The Warriors trailed by four, 47-43, but after a steal, Russo drilled a 3-pointer with 1:29 left, cutting Ford’s lead to one.
Another defensive stop followed, and Jeff Edwards, quiet in the Nazareth game, drove to the basket and converted a go-ahead lay-up with 34 seconds left.
Now in front 48-47, the Warriors again made a big stop on the defensive end. Forced to foul, Ford sent Taylor to the line with 11 seconds left, and after making the first free throws, Taylor missed the second – but got his own rebound and converted, and suddenly it was 51-47.
Oyola, named the tournament MVP, would drain two more free throws to seal the victory, one made possible by a defense that limited Ford to just five points in the fourth quarter.
Just as with Nazareth, Liverpool trailed most of the first half, taking a 26-22 deficit to the break, and was unable to solve Ford’s defense until the closing minutes. Edwards would finish with 16 points, while Oyola and Taylor got 12 points apiece. Russo added eight points.
Propelled to an 8-3 mark by the weekend sweep, Liverpool would return to the same area Tuesday to face Utica Proctor, trying to avenge an 81-60 defeat to the Raiders on Dec. 11. Yet another tough road game at Oswego follows on Friday night.