Someone was going to have their hearts broken at the end of Saturday afternoon's sensational Section VI Class A-2 final.
Jordan Barr made sure it wasn't Amherst that walked off the court disappointed.
The 6-foot-4 senior's buzzer-beating putback enabled the top-seeded Tigers to defeat South Park, 55-53, before an estimated 2,000.
Barr's basket enabled Amherst (20-3) to repeat as Class A-2 champions as it will face the Class A-1 champion on Tuesday for the classification's overall championship and berth into the New York State Public High Schools Athletic Association tournament.
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Barr's bucket capped a wild final minute in which South Park erased a four-point deficit to take a one-point lead after a three-pointer by Shakur Harris and a steal and layup by Jakari Woods in a span of 2 seconds. But Marcellus Cooper hit two free throws to give the Tigers the lead. Harris hit one of two free throws with 10.3 left to tie it one last time, setting the stage for Barr's game-winner – which came off a DeSean Ashley miss.
The loss by South Park (17-5) means this is the first time since 1977 that at least one Yale Cup team has failed to win a Section VI championship.
Barr, Cooper, Da'Shawn Hines and Will Alfieri each scored nine points to lead a balanced Amherst scoring attack.
Harris finished with 24 points for the Sparks, while Woods had 10.