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Varsity Basketball Rallies in Final Minutes To Beat Hillside at the Buzzer

Pete Sanderson
The Varsity Basketball team was on the road again Wednesday to take on a very talented team from Hillside. It was clear from the start of this game that Fessy was in for a challenging afternoon as Hillside came out on fire from the beyond the arch in the first half. At the 10 minute mark the Bears had battled back to take an 11 point lead only to see Hillside flip the switch again, going on extended run to take the lead by 6 at halftime. Hillside led the entire second half as they continued to hit difficult shots. With 2:00 minutes to go Fessy was down by 10, but several 3 pointers by Nigel J. and Alex E. coupled with some missed free throws by Hillside saw the Bears with the ball down 2 points with 19 seconds on the clock. After a time out, Nigel got a good look at a three with about 6 seconds left, but it wouldn't go down....but Borja H. grabbed the offensive rebound and kicked it back to Nigel who hit an off balance fall away three at the buzzer to give Fessy the win 66-65. It was a tremendously exciting finish and my hats to our players for hanging tough all game and never giving up.  It was only fitting that Nigel J. hit the game winner as he had a special performance with 35 points, 6 assists and 3 steals to dominate in this contest.  Borja H. kept us close in this game under the basket with 16 points and 13 rebounds, while Alex E. played lock down defense on some of their best players and chipped in 11 points and 7 rebounds.

The team will be back on the road Friday traveling to CT to take on Putnam Science.
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