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Stivers’ bid to shock unbeaten Deer Park unravels late

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.

»RELATED: Versailles falls to Cin. Madeira in D-III boys

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.

Stives coach Felix Turner consoles freshman Allen Lattimore. MARC PENDLETON / STAFF

»RELATED: Youthful Stivers streaks into D-III district final

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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.

»RELATED: Boys basketball district final schedule

Mark Wise led Deer Park with 24 points.

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