CORNING - Four clutch freethrows, two at the end of regulation and two at the end of overtime, propelled Corning to a 67-65 win over Union-Endicott Friday in a Southern Tier Athletic Conference boys basketball matchup.
"It's the moment you prepare for as a basketball player, its harder to succed, its easy to fail," Corning head coach Bill Hopkins said. "I've always said to our players, concentration is the ability to think about nothing. Both of those seniors cooley and calmly did that and knocked them down. Being able to put themselves in that position is pretty special."
The Hawks entered the fourth quarter up one point and fell down by as many as three with 1:18 remaining.
31 points, Lucas 17, Aidan Chamberlin 10
Jordan Haggard scored the final eight points for Corning, but none bigger than two free-throws with only .3 seconds remaining on the clock and the Hawks down two after being fouled on a drive.
Isiah Fuller had a chance to ice the game with 9.9 seconds left and up one, but one connected on only one free-throw that led to Haggard's opportunity.
In overtime, Lucas Rossington netted all four points for Corning including two free-throws with only 1.3 remaining on the clock after drawing an over the back foul to secure the victory.
The Hawks led 35-27 at halftime and fell down by as many as five as Union-Endicott outscored the Hawks 19-12.
"They caught fire, Mekhi Belcher kind of took over in the third quarter," said Hopkins.
Mekhi Belcher led the Tigers with 17 points including eight in the third quarter.
Corning improves to 4-9 and will host Binghamton today at 6:45 p.m.