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Senior forward Cass Phillips stepped up in a big way to help White Lake Lakeland fight back and force overtime with Waterford Kettering.

The 6-foot-9 senior scored 18 points and grabbed 20 rebounds as Lakeland was able to finish off Kettering in the extra session, 55-52, on Thursday night in Lakes Valley Conference play.

Lakeland (15-4, 11-4) led by eight at halftime, but Kettering came back with a small lineup that scored 20 of its 52 points in the third quarter. That forced Lakeland coach Ron Thompson to sit Phillips for a spell in the second half.

“They went with a smaller lineup, so we had to adjust,” Thompson said. “But when (Phillips) went back in, he dominated.”

Kettering pushed its lead to six in the final two minutes, but Phillips answered with six points during an 8-0 Lakeland run. Kettering had one more trick up its sleeve, as Zach Belz (11 points) was able to get into the lane and hit a floater at the buzzer to force overtime.

But that wouldn’t be enough to save the night for Kettering, as Lakeland’s tough late-game defense carried over into the extra frame.

“The defense really stepped in up tonight,” Thompson said. “We had some mental lapses in the third quarter, but the defense sparked the comeback.”

On the offensive side of the ball, Connor Snell tallied 11 and Lucas Theaker 10 for Lakeland.

Travis Frazier scored 20 to pace Kettering (4-13, 2-13).

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Birmingham Brother Rice 61, Detroit Douglass 42: James MacKenzie scored 26 for Brother Rice. Markise Brown had 13 for Douglass.

Detroit Country Day 92, Romulus 83: Wendell Green scored 24, Julian Roper 17 and Kolin Demens 16 for Country Day (12-5). Keyon Wright and D.J. Lundy had 19 each for Romulus (12-5).

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Novi Franklin Road 92, Macomb Center Line Christian 38: Blake Goodman scored 27, Nathan Buif 17 and Jack Hensley 10 for Franklin Road (9-7, 9-1 MIAC Red).

Redford Union 56, Dearborn Edsel Ford 50: Marcus Evans Jr. scored 11 and Christian Montgomery 10 for Redford Union (14-4, 9-1 WWAC Red). Jalal Baydoun had 22 and Hakeem Fitahey 12 for Edsel Ford (12-7, 9-1).

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Girls basketball

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Birmingham Groves 54, Oxford 40: Sha Carter scored 21 for Groves (15-5, 13-1), which clinched a share of the Oakland Activities Association White Division title with Royal Oak. Lauren Methner had 12 for Oxford (15-5, 10-4).

Detroit Country Day 73, Grosse Pointe South 26: Adrian Folks scored 18 and Kaela Webb 17 for Country Day (15-4).

Grosse Pointe North 53, Utica 35: Julia Ayrault scored 15 for North (15-5).

Hartland 52, Plymouth 14: Emily Messner scored 10 for Hartland (15-5). Plymouth is 13-7.

Novi Franklin Road 75, Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook-Kingswood 46: Chanelle Lochrie scored 29 and Rachel Bause had 22 points and 17 rebounds for Franklin Road (12-6).

Redford Union 53, Dearborn Edsel Ford 39: Johnnae Steele scored 17 for Redford Union. Danya Hamood had 12 for Edsel Ford (8-12, 8-2 WWAC Blue).

River Rouge 60, Detroit Cass Tech 36: Moriyah Hamell had 27 points, eight rebounds and nine steals, and Lamariyee Williams had 21 points, eight rebounds and seven assists for River Rouge (16-4).

Royal Oak 56, West Bloomfield 42: Samantha Potter had 23 points and 17 rebounds and Jessica Adams had 12 points and 10 rebounds for Royal Oak (18-2, 13-1 OAA White). Mya Bobo scored 20 for West Bloomfield (7-13, 7-7).

Troy 38, Birmingham Seaholm 24: Danika Murray scored 10 for Troy (8-12, 4-10 OAA White).

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