William Freeman hit four free throws in the final 19.4 seconds to help No. 1 ranked Baldwin seal a 58-52 win over the hosts and No. 3 ranked Miller Grove Wolverines on Wednesday night.
Baldwin took the lead with 1:30 to play in the first quarter on a three-point play by Shatavious Hogan to make it 11-8 heading into the second quarter.
The lead expanded to 25-16 at the half as Freeman made a steal and sank a three-pointer at the buzzer. Freeman gave Baldwin its biggest lead of the game with a three-pointer to make it 38-23 with 3:20 to go in the third quarter.
Miller Grove (15-6) struggled once again from the field going 13 of 37 in the first three quarters after going 3-20 in the first half of their win over Luella last Saturday found a 44-33 hole headed into the fourth quarter despite hitting four shots in the final 2:44 of the third quarter.
Tyreik Boyd’s drive and Jamarcus Glover’s offensive put back to start the fourth quarter gave the Wolverines some momentum. Kyair Greene followed with a turnaround jumper to pull his team within 44-39 with 5:40 to play.
Greene would score 13 points in the fourth quarter alone including the Wolverines’ next 11. His two free throws with 1:19 to play made it a one-point trailing 51-50.
Jacobi Nixon’s pull up jumper from inside the top of the key gave Baldwin a 53-50 cushion with 52 seconds to go in the game.
Miller Grove missed two shots on their end and Hogan was fouled on Baldwin’s end and went to the free-throw line for two shots as the Wolverines were over the limit. Both shots were no good and Miller Grove rebounded the ball, but a miscommunication led to the ball being thrown out of bounds under the basket.
Freeman was fouled and hit two free throws to make it 55-50. Boyd answered with a drive to the basket with 13.3 to play to again make it a one score game at 55-52.
Satcher hit the backend of a two-shot foul to lock the win with 12.8 seconds remaining with Baldwin up 56-52.
Boyd drove to the rim again and his shot was blocked. Baldwin (15-0) got the ball back and Freeman was fouled once again with 4.9 seconds to play. He sank both free throws to close out the 58-52 victory.
Zyair Greene completed his career with a 20-point night and has over 1,300 career points. Tyreik Boyd finished with 15 points for Miller Grove to join Greene in double figures.
William Freeman led Baldwin with 16 points followed by Rudolph Satcher and Lataveon Roach with 10 apiece.
DCSD STATE PLAYOFF RESULTS
ELITE 8 – QUARTERFINALS
Wednesday, Mar. 3
Class 4A Boys
Baldwin (15-0) 58, Miller Grove (15-5) 52
Class 2A Boys
Columbia (20-6) 49, Washington Co. (16-2) 47
Class 2A Girls
Butler (21-4) 56, Columbia (17-8) 55
DCSD STATE PLAYOFF SCHEDULE
FINAL FOUR – SEMIFINALS
Saturday, Mar. 6
Class 2A Boys
Columbia (20-6) at Lovett (20-7)