SHRUB OAK, NY – Wins haven’t come easy for the Lourdes boys basketball team this season, and the ones the Warriors have gotten, the boys have had to work extra hard for. Wednesday’s game against Lakeland was a good example of that, and showed the tenacity of this year’s inexperienced varsity team. Lourdes senior guard Joe Heavey is the only returning starter from a team that went all the way to the New York State Final Fours last season.
Lourdes looked good in the early going, leading 28-20 at halftime, but Lakeland mounted a pretty significant comeback and before you knew it – the Hornets had a six point lead with just 1:24 remaining in regulation. But the road Warriors clawed back when Chris Salotto hit a clutch three pointer and Tanner Broughton drove in for a layup to tie the game at 57 when the final buzzer sounded. Broughton led all scorers with 26 points.
In the first overtime period, Heavey got things started with a 3 pointer, but then fouled out of the game midway through the first OT session. Lourdes led 67-64 but Jack Kruse hit a three pointer with seconds on the clock to tie the game and force a second overtime.
In the second OT, James Page stepped up with six points to help Lourdes maintain a lead and finish the Hornets with an 81-75 win for the Warriors third win of the season.
Chris Salotto finished with 16 points, George Siegrist had a double double with 12 points and 10 rebounds.
“This was a good win for us and gets us closer to a post season bid”, said Lourdes head coach Jim Santoro. “Chris Salotto was the key to tonight’s win, controlling the offense and setting the tone defensively”