Lakers beaten in double-OT semifinal epic

Through a tense final period, neither side could get away, the defenses assuming control as points became precious. As regulation time wound down, chances to win the game faltered, and at 51-51, the two sides entered overtime.

Again, it looked like Skaneateles would win. Both Paul O'Donnell, who finished with 18 points, and Pat Roberts, who finished with 14 points, fouled out, but still the Lakers seized a 60-57 lead and needed just one more defensive stop to close Grimes out.

Skaneateles smothered Stone, making sure he didn't get a look -- but forward Mike Sugamosto took full advantage and took an open 3-pointer with nine seconds left. He made it, sending the game to a second OT - -- at the same OCC venue where Skaneateles lost to Marcellus in a double-OT game a month ago.

Without Roberts or O'Donnell to stop him, Sugamosto took over in the second OT, getting six of Grimes' first eight points in that frame. When the Lakers tried to rally once more, Stone used a pair of free throws with two seconds left to clinch it.

All told, Sugamosto had a triple-double of 23 points, 17 rebounds and 10 blocks, while Stone earned 22 points. Roberts and O'Donnell had to be good because Kevin Rice, who finished with 13 points, never quite got on track as Zach Brownlee added seven points and Brandon Barron picked up six points.

Skaneateles finished 16-5, and three of those losses were to Grimes. With only Tom Schoener and Kyle McQuiggan departing, the Lakers will be a heavy championship favorite in 2010-11 as long as Rice, Roberts, O'Donnell, Brownlee and Barron stay around.

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