Sass buzzer-beater puts Bears past Homer

Revived Chittenango boys also push Fulton to OT

— That double-overtime, 49-44 win by the Chittenango boys basketball team over Indian River on the night of Jan. 25 was more than two months in the making.

What the Bears didn’t want to do was have that night turn into the only winning moment of the winter, and it got another instant memory on the last night of January.

Against visiting Homer on Friday night, Chittenango was on the brink of heading into yet another OT game when Jordan Sass, with one big shot, changed all that and propelled the Bears past the Trojans 51-48.

During a wild second half, Chittenango, who led 24-19 at the break, went into a long slump that included just four points in the third quarter as Homer sped in front, 35-28, only to have Sass lead a fourth-quarter revival with 12 big points to give him 24 for the night.

That helped tie it, 48-48, and when the Bears inbounded the ball from the right corner with less than a second to play in regulation, Sass, from 25 feet out, got just enough time to launch a contested 3-pointer with a Homer defender in his face that found the net and won it.

Other than Sass, Joe Murray and Tim Jaquin led Chittenango with just six points apiece. For the stunned Trojans, Rex Ryan led the way with 20 points.

Two nights earlier, Chittenango got close to beating Fulton, but got pushed into overtime again and, on this occasion, couldn’t pull it out, taking a 53-49 defeat to the Red Raiders.

Through a tight first half, neither side could get away from each other. Chittenango, porous on defense early, changed that in the second quarter, holding Fulton to seven points as Connor Mills’ 3-pointer sparked a 7-0 run that created a 30-25 advantage at the break.

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