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Streaky East survives

There were moments in East's 59-54 victory over visiting Northwest when it appeared the Aces would run away with the game.

Such as when senior Jalen Carter went to the basket three straight possessions for seven points and a 12-4 lead.

Or when junior Ja'ln Williams rebounded a miss and knocked down the jumper as he fell backward during another 12-4 run. Shamari Griffin capped that run with a three-pointer for a 24-15 lead.

East had one more run —13-4 in the final period. There was Nathan Jackson driving to the basket and converting the three-point play, and Williams hitting a three for a 49-38 lead.

"We had the balance, we spread it around," said East coach Ron Allen, whose team is 15-5 and finished second in the City League. "There wasn't a lot of scoring done, period."

East was led by Jackson and Jalen Love, who each scored 13. Carter added 11 points and eight rebounds.

Not one of those runs was completely safe.

Northwest, which finished tied for third in the league, got to within 32-30 in the third quarter on seven straight points by sophomore June Johnson. He finished with 17.

The Grizzlies got within 53-50 with 36 seconds remaining after senior Dave Carson hit three consecutive threes.

"When we did come back... we started moving the ball like we know how to do," Northwest coach Chris Collins said.

East was 8 of 8 from the free-throw line in the final 1:31.

"Their defensive strategy slowed us down," Allen said."... We can be patient and we can break down a zone defense. These kids got to believe it because from this point on, that's probably what we'll see a lot of."

Northwest (10-10, 9-7) 11 6 13 24—54 East (15-5, 13-3) 14 12 10 23—59

NORTHWEST: Carson 4 0-0 11, Johnson 5 3-4 17, Gales 3 0-0 6, Landenberger 2 0-1 4, Nicholson 0 10-10 10, Fox 1 0-0 2, Miller 2 0-0 4. Totals 18 (5) 13-15 54.

EAST: Jackson 4 5-9 13, Walton 4 0-0 8, Carter 5 1-3 11, Williams 4 0-0 9, Love 2 8-8 13, Duque 1 0-0 2, Griffin 1 0-0 3. Totals .

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