Basketball

Cubs beat Crusaders in OT to end a three-decade drought

Submitted photo – The South Fork Cubs celebrate their championship after Friday’s game.

The South Fork Cubs rallied from a 15-point deficit with a stunning comeback on Friday night, as they ended a three-decade drought in Little 4 boys basketball.

Led by three seniors on senior night, South Fork edged St. Bernard’s 69-68 in overtime in Miranda to claim the league title outright.

According to head coach Taylor Morrow, the championship is the first for the program since the early 90s.

“It was an incredible game,” Morrow said.

And it was an incredible performance from seniors Oliver Tatton, Ryder York and Tanner Curran.

Tatton finished with 24 points, including an inspirational six 3-pointers, while York and Curran were instrumental in the comeback, according to the head coach, scoring 16 and 15, respectively.

“Our three seniors were amazing,” he said.

Curran got the game-winning basket in overtime.

Defensively, the Cubs held St. Bernard’s standout Owen Shanahan to just six points, which the coach said was a big factor in the win.

The Cubs trailed by 11 at halftime and by as many as 15 at one stage, before mounting the big comeback.

“We could not be happier,” said Morrow, whose team lost an earlier league matchup at St. Bernard’s by 14 points.

With the win, the Cubs close out league play 5-1 and improved to 11-3 overall.

They also earned a No. 1 seed for next week’s Dick Niclai tournament and will have a first-round bye before hosting a semifinal on Thursday.

St. Bernard’s, which came into the game riding a four-game league winning streak, closes out the Little 4 with a record of 4-2 and earns a No. 2 seed for the Niclai tournament, opening at home to Hoopa on Tuesday.

The Crusaders are now 16-7 overall.

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