Northwest Catholic outscored Windsor 28-12 in the fourth quarter to force overtime, Friday night in a battle between Central Connecticut Conference rivals. Luca Mirabello nailed a game-winning three before the final buzzer to give the 5-5 Lions a 73-71 victory over Windsor (7-3).
Mirabello collected 18 points on the night and four three-point field goals, including a beyond half-court buzzer-beater to end the first quarter. Northwest Catholic trailed throughout and did not receive a lead in the game until Jayson Williams put them ahead with 40.5 seconds left in the extra session.
Donovan Austin (15 points) fired back and hit a jump shot with 26 seconds remaining. Windsor took a 71-70 lead, but would lose the game on the Mirabello three. Austin turned the ball over as time expired. Corey McKeithan also hit four three-point shots, but in a losing effort. He put up 17 points to lead all Windsor scorers.
Cairo McCrory was playing in his first game for Northwest Catholic after missing three straight due to a concussion. He did not score a single point in the first half, but helped his team roar back the rest of the way with 18 points.
Windsor’s largest lead was 20 as 4:45 remained in the third. They opened that quarter on a 13-3 run keyed by eight points from Tyshawn Welborn (11 total points).
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