Matt Savitski, who buried two huge three-pointers in the win, worked inside for an offensive rebound and was fouled, calmly sinking both attempts for a 44-40 advantage while Anthony Pennypacker, who hauled in eight rebounds, made one of two from the charity stripe to up the lead to 45-40, before Williams tallied the final Redskins' point on a foul shot, 45-41. Oquendo, who was a force on the boards the entire contest with 13 caroms, scored on a drive to increase the tally while Menapace iced the win with two foul shots.
"We survived, that's all I can say," Long said. "Our players dug deep when it counted most and came up with several big plays but we also made the mistake of allowing Sayre to hang around too long and we earned a hard-fought win against a scrappy squad.
"Going into the last quarter we were 1-7 from the foul line but in the last two minutes we were 7-13 and that secured the win."
The Red Raiders exhibited their transition game to perfection in the opening stanza and with Oquendo scoring six and Savitski canning a trey the Redskins found themselves down on the scoreboard, 14-5, after eight minutes. Sayre began to assert itself in the next period and with Williams opening with a basket and the offense taking advantage of some inside baskets trimmed a 20-8 deficit under double digits twice before Justin Howal added four points for the Red Raiders and Savitski buried another three-pointer to help the home team go into the break on top, 25-14.
Oquendo led the winners with 18 points while Pennypacker chipped in with 12.
"We need to improve with our half-court game," Long said. "We did a lot of scoring in transition and with our offensive rebounding but we didn't attack their zone as well as we should have and that must improve."