Guard Craig Thompson was just looking to make a nice pass but got more than he bargained for.
With eight seconds left and his team trailing, 37-36, the JFK senior took a pass on the wing and alley-opped it toward teammate Tony Wojtusiak, who was coming off a back screen. Instead, the pass ripped through the net and the Bears were soon celebrating a 39-37 win over Holland in ECIC IV.
"If the pass was where it should have been, Tony probably would have just laid it in. He was wide open," said JFK coach Tony Krupski. "It was very shocking and pretty surreal."
Thompson scored seven of his 10 points in the fourth quarter while Wojtusiak and Joe Laurie combined for 18. Holland was led by Bob Makin's 10 points.
Mack Lambert had six blocks to go with 15 points and Aaron Williamson had 14 points and 13 rebounds in Alden's 68-41 win over Eden.
ECIC I: Andy Buyea made two free throws with seven seconds left to give his team a four-point lead as Orchard Park beat Sweet Home, 62-61. Sweet Home's Quentin Hudson made a three-pointer with one second left for the final score. Craig Schultz of OP had 21 points, including 9 of 10 from the line and four threes.
Jeremy Kelley scored 16 of his 22 points in the second quarter as West Seneca West rode a 16-point halftime lead and beat Clarence, 64-50. Scott MacBeth of Clarence led all scorers with 23 points.
ECIC II: Williamsville East outscored Hamburg, 21-11, in the fourth quarter to put the final touches on a 65-54 win. Brian Wallden had 22 points and 20 rebounds for the Flames (9-1). Cris Mims' 18 led the Bulldogs.
Sophomore Jake Fladd had 18 points and Hector Rosas added 17 as Lake Shore beat Iroquois, 53-46.
ECIC III: Matt Mohr had 13 points and 10 rebounds as Maryvale beat Starpoint, 69-44, to clinch at least a tie for a second straight ECIC III title.
Eric Wild had 21 points as Depew hit nine three-pointers in a 64-48 win over Tonawanda. Josh Smith tossed in 21 for the Warriors.
Monsignor Martin Association: Dyrell Dolson had 25 points and 12 rebounds as Niagara Catholic won its seventh in a row, beating Cardinal O'Hara, 78-63.
Niagara-Orleans League: Bryce Raduns scored five points in the game's last eight seconds as Akron beat Roy-Hart, 52-48.
CCIAC I: Olean held off Falconer, 54-48, to run its record to 19-0, 11-0. A.J. McFadden had 20 points and Brian Shoup added 13 with 10 rebounds for the Huskies.
Nonleague: Ann Cassell had a career-high 28 points for Holy Angels in a 77-68 loss at Rochester Mercy. "They couldn't stop her. They tried a box-and-one and she still got her shot off," said Angels coach Fran Snyder.
The game was tied at 35-35 at the half and was 47-47 in the third quarter before Mercy went on a 9-0 run. "It was our best game of the year," said Snyder. "Obviously, we'd like our defense to be better, but it was up-and-down, both teams hitting threes, a lot of really good plays."
Immaculata, down three at halftime, went on a 22-4 run and beat Villa Maria, 44-33. Justine Smith led the Bears (17-4) with 13 points.
Sarah Houseknecht had 18 points and 10 rebounds for her 12th double-double as Portville won its eighth in a row, beating Gowanda, 51-30.
Niagara Frontier: Emily Thompson poured in 28 points and had 12 rebounds as Niagara Falls downed Lew-Port, 63-45. Caitlin Moreland led the Lancers with 26 points.
ECIC Interdivision: Kayla Mahiques had 27 points, nine steals and eight blocks as Lake Shore downed Lackawanna, 73-66. Angel Clark of the Steelers had 33 points.
Federation: Alex Durinka scored the game-winner as Williamsville East beat Williamsville South, 3-2, to keep its hopes alive for the division title and a state playoff berth. The Flames scored all their goals in the second period. Durinka's goal came with 3:21 left, on assists from Anthony Clair and Kyle Smith. Jason Tartick and Clair scored power-play goals. Tom Tysowsky had 29 saves for the Billies.
Kenmore West topped St. Joe's, 3-1, to earn its first division win since joining the league five years ago. Nick Panepinto and Mike Vasquez each had one goal and two assists.