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Tuesday Night Live: Lackawanna wins at the buzzer (and you can see it on video)

Another evening of basketball, another buzzer-beater.

We're getting to the good stuff right away on this post. Here's the very-last-second basket that lifted Lackawanna to a one-point win at Cleveland Hill Tuesday night:

I watched the replay more than a few times on my phone, which has better resolution than YouTube, and it looked like the basket was good with the tip-in coming with one-tenth of a second on the clock and before the buzzer. Unbelievable.

These buzzer-beaters are getting pretty amazing -- last Tuesday Canisius at TImon Canisius at Timon, Thursday Jamestown at Clarence, Saturday Grover Cleveland against St. Joe's at the MLK Classic.

Below is the post as it unfolded Tuesday night, with some additional videos added here later on ...

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Hello from our second straight Tuesday of hopping around to basketball games with the iPhone.

I just got finished with my weekly pickup game, so I'm ready for action if any teams need me. Good thing WNY hoops is in good shape so nobody has to see that.

6:41 p.m. Our first stop is Cleveland Hill, which is hosting Lackawanna. Time for the National Anthem.

6:59 p.m. At the end of the first quarter, Cleveland Hill leads Lackawanna, 15-12. The Golden Eagles look good -- part of the reason I wanted to check out this game was Cleveland Hill's good start, which includes a win over Alden.

7:13 p.m. At halftime, Cleve Hill has a 31-27 lead. Steelers had a nice 13-4 run to end the quarter. I'm impressed by Cleve Hill's hustle and team ball.

I'm sticking around here for the second half since it's a close game. Other 7:30 games I might head to include Grand Island at Amherst on the way to Jamestown at Williamsville North. I was considering zipping in to the city to see the Canestro-less Nichols host Niagara Catholic if this game was out of hand, but I'm guessing by the time I got there the Vikings might be in complete control.

The Cleveland Hill gym after the game -- I was standing behind the scorer's table, between Golden and Eagles, when I shot the videos. (Keith McShea/Buffalo News)The gym here is bright -- our photographers would love it -- and it just has a great feel to it with the banners and signage on the walls. There's a excellent banner concerning fan behavior that I'm going to take a picture of -- I might even do a separate blog on it. It's a banner that should hang in every high school gym. 

 7:37 p.m. Cleve Hill still leads Lackawanna, 45-41, after the third quarter.

7:50 p.m. Lackawanna up, 52-50, with 3:17 left.

8:11 p.m. Damon Hall tipped the ball in with 0.1 seconds left (that's what it looks like on the iPhone) and Lackawanna wins, 60-59.


I'll get the video posted ASAP.

9:02 p.m. Hello from the home-office -- we made an executive decision to forgo any more stops during Tuesday Night Live in an effort to get all the great stuff from the Lackawanna-Cleveland Hill game on the Web and ready for Wednesday's paper as soon as possible.

9:39 p.m. I've posted the video.

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I can only do one thing at once -- and for the second half I used my phone as a video camera, so I wasn't able to use it to access the blog and provide a lot of updates.

Here's some more videos and notes from what was a terrific game.

Cleve Hill began the fourth quarter with a 45-41 lead.

Andrew Gilliam with a nice finish on a drive that put Cleve Hill up, 49-43, the second of three times that it would own a six-point lead (50-44 would be the last).

Lackawanna's Christian Cheatom ties up the game at 50-50, the first tie since the opening tip. On the Steelers' next trip, Hall would hit two free throws to give the Steelers their first lead of the game, 52-50, with 3:17 left.

On a play I didn't catch because I was using the phone to update the blog, Ramadhan made a nice push and then found Jailyn Tompkins to tie the game at 52-52.

The rest of the game was a very enjoyable back-and-forth. A Hall free throw up Lackawanna up, 53-52.

Big man Demetrious Smith showed a savvy passing eye several times in the game, and he came up big to find Tompkins for a layup here to put Cleve Hill up, 54-53.

Check out the little man bouncing in the bleachers after the timeout is called.

After a Lackawanna turnover, Ramadhan hits a huge three from the left corner to put Cleve Hill up, 57-53, with about 1:40 left..

A big three answered by a big three as Santiago drains one to pull Lackawanna within 57-56 with :51 left.

On the ensuing inbounds, Lackawanna makes a steal and Alexander makes a great dribble-drive-dish to Cheatom for a 58-57 Steelers lead with :39 left.

Not the most exciting video, but definitely meaningful and definitely clutch as Ramadhan (what a fourth quarter for him, huh?) coolly hits a pair with 29.1 seconds left for Cleveland Hill's 59-58 lead.

Lackawanna missed a shot on its next possession; Cleveland Hill missed a front end on a one-and-one free throw with 17.2 seconds left; Lackawanna missed a shot and the ball went out of bounds off of Cleveland Hill with 4.4 seconds left.

That catches you up to the drama captured at the top of the blog.

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Some postgame reaction ...

From Lackawanna:

And here's some audio (hopefully this works) from

Cleveland Hill coach Jason Przybysz

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Lackawanna, which is ranked third among small schools, didn't look like a top team early on, and maybe that's because trips to Cleveland Hill usually haven't been too tough so perhaps they weren't up for the game.

The Golden Eagles played very well and I think I'll be seeing them again this year. They have a nice mix of weapons inside and outside and they were very well coached -- they played under control almost the entire game. Cleveland Hill hustled big-time -- it regularly beat Lackawanna down the floor early on.

The Steelers got their game together late, and they have some serious weapons, starting with Alexander. Hall is a presences, Cheatom is dynamic while Santiago hit some clutch threes. This might not have been their best night, but, as usual, Lackawanna should be a popular pick come the postseason.

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From a look at the Tuesday scoreboard, it turns out it doesn't seem like I missed much at the other stops I was considering. 

Here's the boys basketball roundup of Tuesday's action.

---Keith McShea


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Keith McShea

Keith McShea

Keith McShea has covered high school sports at The News since his hiring in 1999. The 1995 University at Buffalo graduate and Long Island native (North Babylon Bulldogs) covers — and live blogs — everything from scrimmages to state championships & helps head The News' All-Western New York selections.

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