FAIRBANKS-West Valley head coach Kimani Shotwell said the Lathrop and West Valley game this year have been a heavyweight fight. On Saturday the Wolfpack delivered a body blow in the third meeting between the two teams.
The Wolfpack led 31-30 at the break. Travon Brackett had scored a game high 19 points, nine rebounds and three blks. Cole Berner had 12 and Kyle Carlson had 13 for Lathrop.
Lathrop's Terrell Ford, who had 13 points, hit two crucial free throws to give Lathrop a 56-54 lead with 16 seconds remaining despite the Wolfpack crowd at Lathrop.
But Daniel Hornbuckle nailed the clutch clutch with four seconds left and the Wolfpack escape with 57-56 win and the no.1 seed in this weekend's MAC tournament.