Bullock's buzzer beater lifts Nottingham in playoffs

and Bullock celebrates

What a game it was! 11th seeded Indian River traveled to 6th seeded Nottingham on Tuesday with the winner advancing to play Whitesboro in the quarterfinals. The game was close throughout, and no team could earn separation from the other. Indian River's Jarrod Mattingly hit a three late to put the Warriors up that many points, but Jawan Simmons answered at the other end for the Bulldogs to tie it at 42.

The real drama of this contest came at the end of the game, three different times. At the end of regulation, Indian River led by two when Nottingham's Cameron Isaac drove the lane and scored, all while being fouled. Isaac missed a chance to win the game when he could not complete the three-point play, but still showed heart with the game tying bucket.

In overtime, once again the Warriors led the Bulldogs, this time by one. With 1.9 seconds left, Mabior Mayen was fouled and headed to the line for two free throws. Mayen made the first to tie things up, but missed the second attempt sending the game into overtime number two, tied at 50.

Finally, Nottingham would get the ending right, as the game was tied with just over five seconds to play, the Bulldogs inbounded the ball at half court to Roosevelt Bullock. Bullock dashed, and drove the lane, stopping for a fadeaway jump shot that swished through the net as the final horn sounded. Bullock raced down the court, tossing his jersey in the air in celebration as Nottingham beat Indian River 56-54 in two overtimes.

"They definitely got their money's worth tonight" said Head Coach Robert Dixon "It didn't help my ulcer, but they definitely got their money's worth!"

Elsewhere in boys hoops, (2) Bishop Grimes topped (15) Jordan-Elbridge 84-60, Mike Stone scored 23 and Kucjok Ater scored 13.

(7) Bishop Ludden had its way with (10) New Hartford, winning over the Spartans 60-40.

(11) Solvay earned a mild upset over (6) Marcellus when they beat the 6th seeded Mustangs 67-61, T.J. Fazio scored 21 points.

On that note, it was an excellent night for Solvay, as the Lady Bearcats, a 13 seed mind you, beat 4th seeded Canastota 48-31. The school's all-time leading scorer Tessa Pucello scored 25 points in the win.

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