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Reggie Kirkwood hit a winning 3-pointer with 2.6 seconds remaining to lift Melvindale Academy for Business & Technology to a 43-42 win over Riverview Gabriel Richard.

Kirkwood, a senior guard who had just one point before the final possession, came off of a double screen and hit the shot from the right baseline to send the ABT bench into a frenzy.

"We were pretty excited, but I tried to keep it under control," ABT coach Robert Crawford said. "There was still 2.6 seconds to play."

Gabriel Richard couldn't convert on a desperation attempt, and Kirkwood was the hero.

"He's a good student who works hard in practice, you always feel good for a kid like that," Crawford said. "We're a young team, and something like that definitely boosts morale."

It was a tight game from start to finish, as the teams were within a couple of points of each other throughout. ABT (2-2) had a 36-34 lead entering the fourth quarter.

Lavail Russell had 11 points and Amir Appling scored 10 to lead ABT in scoring.

Jake Lipinski netted 13 to pace Gabriel Richard (3-2).

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Walled Lake Western 56, Livonia Franklin 33: Marcus Bailey and Jerald Booker had 15 points apiece for Western (4-0). Johnny Cantrell scored eight for Franklin (0-5).

Girls basketball

Allen Park Cabrini 43, Carleton Airport 26: Abigail Burke had 10 points for Cabrini (2-4). Airport is 1-4.

Detroit PEC 38, Melvindale ABT 28: Mariah Stancel had 14 points for PEC (3-0). Mia Hussey scored 20 for ABT (2-2).

Farmington Hills Mercy 39, Canton 37: Taylor Jones had 25 points for Mercy (5-0). Erin Hult scored 14 for Canton (2-3).

Geoff Robinson is a freelance writer; Detriot News staff contributed.

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