Schalmont outlasted La Salle 62-61 in what turned out to be a tremendous clash of Colonial Council sides. The Sabres, who trailed by 22 points in the opening half, took their only lead of the night with three seconds left in the game on an Austin Redmond basket off of a Trent Randle assist.
Sparked by a great team effort in the second half the Sabres outscored the Cadets 41-21 in the final two periods. That was the opposite of the first half when the Cadets sprinted out to a 40-21 lead at the midway point.
La Salle were strong out of the gate and darted in front to gain a hefty first quarter lead 23-11.
The Cadets played well in the second period turning a 12-point first quarter lead into a 19-point halftime edge. La Salle's length on the defensive end caused problems early for Schalmont.
Schalmont used a tough hard-nosed effort in the third quarter and outscored La Salle by 10 points. They outscored La Salle 16-6 in the final eight minutes and closed the game on a 12-1 run.
Schalmont had a trio of players players in double figure scoring. Jake Sanford paced the Sabres with 17 points. Shane O Dell racked up 15 points. Tyler Pepicelli poured in 10 points. Trent Randle dropped 8 points.
The Sabres connected on 9 trey balls.
Jake Sanford nailed 4 three-pointers.
Schalmont shot with superb accuracy from the charity stripe as they made 69.2%, 9 of 13.
The Cadets drained 7 buckets from long range.
Bo Catherwood made 6 three-pointers.
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By Ed Bemiss