Leading off today:
Liverpool lost star player Charles Pride to a first-quarter ankle injury, gave back all of a 14-point lead in the third quarter and still managed to pull out an 83-81 win
in a double-overtime boys basketball game vs. Syracuse Henninger on Friday.
Liverpool, ranked seventh in Class AA by the New York State Sportswriters Association, had routed Henninger by 23 points last month.
Senior Alan Willmes Jr. led the winners with 31 points and forward Naz Johnson added 19, including a dunk and a 10-foot floater late in the first OT.
Henninger nearly won it in regulation as Jadan Graves (24 points) narrowly missed at the buzzer with the game tied at 63. The Black Knights led 71-67 before Liverpool's Jake Piseno hit a 3-pointer with :39 left in the first OT and Johnson took over, including the floater with :05 to go to make it 74-74.
Willmes scored six of Liverpool's nine points in the second overtime to help Liverpool improve to 13-0.
"Obviously when you lose a guy like Charles, you're out of sync a little bit," Liverpool coach Ryan Blackwell said. "We had to figure ourselves out right away."
Game disrupted: An altercation broke out during the third quarter of Glens Falls' 104-65 boys basketball win over Hudson Falls, resulting in additional police officers being called to the scene.
The melee started after a player was shoved underneath Hudson Falls' basket, The Post-Star reported. At one point, players, coaches and a police officer were piled together. A referee was pushed to the floor and some parents and fans made their way onto the court.
Glens Falls police Sgt. Jarred Smith said there were no arrests made.
Coming off an 89-80 loss to Gloversville a night earlier, the Indians rose Joe Girard III's 58 points to their 12th win in 14 games. Girard made seven 3-pointers and all 25 of his free throws.
In the process, Girard became the New York State Public High School Athletic Association's all-time leading boys basketball scorer. The junior stands at 2,854 points and moved past Ryan Creighton's mark of 2,799 for Greenport from 2004-09. The junior could be just two games away from breaking the overall state record of 2,946 of current NBA player Lance Stephenson from Abraham Lincoln in the PSAL.
More boys basketball: Senior Alan Griffin had 23 points, eight rebounds and four blocks for No. 6 Archbishop Stepinac in a 78-74 win over No. 2 Cardinal Hayes as state-ranked CHSAA powers got together.
Sophomore R.J. Davis added 21 points, most of it on 17-of-19 shooting at the free-throw line. The Crusaders finished 33-for-41 at the line.
"After this win, it proves we can be a top team in the Catholic league," Davis said.
• In a Class A showdown involving Pittsford schools, Mendon knocked off 10th-ranked Sutherland 68-63 in overtime for its 10th straight victory. Senior Matt Powers paced the Vikings with 20 points.
Josh Rosen scored Sutherland's final nine points in regulation as the Knights rallied from eight down with 1:30 to go to force overtime.