(stats by Ben Enos)
by Eric Gant
It was defense all the way, and it paid off. The McClymonds Warriors beat the Deer Valley Wolverines 87-79 in overtime Saturday night to advance to the CIF semi-finals against Sheldon.
Proud Mack fans, decked in orange and black, filled Laney College.
Mack played hard and steady, and despite missed free throws and two key players fouling out (Dalvin Guy and Willie Williams), the Warriors came back from 10 points down in the third quarter to send the game into overtime.
And that’s when they outscored their opponents.
The score was tied at 74 going into overtime, when Mack went ahead on a basket by Lawrence Otis and two free throws by Eric Jones.
It didn’t hurt that the Wolverines’ high scorer, 6-foot-9 Marcus Lee (22 points, 11 rebounds) was on the bench, fouled out with 3:58 left in the game.
Much credit goes to Dulani Robinson (who led scorers with 29 points) and Jones, who forced turnovers.
“We put our minds to it,” Robinson told the Mercury-News. “We never gave up.”
Grit and persistence were evident. In a pre-game interview, Guy had predicted, “It will all come down to defense for us to get the W.”