The Howell Highlanders boys basketball team defeated the Saginaw Trojans 57-56 in a Division 1 quarterfinal game held in Grand Blanc, Tuesday night.

Josh Palo hit the winning free throw with 2 seconds left to lift the Highlanders, who are now 20-5. Next up is a semifinal match-up against Ypsilanti Lincoln at noon Friday at the Breslin Center on Michigan State University's campus.

This is Howell's first appearance in the semifinals since they reached the Class B championship in 1927.