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Comeback OT win sends Lakers to sectional final

Skaneateles defense key as it beats South Jefferson

Skaneateles junior forward Chris Knupp (44) leans in over South Jefferson's William Beese (24) to take a shot in Sunday's Class B semifinal. Knupp led his team with 21 points as the Lakers rallied to beat the top-seeded Spartans 58-52 in overtime.

Skaneateles junior forward Chris Knupp (44) leans in over South Jefferson's William Beese (24) to take a shot in Sunday's Class B semifinal. Knupp led his team with 21 points as the Lakers rallied to beat the top-seeded Spartans 58-52 in overtime. Bob Atkinson

— Jones' free throw early in the OT gave Skaneateles its first lead all afternoon. And after William Beese hit a basket to briefly put South Jefferson back in front, Gardner's rebound basket gave the Lakers a 50-49 edge, and it never trailed again.

Knupp, who led with 21 points, got a big basket with 1:06 left that made it 52-49, and freshman Bobby Leslie's leaner extended the lead to five, the last of his 14 points on the day. It was Brownlee capping it off by making all four of the free throws he attempted in the waning seconds.

In the Class B final at the Dome, Skaneateles (16-5) will face no. 2 seed Westhill, who beat Clinton 62-49 in the other semifinal. They met way back on Dec. 5 in the season opener, won by the Warriors 58-43, and Westhill also beat the Lakers in the 2011 sectional final.

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