PELHAM, N.Y. Eastchesters Jack Daly had fouled out of the game against Pelham on Thursday, so the Eagles boys' basketball team did not have one of its best players in overtime.
That made Pelham coach Mark Finegans job much easier.
Youre worrying about one guy instead of two, Finegan said in reference to Eastchesters best players, Daly and David Solano. He was handling it. He looked like Steve Nash against the Knicks last night. When he went down, it made it real tough for them.
The Pelicans found themselves ahead and behind by large margins against Eastchester, but at the end of overtime, Pelham was ahead when it counted.
The Pelicans (8-5) outlasted the Eagles, 71-65, in a back and forth contest that saw huge runs by each team at different points.
Pelham led 26-15 in the second quarter but Eastchester tied the game at 28 at halftime. Pelham jumped in front again at the end of the third quarter with a 45-37 advantage.
But the Eagles refused to quit and went on a 17-0 run to take a 54-45 lead. Eastchester led by nine at 56-47, but Pelham cut the lead to three at 60-57.
Pelham committed a foul on a potential steal attempt with 42 seconds left, and Daly hit one of two free throws to put Eastchester ahead by four. The Pelicans then sank two free throws of their own and fouled Daly.
The star sophomore missed both free throws and promptly fouled out of the game. Matt Henson then sank two free throws for Pelham to tie the game at 61.
Eastchester turned the ball over after a timeout and Pelham could not convert its scoring chances to win the game in regulation. Nevertheless, the Pelicans outscored the Eagles, 10-4, in the extra period to earn the win.
Several weeks ago, Pelham was 1-3 and may not have won a game like this. But Finegan said the tone of his locker room has changed, particularly in the last week.
It was kind of a fractured team, Finegan said. Theyve really come together here.
Henson finished the game with 23 points, 19 of them in the fourth quarter and overtime, to lead Pelham. Keshaun Stallworth, whose return Finegan credited with helping to invigorate the team, and Lance Stokes added 18 and 13 points, respectively.
Daly led Eastchester with 28 points while Solano had 25.
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