The Lansing area is still looking for its first basketball state champion since 2012, as Lansing Christian was knocked out by Buckley 68-61 in a Class D semifinal at the Breslin Center.

The Pilgrims held in punch for punch with Buckley throughout the game but the Bears held control throughout most of the game, Lansing Christian led for just 16 seconds coming late in the first half. The Pilgrims had the game within two points with less than a minute to go, but in the end Buckley made their free throws when it mattered late.

The Pilgrims shot better than the Bears from the field by a 46-43 percent margin, however the Pilgrims went 4-21 from three (19%), while the Bears went 37% from deep.

Lansing Christian was led by Preston Granger who despite being in foul trouble for parts of the night found enough floor time to put up 15 points on 6-8 shooting and grab eight rebounds. Forrest Bouyer was also terrific with 13 points on 5-9 shooting and Matt Havey added 10 points and went the distance (32 minutes) to round out the double figures players for Lansing Christian.

Buckley got a great performance out of Austin Harris who took the game over with 28 points, 10 rebounds and six assists in 31 minutes of floor time.

Buckley advances to play Powers North Central and their 82 game winning streak in boys basketball in a battle of unbeaten teams for the Class D crown.

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