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Boys basketball: Bishop's three ends thriller

Ballston Spa rallies past Colonie in final seconds

Drew Bishop saved his biggest three-point shot for the end.

The senior guard drained a shot from behind the three-point line with two seconds left to lift Ballston Spa to a 38-37 Suburban Council victory over Colonie Friday.

"(The win is) so important," said Bishop. "We're trying to get to Sectionals with a .500 record, so we have to pretty much win out to do it."

"These kids are starting to believe in our system and in each other," said Ballston Spa coach John Lea Sr. "If they play hard on defense, the offense will come."

Colonie (5-6 league, 6-7 overall) rallied from a 13-point deficit in the second half to take a 30-27 lead early in the fourth quarter before Ballston Spa (3-8, 4-9) pulled back ahead 33-32. The two teams traded the lead a couple of times before Bishop's third three-pointer of the night gave the Scotties the victory.

"We just couldn't buy a basket (during Colonie's 16-0 run)," said Bishop, who finished with 11 points. "We still played good defense, and that's what kept us in the game."

Ballston Spa started strong with a 12-3 run. Colonie cut the lead to four points with a mini-run in the second quarter before the Scotties ended the first half with an 11-2 spurt fueled by three-pointers from Bishop, Matt McDonald and Aaron Sparks.

Ballston Spa's lead grew to 27-14 early in the third quarter before the momentum shifted towards Colonie. The Garnet Raiders scored the final 13 points of the period, the last coming on a Jake Samuels free throw with 35 seconds left, to tie the game at 27.

Samuels opened the fourth quarter by making the first of two foul shots to give Colonie its first lead of the night. Samuels missed the second free throw, but the Garnet Raiders got the offensive rebound and kept the ball at Ballston Spa's end of the court before Devon Edwards was fouled following another offensive board. Edwards made both of his foul shots to give Colonie a 30-27 lead.

A Ryan McVaigh free throw ended Colonie's 16-point streak and got Ballston Spa back in the game. And though McVaigh (five points) wasn't a factor down the stretch, other Scotties stepped up to lead Ballston Spa to its second win in a row.

Sparks contributed 11 points for Ballston Spa, while Samuels led Colonie with 11 points.

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