Westwood's Kevin Millimaki (42) eludes the long arm of Stephenson center Mark Simon (44) to collect two points during second-half action in Saturday’s Class C regional final at Northern Michigan University's Hedgcock Fleldhouse. The Patriots made up a seven-point deficit in the game’s final minute to force an overtime, but Stephenson came away with a 68-66 triumph. (Journal photo by John Wallace).Each year, "March Madness" brings a new group of candidates for "greatest" game ever. It would be impossible to select only one as better than any other, but some have a significance that reaches far beyond the game itself. Such was the case of the 1981 Class C Regional between Stephenson and Ishpeming Westwood.
By Jason Juno, Ironwood Daily Globe
All signs pointed to the Cedarville Trojans girls basketball team going downstate in 2009. They advanced to the MHSAA Class D state semifinal the year before. They had the all-state player. They had the 15-point lead, 44-29, in the second half of the state quarterfinal on March 17 at Negaunee's Lakeview Gym.
But the Ontonagon Gladiators didn't get the memo, despite being the team trailing by that staggering 15-point total. Ontonagon had trailed multiple times in the tournament already, though, and survived each time. None of the deficits had been this perilous.