For the second straight KLAA Central Division boys basketball game, Northville found itself on the wrong end of a another last-second shot.
On Friday, the Mustangs fell 47-46 to Salem on a free throw with only three seconds remaining.
And they suffered another painful setback Tuesday when Livonia Stevenson senior guard Noah Campbell double-clutched and threw up a desperation three-pointer from the left wing with only one second left to give the visiting Spartans a 66-65 victory.
Campbell finished with a game-high 26 points as did Northville senior guard David Morrissey.
Jacob Dollar and Jalen Webber chipped in with 18 and nine, respectively, for the Spartans, who improved to 4-3 overall and 2-0 in the division.
Senior center Ryan Roberts added 17 points for the Mustangs (5-3, 0-2).
NOVI 54, SOUTH LYON 39: On Tuesday, senior forward Brad Dotinga scored 10 of his game-high 19 points in the final quarter as the Wildcats (5-2, 2-0) posted the KLAA Central Division triumph over the host Lions (1-7, 0-2).
Junior forward Naji Ozeir added eight points for Novi, which led 25-18 at halftime and 40-30 after three quarters. The Wildcats, however, struggled at the foul line going 10-for-19 (52.6 percent).
“I thought our defense set the tempo for us,” Novi coach Brandon Sinawi said. “I don’t know how many turnovers exactly that we caused, but we had a lot of hits on balls, hands on balls and got a lot of fast-break opportunities. Our defense led to a lot of easy baskets for us in transition and really opened up the game a little bit.”
Luke Wolfe scored 11 points for South Lyon, which made 10-of-13 free throws (76.9 percent).
“South Lyon, like they always do, made a run on us,” Sinawi said. “They do a good job with their half-court defense and tightened us up a little bit, but just overall I thought our defense really stepped up. Wolfe is a good athlete and a good scorer. To hold him to 11 and keep (Anton) Skupin off the boards was big for us and a great job.”