(Photos by Gary Quintal)
By Gary Quintal
BRONX, NEW YORK, February 4- Friday evening saw a sold out crowd brave the cold to see catholic high school basketball as Saint Raymond lost to Bronx rival Cardinal Hayes on an overtime buzzer beater 91-89.
The match-up was mostly Hayes early as they lead by double figures throughout much of the first half, taking a 46-36 lead into halftime.
Saint Rays responded in the second half, tying the game at 60-60 by the 6:20 mark of the fourth quarter. Both teams battled back and forth with each regaining the lead through the rest of the fourth, leaving the Ravens of Saint Raymond one last possession with 2.9 seconds remaining tied at 75-75.
A missed basket set up the overtime drama as the Ravens again had a chance to win taking the lead 89-88 and a free throw, giving Hayes one last chance with just under 4 seconds remaining. Hayes made the running three point attempt as time expired giving them the 91-89 victory and a 15-5 record as Saint Rays falls to 14-7.