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Simonds' steal in closing seconds lifts Gainesville boys to 58-57 win over Salem in region tourney
Big Red secures state berth; Flowery Branch boys fall to Cedar Shoals
Salem's Mike Green guards Gainesville's D'Marcus Simonds as Simonds goes in for a layup during the Red Elephants' 58-57 win in the Region 8-AAAAA quarterfinals on Wednesday at Gainesville High. - photo by Erin O. Smith
As the finals seconds ticked off the clock, D’Marcus Simonds recognized what was coming and reacted. His quick thinking might have saved Gainesville’s season. With the Red Elephants clinging to a one-point lead, Simonds picked off a Salem pass near mid-court and drew a foul with 2.9 seconds remaining.
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