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Burghers prevail in clutch overtime battle

BOLTON LANDING - A barrage of three pointers, key clutch plays and one-sided foul problems defined a boys basketball game Monday that was decided twice in a final moment - bringing fans and coaches to their feet.

Trailing in both regulation with just seconds on the clock - and then in overtime with milliseconds remaining, Warrensburg fought back and managed to win by one point over the Bolton Eagles in a 67-66 basketball game that launched the 2009 season for both teams.

While at times Warrensburg was winning by as many as 10 to 12 points, Bolton fought back through the contest by sinking a total of 11 three-pointers which gave them the lead in both regulation, then in overtime with seconds to go.

In regulation play, Bolton's torrent of threes put them ahead by a comfortable margin while only seconds remained.

"It looked very grim at this point," Burgher Coach Rich Schloss said after the game.

Down 6 points with 6 seconds left, Burgher Junior Mike Curtis then sank a three-pointer, Bolton answered back with a basket, the Burghers fouled on purpose and retrieved the ball, and Burgher Senior Brendan Frye hit a second three - then Frye made two foul shots with a mere 1.1 seconds on the clock to send the game into a four-minute overtime.

While the lead changed hands in this four-minute extra session, Bolton was again on top as the final seconds counted down.

Eagle senior Dom Pfau drove to the basket but was fouled, and his shot put Bolton up by one point with 9.8 seconds to go. Burgher Senior Mike Perrone shot a jumper from the corner but it was long, teammate Ryan Belden rebounded then threw up a Hail Mary under the basket - it came up short - but junior John Joseph rebounded it, tipping it in as the buzzer sounded.

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