True, it took a while. And true, it involved weeks worth of missed opportunities on both ends, from both sides.
But the Marcellus boys basketball team eventually earned what it had waited 43 days to get - namely, payback against archrival Skaneateles.
Doing it required the Mustangs to go through two overtimes before it finally got past the Lakers 63-56 Saturday during the annual Coaches vs. Cancer Challenge at Onondaga Community College.
Yet even a pair of extra periods was tolerable enough, so long as Marcellus avoided the same painful fate of that Dec. 11 encounter in Skaneateles, when it led by 10 with less than two minutes to play, but somehow lost 59-57 when the Lakers scored the game's final 12 points.
Since then, Skaneateles had not lost, moving to 11-1 and tying Bishop Grimes and Westhill for first place in the OHSL Liberty division. Marcellus, meanwhile, had struggled to 8-5 and had endured a long stretch without injured point guard Will Nolan.
Now that Nolan was back in the fold and back in rhythm with his teammates, Marcellus was ready to face Skaneateles again, but had no idea how hard the work would be.
They traded runs throughout the first half, the Lakers leading 7-2 before the Mustangs went on a 10-0 run, seven of the points coming from Will Fiacchi. Marcellus led by as many as five in the first half and took a 25-22 edge to the break.
Throughout an uneven second half, neither team would trail by more than three points, thereby avoiding the extremes of the first meeting as the lead switched hands 12 times.
Another turnover by the Mustangs set up Kevin Rice for a pair of tying free throws with 38.1 seconds left in regulation to make it 43-43. And that's where the crazy stuff started.