Burgio fuels Naz to OT thriller win

Courtesy of Nazathletics.com

ROCHESTER, N.Y. — Tournament MVP Jake Burgio (Brockport) scored seven of his team-high 26 points in overtime for host Nazareth Saturday as the Golden Flyers outlasted The College of New Jersey, 99-95, to win the championship of the BSG Tip-Off Tournament at the Kidera Gymnasium. Hiram defeated Cazenovia, 77-73, in the consolation game.

Burgio also grabbed 11 rebounds for his second double-double of the weekend as the Golden Flyers improved to 2-0. He was joined on the all-tournament team by senior teammates Tyler Stenglein (Irondequoit) and Chris Jones. TCNJ, now 1-2 overall, was represented by Randy Walko, who scored a game-high 29 points, and Niall Carpenter, who scored 18, including a big three-point field goal with :01 left in regulation to force overtime. Hiram’s Marcel Rice also made the all-tournament team.

Burgio made 10 of 14 shots from the field, including one three-pointer and went 5-for-6 from the free throw line to lead the charge. For the weekend, he shot 63.6 percent from the floor (21-for-33) and 91.7 percent from the foul line (11-for-12).

Despite Burgio’s heroics, the Golden Flyers were pushed the limit by the Lions, who trailed most of the game and by as much as 13 in the second half. Nazareth’s Brendan Wind (Greece Athena) sank a pair of free throws with :09 left in regulation to put the Golden Flyers up 87-84. Carpenter, however, drilled a game-tying three-pointer from the top of the key to send the game to overtime.

In the extra five-minute period, Carpenter scored with 1:25 left to put the Lions up 92-90. Stenglein (18 points) converted an old-fashioned three-point play to enable Nazareth to regain the lead, but Walko answered for the Lions on the next possession. With Nazareth down by one, Burgio scored with :17 left to put the Golden Flyers head to stay at 95-94. Jones then grabbed the rebound off a Carpenter miss, was fouled and sank the resulting free throws with :06. Burgio knocked down two more with :03 as Nazareth prevailed.

Stenglein’s 18 points included a 10-for-11 performance at the free throw line. Senior Daniel Jacob (Pittsford Mendon) and freshman Zach Stenglein each added 11 points and Jones combined 10 points with 10 rebounds.

The Golden Flyers had some impressive offensive spurts in regulation. They bolted to a 21-8 lead in the first eight minutes, capped by a three-pointer by Cody Green. The Lions, however, were able to pull within three points, 41-38, by halftime. They used another scoring spree in the second half to go up 75-62 following a pair of free throws by Stenglein with 6:34 left.

TCNJ, though, proved resilient and nearly stole the road win as the Lions went 14 for 32 from three-point range with eight of those baskets coming in the second half or overtime.

Nazareth made 32 of 68 shots (47.1%) and 27 of 30 free throws (90%).

The Golden Flyers play at home again Tuesday against Medaille at 7 p.m.

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