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Pine Valley wins in overtime

SOUTH DAYTON — The Pine Valley Panthers boys basketball team treated its home crowd to a thrilling overtime win, 60-55 over Cattaraugus/Little Valley, in the final game of the season at Pine Valley High School on Friday.

Pine Valley (7-12, 2-8) led 17-11 after the first quarter and 33-18 at halftime. Catt./Little Valley, however, made a game of it with an outstanding third quarter, while Pine Valley went cold in the period. Catt./Little Valley outscored Pine Valley 20-5 in the third quarter.

“In the third quarter, they came out with a lot of energy, but we just couldn’t make a shot,” said Pine Valley coach Mark Mansfield. “We got some good looks, but we just couldn’t finish.”

Both teams played an even fourth quarter to head into overtime after Catt./Little Valley hit a game-tying shot in the final seconds. Pine Valley, however, responded with seven of the nine total points scored in overtime to earn the victory.

Wayne Libby led Pine Valley with 19 points, while Connor Bentham had 14 points and Bryce Sercu added 12 points. Cameron Hayes had 10 rebounds and four blocks.

Catt./Little Valley was led by Josh Halterman with 16 points, Johnny Visnesky added 15 points and Nick Savidge had 11 points.

Pine Valley plays Saturday morning at Fredonia State against Sherman in the final game of the regular season for the Panthers.

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