Niagara County Community College (24-5) overcame an early 26-6 deficit Sunday and went on to defeat Genesee CC, 81-80, in overtime in the NJCAA Region III men’s basketball championship game in Sanborn. NCCC survived when a basket by Ladji Fofana of the the Cougars with 2 seconds left in the overtime was ruled a two instead of a three.
NCCC qualified for the NJCAA Division II National Tournament in Danville, Ill. March 21-25. Jamal Pollydore and Donel Cathcart (Cardinal O’Hara) led the Thunderwolves with 15 points each while Justin Alleyne-Washington had 14. Alleyne-Washington and Fausto Pichardo had 11 rebounds each for the winners.