Henninger drops AA final thriller to Utica Proctor

Delee 3-pointer to win it at buzzer rims out

— Henninger nudged out in front, though, pushed by Ahmad McKinney's six early points. McKinney had replaced Tommie Spinner in the starting lineup late in the season, and the 6-4 junior has gradually seen his offensive numbers improve.

Proctor countered with Maurice Mills, as the 6-5 senior forward earned six straight points late in the period, keeping the Raiders within sight, 15-11, going into the second quarter.

During that period, the Black Knights led by as much as seven, 22-15, with eight points from Marquies Young to complement the work of McKinney. Henninger could not hit outside shots, though, and the Raiders again chipped away at the margin, going to the break only trailing by one, 28-27.

And that momentum carried over into the early part of the second half, when Proctor caught up and moved ahead, 33-30, on Lavoy Leggett's 3-pointer, but again the real story was on the defensive side.

The Black Knights had just one field goal in the third quarter, shut down by an aggressive, physical Raider defense. Chris Hicks' free throw broke a drought that nearly stretched six minutes, but Proctor, getting seven points from Leggett in the quarter, led 38-31 going to the fourth quarter.

Saroney said that Henninger initially handled Proctor's switch to a 2-3 zone well, but by the third period struggled more against it, settling for jump shots instead of finding success inside.

As the Black Knights tried to rally in the fourth quarter, Proctor's J'von Evans would step up. Twice, the 5-8 junior drained timely 3-pointers, the latter coming as the shot clock was running out, which expanded the margin to 44-37 with three minutes to play.

Henninger fought back, as baskets by Young and Chisholm cut it to 44-41 with 1:45 left. Again, though, the Raiders had an answer, as Leggett hit an off-balance leaner and, on the other end, forced a Black Knights turnover.

But after not hitting a 3-pointer all game, Delee finally connected beyond the arc with 52 seconds to play, making it 46-44. When Henninger's pressure forced another turnover, a pulse-pound finish was assured - one that would go in Proctor's favor.

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