Just when it seemed like No. 2 Williamsville South was going to run away with Thursday night’s heavyweight boys basketball clash at Park, the host Pioneers showed the Billies why they’re No. 1.
Park erased a 20-point deficit as its size and athleticism overcame some sizzling shooting and team basketball by its foe as the Pioneers handed South its first loss of the season, 70-64.
A sellout crowd of more than 400 watched this marquee nonleague clash between schools separated by roughly two miles of each other.
The Pioneers used an 11-2 run midway through the fourth quarter to take the lead for good. Back-to-back treys by Dan Scott and Noah Hutchins erased a 54-53 deficit. Hutchins capped the run with a trey to make it 64-56 with 2 minutes, 39 seconds left.
Records: Park improves to 9-1. Williamsville South falls to 7-1. Park is ranked first in the state, while South is ranked seventh.
Next: Williamsville South hosts Sweet Home on Friday, while Park faces News' No. 4 St. Francis on Wednesday.