ELY -- Leonard Langdon scored 20 points to lead the Central Lakes College men's basketball team but it was his four points in the last 11 seconds that were the difference in the Raiders' 74-73 victory over the Vermilion Ironmen Saturday.
The victory lifted CLC to the undisputed lead of the North Division with a 6-0 mark.
Mike Pater added 12 points, Andy Schmitz 11 and Chris Metcalf 10 as CLC, 14-4 overall, won its seventh straight game.
In the first half, the Raiders overcame Vermilion's 12-point lead by taking a timeout to regroup. The Raiders got back on track with a 17-3 run to finish the first half with a 39-37 lead.
Vermilion stormed to a seven-point lead in the second half and forced the Raiders to chip away. The Raiders' Chris Metcalf scored six straight to cut the deficit to 73-70.
With less than a minute remaining, the Raiders were forced to foul and Vermilion missed the front end of a one-and-one.
With 20 seconds left, Langdon took a feed from Schmitz, made a layup and was fouled. Langdon missed the free throw, but after a scramble in which three different Raiders tipped the ball, Langdon came up with the ball and hit a six-foot fadeaway jump shot with six seconds remaining for the final score. Vermilion's final shot hit the rim as time expired.
Raiders coach Jim Russell was proud of CLC's road win.
"It's a tough crowd," he said. "They have a big fan base that gets really loud."
Russell also mentioned that his team has been "fun to watch because we've had a different leader in each game. They all get along so well and have fun playing together. We had a lot of ups and down during the game, but at the end we did we what we needed to do to win."
CLC's Deejay Mayfield did not play due to an ankle injury.
Central Lakes 39 35 74
Vermilion 37 36 73
Adam Carson 4, Travis Krenske 8, Andy Schmitz 11, Louis Roseman 9, Chris Metcalf 10, Mike Pater 12, Leonard Langdon 20. Team totals: FG 29-57 (51 percent), FT 13-15 (87 percent). 3-point baskets: (Krenske 2, Schmitz 1). Conference -- 6-0. Overall -- 14-4. Next game: vs. Hibbing 8 p.m. Wednesday.
Team totals: FG 30-48 (63 percent), FT 10-13 (77 percent). 3-point baskets: 3.
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