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Marcellus fights past Westhill in OT

Once again, the students were on the floor at Westhill High School Tuesday night, celebrating a key basketball victory in the heated OHSL Liberty division.

Only it was Marcellus students in the happy mood - and that was something that hadn't been seen in a while.

Erasing all kinds of recent frustrations in both basketball and football, the Mustangs beat the Warriors 47-45 in overtime, a game in doubt until the very last shot.

"It's nice to finally beat these guys," senior Will Fiacchi said. "And it's great for our team and our program."

Down by two with time running out in OT, Westhill set up Dan Ross from the left wing for a 3-point shot that could win it. Though not known as a strong perimeter shooter, Ross had an open look, took it - and it fell off the rim as the clock ran to zero.

So ended the Mustangs' second overtime victory over a big rival in a span of four days. It had required two OT's to beat Skaneateles 63-56 on Jan. 16.

This late-season surge, said head coach Jim Marsh, coincides with his team's return to full strength. At one point early this winter, Marcellus had just eight healthy and active players, but everyone is back now.

Less than two weeks earlier, Westhill had gone to Marcellus and edged the Mustangs 47-43, and it knew that, even back at home, the rematch would be just as tough.

But it didn't seem that way at the start, as the Warriors raced to a 20-9 lead early in the second quarter, pushed there by Mike McMullen, who had 10 of his points.

But McMullen only had one field goal the rest of the night, and Marcellus would use an 11-3 run to close within 23-20 by halftime.

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