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GAME OF THE WEEK : Dorsey Sweeps to Overtime Win Over Crenshaw, 80-77 : Basketball: The Dons beat the Cougars for the second time this season. It's only the fifth loss at home for Crenshaw in 25 years.

February 12, 1995|CHARLES SMITH | SPECIAL TO THE TIMES

If an athlete is lucky, once in his career he will live out his sports fantasy during a real-game situation.

Dorsey High's Verdell Baskin experienced his Friday as he stood poised at the free-throw line, set to seal a victory against cross-town rival Crenshaw.

"I worked all summer on shooting free throws to prepare for a moment like this," Baskin said. "All that work motivated me to make those free throws."

Baskin sank both free throws with three seconds left in overtime to give Dorsey an 80-77 Southern Pacific win and a regular-season sweep of the Cougars.

The loss at home was only Crenshaw's fifth in 25 years. Dorsey last beat Crenshaw, 78-65, on Feb. 1.

"I came to Dorsey from Locke because I wanted to play against the Crenshaws, the Bannings and the Carsons," said Baskin, who made three of four free throws in overtime.

"Now we have proven twice that Crenshaw can't hold us."

Crenshaw had one last chance to win the game but Lamar Van Scriver's three-point shot ricocheted off the back of the rim at the buzzer.

"We won this game by luck," Dorsey coach Kevin Gibson said. "The sweep feels great but we can't lose focus and continue to be an up-and-down team."

Dorsey finished the regular season at 13-9.

Antonio Simpson did his best to keep the streak alive, scoring a game-high 32 points including a jump shot with five seconds remaining in regulation to send the game into overtime.

"I'm the captain and I have to provide the leadership," said Simpson, who scored 14 of Crenshaw's 27 third-quarter points.

Simpson, who made six of eight three-pointers in the game, made four in the third quarter, the last gave Crenshaw a, 44-42, lead late in the third quarter.

"I had to step up with Ronnie (Arch) struggling," Simpson said.

Arch, who was held scoreless in the fourth quarter and overtime, finished the game with 11 points.

Charles Johnson had a big game for Dorsey with 22 points and 10 rebounds.

Johnson scored six points in the first quarter as the Dons jumped out to an early 14-7 lead.

Mack West and Jason Howzell had 13 points each for the Dons.

Records: Dorsey 13-9; Crenshaw 19-5.

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