Tigers nip Lancers in OT thriller but lose out in division title quest on tie-breaker
In a down to the wire overtime thriller, Lyndonville outlasted visiting Elba 56-50 this evening but due to the Genesee Region League’s tie-breaker system the Tigers finished second to the Lancers in the race for the Division 2 title.
In fact, it took the league’s third tie-breaker criteria to determine the division champion.
The first tie-breaker is overall league record and Lyndonville and Elba both finished at 12-2. The second tie breaker is head-to-head competition and the teams split their two meetings with Elba taking the first 58-56. The third, and deciding tie-breaker, is division record and Elba finished at 7-1 and Lyndonville at 6-2 in Division 2 as an early season 92-79 loss at Notre Dame ended up proving costly to the Tigers.
“It’s tough but it doesn’t take anything away from the game. Our kids played a solid game and I’m really proud of them,” said Lyndonville Coach Lee Dillenbeck in noting that he didn’t find out about the third tie-breaking criteria until after the game..
Elba sent the wild contest into overtime as Shane O’Halloran made two free throws with three seconds remaining to knot the contest at 50-50.
Elba almost pulled out the win in regulation as the Lancers got the ball right back off a turnover but a shot at the buzzer just missed.
Surviving that scare, Lyndonville then outscored Elba 6-0 in the four minute overtime period to claim the win on a jumper by Eric Neace followed by a rebound bucket and two free throws by Eddie Schildt.
Schildt finished with 14, Nick Hinkson 13, Neace 10, Zach Johnson 9, Corey Hydock 7 and Jacob Hoffee 3 for the Tigers.
Henry Pflaumer scored 12, O’Halloran and John Hocmuth 10, Tucker Bezon 8, Dakota Dillon 6 and Richard Flores and Andrew Gottler 2 for the Lancers.
Lyndonville jumped out to a 10-7 first quarter lead as Hinkson had a three and a rebound basket and Neace a pair of layups.
The Tigers then outscored the Lancers 16-8 in the second period to extend the advantage to 11, 26-15 at the half.
Three buckets by Schildt on two layups and a rebound ignited that Tigers scoring surge which also included a pair of threes by Johnson and a jumper and two free throws by Neace.
However, Elba came battling back by opening the third quarter with a 10-0 run to quickly slice the deficit to just one at 26-25. Bezon spearheaded that rally with 6 points.
Hoffee, Hinkson and Johnson then traded threes with Pflaumer, Dillon and O’Halloran during a wild stretch which saw the Lancers pull even twice, first at 34-34 and then at 37-37.
Lyndonville though emerged with a narrow 39-37 lead at the three-quarter mark after a jumper at the buzzer by Schildt.
The Tigers extended the lead a bit to four, 46-42, three minutes into the final period after a three by Hinkson.
However, Elba again came rallying back this time into a 48-46 lead with 2:45 remaining after back-to-back threes by O’Halloran and Pflaumer.
Lyndonville though answered back with a big three by Hydock to put the Tigers back up 49-48 with 23 seconds remaining.
A free throw by Hinkson gave the Tigers a 50-48 lead with 12 seconds to go but O’Halloran answered with two pressure free throws to pull the Lancers back even at 50-50 with three seconds to go, foul shots which ended up sending the contest into overtime.
Lyndonville finishes the regular seaon with a 16-4 overall record while Elba winds up at 18-2.