By Jon Gerardi
The Daily Item
WILLIAMSPORT -- Lewisburg's Jesse Flannery got the ball just outside the arc and drove inside for a layup with five seconds to play Tuesday.
Lewisburg's fans and bench couldn't hide their excitement. For a moment, it looked as though the Green Dragons would get the monkey off their backs by defeating Loyalsock, which beat Lewisburg four times last season.
After Loyalsock took a timeout with 2.3 seconds remaining, Kyle Datres inbounded a pass to Omar Little, who quickly turned from just outside the paint and banked in a perfect shot that was well-contested by a Lewisburg defender.
The home crowd inside Ron "CI" Insinger Gymnasium erupted with cheers as the buzzer sounded on the Lancers' 53-52 win and the Loyalsock student section stormed the court to swarm Little.
Little's dagger ended an exciting Heartland Athletic Conference-Division II game between two of the state's Top 5 Class AA teams. It's the fifth loss to Loyalsock in the past two years for Lewisburg.
"This is one of those (games where) it's a shame to see either team lose. Omar made a great shot; Jess made a great drive to give us a lead," Lewisburg coach John Vaji said. "It's just two heavyweights throwing punches and unfortunately, their last punch landed with the buzzer. If there could've been another 10 seconds, who knows. We may have had the game-winning punch."
The Green Dragons (11-1, 5-1 HAC-II) led by three twice late in the fourth quarter. After Flannery hit a shot with one minute to go, Datres responded with a huge three for Loyalsock (9-1, 6-0 HAC-II) to tie it at 49-all.
Datres came up big for Loyalsock again shortly thereafter, sinking two free throws for a 51-50 edge, before Flannery's drive reclaimed the lead.