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Updated: 02/24/2018 08:30:01AM

Via’s overtime jumper sends North Port to regional semifinals

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SUN PHOTO BY KAT GODINA

North Port's Aaron Dismukes goes up for the dunk over Venice's Reese Jackowiak during Thursday's regional game.

SUN PHOTO BY KAT GODINA

North Port's Ben Via goes to the hoop during Thursday's regional game against Venice.

By JOHN VITTAS

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NORTH PORT — Ben Via owned the final seconds Thursday, making the defining plays before the buzzer in both regulation and overtime to propel North Port past Venice 56-55 and send the Bobcats into the regional semifinals.

Via scored 11 of his 18 points in the fourth quarter or overtime, nailing a heavily-contested elbow jumper with five second remaining in overtime to put North Port in front for good.

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