Mike Makowiec admits his team can be very streaky.

Mike Makowiec admits his team can be very streaky.
On Friday, Jan. 21, his Addison Knights mustered one last dose of – as Makowiec likes to say – spurtability to douse any hopes of an upset by visiting Hammondsport.
The Knights overcame a four-point deficit with less than two minutes to play as Dalton Lewis’ layup with just four seconds propelled Addison to a thrilling 54-52 victory over the snake-bitten Lakers.
“One of the terms I Iike to use is we have spurtability,” Makowiec said. “We can put up a lot of points, but we can go the dead spells as well and I think you saw that whole thing play out today.”
Addison (9-2, 7-0) remained perfect in Steuben County play with the win, while Hammondsport (1-12, 1-7) lost yet another close game.
“Welcome to our season,” Hammondsport head coach Jon Lowin said.
“At the end, we missed a couple shots. We had opportunities. Our shots didn’t fall and theirs did at the end. It was a great game and we played great.”
Lewis capitalized on his chance at redemption after missing on a similar shot just seconds earlier. With the shot clock off and roughly 25 seconds to play, Lewis found a lane on the left side and put up a left-handed runner that was off the mark. A tip-in did not go for the Knights either and Hammondsport got the ball back under its own basket with 18.4 seconds to play.
However, Hammondsport opted to go with a full-court pass on its in-bound play and turned the ball over, giving the Knights one last chance with 16.9 seconds left.
After Addison got the ball to Lewis, the Knights’ sophomore guard took the ball past halfcourt, found an opening on the left side and converted a layup.
With both teams out of timeouts, Hammondsport hurried in the ensuing in-bound pass, but could only put up a desperation heave that was well off the mark as the buzzer sounded.
“The good news is we’ve been resilient and we’ve been able to win these tight games at the end,” Makowiec said. “And I think at the end, the kids really felt that we were going to win the game. As much as anything, I think that helped us get over the hump.”
Addison’s first evidence of spurtability took shape late in the first half as the Knights connected on three straight shots from the field for a 6-2 run and 25-24 lead at halftime.
And the Knights remained hot to open the second half, connecting on 8-of-11 shots from the field in the third quarter to open up a seven-point advantage heading into the fourth.
Ryan Brewster netted nine of his game-high 19 points during Addison’s mid-game run, while teammate Michael Wooldridge poured in 11 of his 17 points between the second and third quarters. Wooldridge also finished with nine rebounds and six steals, while Brewster grabbed eight boards. Lewis dished out eight assists for the Knights.
But just when it looked like Addison was in the clear, Hammondsport chipped away and eventually grabbed a 52-48 lead on Ryan Eckel’s free-throw with 2:01 left. Eckel posted a double-double, finishing with 10 points and 12 rebounds.
Hammondsport’s James Obrochta netted 15 points, grabbed five rebounds and dished out four assists.
Making the Lakers’ effort even more impressive was the fact they played the game without one starter and had two additional starters foul out of the game.
“Two guys fouled out and we were down to guys that haven’t had much playing time, but those guys stepped up,” Lowin said. “They stepped up and scored the first three baskets after that timeout late in the fourth quarter and I can’t be more proud of our bench. They came off the bench and played big.”
Hammondsport’s Ricky Rosekrans scored 13 points and grabbed six rebounds, but fouled out after being issued a technical foul with 5:38 left in the fourth quarter. But even with Rosekrans out, the Lakers outscored Addison 9-4, before the Knights finished the game on a 6-0 run.
“When you look at their record, they only have one win, but they could easily have six or seven wins,” Makowiec said. “They just seem to be snake bit. I know they lost two or three in overtime. They’re a good team, much better than their 1-12 record.”