East Syracuse Another day, and another Bishop Grimes basketball 3-point right at the end of regulation that denied a victory to Marcellus.
This time, it was Tom Steinberg and the boys Cobras providing the late-game magic, and though it required two overtimes, rather than one, the boys replicated their female counterparts and pulled it out at home on Friday night, winning by a score of 78-74.
That it took so long wasn't too much of a surprise, since neither team had a lead larger than six points the entire game. That it was Steinberg making the difference made perfect sense, though, since he had missed the Cobras' first meeting with Marcellus, a 63-56 loss on Dec. 17.
In the rematch, Marcellus held a 57-54 lead with 14.9 seconds left in the fourth quarter as Jordan Bandera and Mike Dillon had made four consecutive free throws to erase Grimes' modest 54-53 lead, typical of the game's back-and-forth nature.
On the ensuing possession, Grimes looked for an open shot of any type, but found little against the Mustangs' tight man-to-man coverage. Finally, Steinberg, from the left point, leaned in for a 3-pointer with a defender in his face - and sank it, tying the game 57-57.
It was eerily similar to what had taken place the night before in the girls game between Grimes and Marcellus. There, too, the Cobars needed a 3-pointer at the end of regulation (from Teresa Shattuck) to force overtime, where it eventually won by a 75-69 margin.
One OT period would not be enough here, though. Steinberg's free throws late in the first extra period tied it again, 64-64, and when Joe Arrigo got a steal and was fouled with 6.5 seconds left, he had two free throws to put Grimes ahead, but missed them both.
Now it went to a second OT, and Arrigo more than made up for his earlier miss by draining a 3-pointer with 1:03 left to create yet another tie at 71-71. After Mike Hastings missed a jumper, Steinberg, again from the left side, sank a jumper with 18 seconds left, putting the Cobras ahead for good.