Stivers’ bid to shock the Division III boys basketball world came tantalizing close until unraveling in the final minutes as unbeaten Cincinnati Deer Park rallied for a 72-63 district final win on Wednesday night at the University of Dayton Arena.
Stivers (12-14) was a monumental underdog but led the Wildcats throughout, including early in the fourth quarter. But Deer Park ended on a 9-2 run to derail the youthful Dayton City League member.
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Deer Park (25-0) will play Cin. Purcell Marion (20-6) of the GCL Co-Ed Central in a D-III regional semifinal at 5:30 Wednesday at Fairmont Trent Arena in Kettering. Purcell Marion advanced with a 78-65 defeat of Anna on Tuesday. In other regional semi at 8 p.m. that night it’s Cin. Madeira (18-7) vs. Cin. North College Hill (22-2).
Cin. Madeira defeated Versailles 57-51 in Wednesday’s D-III district final opener. Fenwick played Dunbar in a D-II sectional final in the last of the tripleheader.
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Sophomore Trevon Ellis led Stivers with 19 points. Another sophomore, Da’Juan Allen added 14 points and freshman Allen Lattimore 12.
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Mark Wise led Deer Park with 24 points.
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