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Thursday May 13, 2021
Gladstone Boys Beat Negaunee In Overtime, 62-52

GLADSTONE---Hunter Potier scored 24 points and grabbed 15 rebounds as the Gladstone Braves coughed up a late lead but shut down the Negaunee Miners in overtime, 62-52, Tuesday night in Gladstone.  Cam Ballard added 18 points for the Braves,.

Negaunee got 22 points from Eli Loukkala, a Northern Michigan University recruit for football. He fouled out in the overtime period, after battling all night long with Potier, who's main sport is also football, and is being recruited by a number of colleges as a junior.

The Miners trailed by seven pounts in the final minute before Gerald Johnson nailed two triples as the Braves missed two big free throws, including the fronr end of a one-and-one by Rane Castor that would have sealed the win with five seconds to play.

Negaunee forced overtime in a split second. The Miners had 0.8 seconds left and inbounded just past the half court line. A cross court pass to a wide open Johnson, who buried the triple before racing across the court to celebrate with his teammates.

But the celebration was shortlived as Gladstone shut out Negaunee in the entire four minute overtime. Potier had the key "and-one" basket one minute into the extra session, and Ballard put it away with a pair of baskets and a defensive steal. Potier fouled out as well, but with less than a minute to play and Gladstone comfortably ahead by seven points.

Johnson added 21 points to go along with Loukkala's 22 for Negaunee.

Gladstone outscored Negaunee, 10-0, in the overtime period.

The Braves led, 12-6, after the first quarter, before the Miners closed to within 20-19 at halftime. Gladstone built a 37-32 lead going into the fourth quarter, but it stayed close down the stretch until the Miners tied it on Johnson's buzzer beater.

The Braves have two big Great Northern Conference games ahead, both of them on the road, Friday night in Menominee and Saturday afternoon in Marquette.

Click the thumbnails in the ARTICLE HIGHLIGHTS box above to see photos and videos, and for Potier's post-game interview.

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