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Late free throws from White-Owens lead River Rouge to first regional title since 2002

Basketball   | Jeff Dullack

Late free throws from White-Owens lead River Rouge to first regional title since 2002

Dundee – With his team tied with Onsted tied at 44-44 with less than five minutes left to play, River Rouge coach Lamonta Stone made the decision for his team to try and hold the ball for the final shot.

Stone wanted the ball in the hands of his point guard, Darian White-Owens for the final shot.

While Onsted didn’t allow River Rouge to hold the ball for the final shot, White-Owens delivered in the clutch for the Panthers.

White-Owens knocked down all four of his free throw attempts in the final 40 seconds of Wednesday night’s Class B regional final at Dundee high school to give the Panthers a 49-44 win to advance to the Class B quarterfinals next week.

The junior point guard said that with his team playing in the regional final for the first time since 2004, he wanted to help lead the Panthers to their first Class B quarterfinals for the first time since 2002.

“The whole city came out to watch us,” he said. “We haven’t been this far in the last couple of years, so I wanted to leave a legacy, keep it (the season) going and make my free throw