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Calvin Christian loses a thriller in the class C state championship game

Posted at 11:35 PM, Mar 26, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-26 23:35:06-04

EAST LANSING, Mich -- Calvin Christian got three shots off to in the final 15 seconds to try and force overtime, but none of them went in and Flint Beecher held on for a 63-61 win in a thrilling class C state championship game.

"We were trying to get Tony to get the ball up the court and create for himself and he got a great shot" sophomore Blake Verbeek said. "He makes it a lot and our goal when he shot it if he missed was all out for the rebound and we did and we got a second shot it was what we wanted, just didn't go in."

Verbeek led the Squires with 22 points and 11 rebounds, including 5-6 shooting from three point range.

Calvin Christian turned the ball over 22 times and the Bucs scored 23 points off those turnovers.

"We had five turnovers that, Tony stepped out of bounds hits a three they call it out of bounds, two times the ball being passed to somebody and they weren't looking and it goes out of bounds" Calvin Christian head coach Ryan Stevens said.  "You would love to take those back but you can't that is not how basketball is you can't rewind and redo."

The Squiers were just 8-15 from the free throw line as opposed to Beecher who was 17-25.

Senior Tony DeWitte had 15 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists.

Malik Ellison led Beecher with 21 points.  The title was the fourth in five years for the Bucs.