Uniondale holds off Bay Shore in double OT
If non-league games don't mean anything in terms of playoff impact late in the season, no one told Bay Shore and Uniondale about it.
In what could be seen as a potential Long Island Championship clash, the Knights and Marauders played at a pace so desperate and frenetic that one could be mistaken it was March as Uniondale edged Bay Shore, 66-63 in a double overtime non-league contest.
For the first 30 minutes of regulaiton, it looked as if Uniondale would cruise to a come-from-behind victory. The Knights had a 49-43 lead late in the fourth quarter, which shrunk to 50-47 with four seconds left.
Then the dramatics started.
Gerrell Irvin crossed over the mid-court stripe and just avoided a back-court violation before dishing the ball off to Bryson Lassiter.
The 5-foot-7 senior took a few strides before heaving a 40-foot three pointer to tie the game at the buzzer.
Lassiter had only five points at the time, and before fouling out in the first overtime finished with 13 points. Bay Shore took a 59-56 lead into the waning seconds of the first overtime until Uniondale's Tahreek Hodge played the hero this time. Hodge was left wide open in the far corner and drained a three-pointer with six seconds remaining to send the game into a second overtime.
Jerel McGary took over in the second extra frame, finishing with 17 points and converting his last 6 free throw attempts in both overtimes to ice things for the Knights. Aaron Cust led Uniondale with 24 points and had to exit the game in the fourth quarter due to an ankle injury.
Jason Wright led all Marauders with 20 points.