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Late 3 lifts Auburn to win over East; L-W knocks off Pec

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ROCKFORD (WREX) — After struggling for much of the game, Auburn sophomore Javante Mackey came up big when his team needed it most, drilling a deep 3-pointer to give Auburn a 59-58 lead with 1.6 seconds remaining, eventually resulting in a 60-58 Auburn win over East.

The Knights took a 3 point lead into halftime thanks to a Haniefe Johnson buzzer-beater to make it 31-28 Auburn. Johnson finished with a game-high 21 points. But East went on an 11-0 run to take the lead to start the 3rd quarter. Auburn battled back to even things at 44 late in the 3rd, but East took a 7 point lead at 58-51 with 3:30 to play. The Knights kept fighting, with Johnson and Javin Davis making some key plays down the stretch. After the E-Rabs missed the front end of a bonus free throw, the Knights came down the court and found Mackey from long range for the win. The win keeps Auburn a game behind Boylan in the NIC-10 standings.

Around the NIC-10, Boylan beat Belvidere, 68-48. Jefferson sits alone in 3rd place after beating Belvidere North, 58-46. Hononegah defeated Freeport, 62-57, while Harlem knocked off Guilford, 55-44.

In the NUIC North, Lena-Winslow knocked off Pecatonica, 61-56, in a battle for 2nd place in the conference.

Derek Bayne

Derek Bayne joined 13 WREX as the sports director in December of 2011. He grew up in the Chicago suburbs and moved back to Illinois after working several years in North Carolina. For any sports story ideas or tips, you can email dbayne@wrex.com.

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