Corey Nohl's tip-in just beat the final buzzer and gave Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta a 67-66 win over Minnewaska in a key West Central South Conference boy's basketball game on Tuesday.
The Tigers are now 13-0 in the conference and 18-1 overall. Minnewaska falls to 10-2 in and 12-5.
Minnewaska led 66-65 with 11 seconds left and was at the free-throw line. But both foul shots were missed and the Tigers grabbed the rebound and raced upcourt. A three-point attempt with three seconds left missed and, after Eric Riley kept the ball alive with a couple of tips, Nohl tipped the ball in just ahead of the horn to win the game.
"It was a great high school basketball game," said Minnewaska coach Phil Johnsrud. "Both teams played well. We were so far extended to defend that three-point shot that we didn't get back to avoid the tip."
Johnsrud said the final few seconds were like a scrum.
"There were bodies all over the floor," he said. "Everyone was crashing the boards and (Morris/CA) just tipping at the ball until it went in."
The Tigers were missing starting post Jackson Henrich to an illness. The Tigers entered with a one-game lead over Minnewaska in the conference. They now hold a two-game advantage with three games remaining.
Lincoln Arnold had 16 points, Cory Hennen 14 and Nohl 10 for the Tigers.
Shane Bosek led all scorers with 21 points for the Lakers. Ben Peters added 18 points and Brady Johnsrud had 10 points and seven assists.