit News staff contributed