BERKELEY -- Wahied Emran banked in a bucket with about three seconds to go to allow the Deer Valley High boys basketball team to gut out a 55-54 win over Newark Memorial in the final game of the Martin Luther King Jr. Classic at Haas Pavilion.

Deer Valley (15-4) stormed out in front early with a 17-0 run in the first quarter that built a 19-6 advantage. Newark (9-7) climbed back in it with a solid second quarter and trailed 31-27 at halftime.

The Wolverines still led by four entering the fourth quarter and pushed the lead to 43-36 early in the period. The Cougars responded with a 9-0 run and took a 45-43 lead with about five minutes left on a bucket by Mathew Thomas.

Newark took a 52-48 lead into the final minute, but Deer Valley scored five straight to regain the advantage. The Wolverines took the lead on a putback with 18 seconds left by Kentucky-bound Marcus Lee.

The Cougars pulled back ahead with 11.5 left on two free throws by Jo Jo Zomora. Deer Valley called a time out to set the up the final play. The Wolverines nearly turned it over, but Emran got his hands on the loose ball and flipped in a shot from inside the key for the game-winner.

Lee finished with 20 points to lead Deer Valley and Zamora paced Newark with 22.



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