WATERLOO — The Clyde-Savannah boys basketball team, ranked No. 1 in the state in Class C, faced a familiar foe — make that rival — in Monday’s Class C2 semifinal game at Waterloo High School.
The top-seeded Golden Eagles topped No. 4 Lyons twice during the regular season, but their Wayne County neighbor gave No. 1 all they could handle.
Lyons led late in the third quarter, but Clyde-Savannah used a 13-0 run to pull out a 47-43 victory.
“I think that we just decided to turn up the pressure,” Clyde-Savannah coach Tim Jackson Sr. said. “Lyons did a heck of a job. For us to get back in it, we buckled down and played defense. We needed this game going forward.”
The Golden Eagles (20-0) will take on second-seeded Cal-Mum in Saturday’s final at the Blue Cross Arena at 1 p.m.
Joemaine Bogan powered Clyde-Savannah with 20 points, while Joe Faniel chipped in 16.
D.J. Long paced Lyons with 19 points. Damien Scott added 12.
The Lions led 30-27 late in the third after a steal and layup by Long. But Bogan and Faniel combined for the final eight points of the quarter to give Clyde-Savannah a 35-30 edge.
Michael Turner extended the run with a basket to start the fourth. Following a foul shot, Bogan hit a jumper to make it 13 straight points and give the Golden Eagles a 10-point advantage with 6:06 to go.
Chris Peay ended the run with a layup for the Lions, who finish 13-7.
“They just bothered us all game with their pressure, and ball handling-wise, we have some youth out there,” Lyons coach Zac Young said. “The great thing about Lyons kids, in my opinion, is that they don’t look at the record. They are going to come out and ball, and we did. I couldn’t really ask defensively for anything else, we just came up a little short.”
Lyons went on a scoring stretch of its own in the fourth with eight consecutive points. Justin Olson nailed a 3-pointer to cut the deficit to 40-38 with under four minutes to go.
Later, Cal Felker hit a pair of foul shots with under a minute left to push Clyde-Savannah’s lead to five, 46-41.
Scott sank two free throws and the Lions forced a turnover to set up two missed shots and a foul shot by Faniel that finished the game.