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McCaffrey’s 3-point-play with 5.7 seconds left lifts Canisteo-Greenwood in 47-44 instant classic over Bolivar-Richburg

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Hunter McCaffrey drives, stops, fades away and drains this game-winning jump shot, and was fouled, with 5.7 seconds left as Canisteo-Greenwood defeated Bolivar-Richburg. Steve Harrison photo.


CANISTEO — Hunter McCaffrey has had some big moments this season for Canisteo-Greenwood, filling up the scorebook on some nights and making a 30-point effort look easy.

Monday night with 8-2 Bolivar-Richburg in town and a month-removed from an exciting 67-64 C-G win in Bolivar, this time things would be different.

With 5.7 seconds left, McCaffrey was the fourth-leading scorer on the floor. In fact, the game had been halted earlier when B-R’s Landon Danaher eclipsed the 1,000-point mark for his career.

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The game was tied at 44 when McCaffrey drove, then stopped at the foul line and leaped to the same height he does when he thrown down an exciting dunk and drilled the go-ahead basket. After the foul and free throw, C-G had the lead.

In the last seconds, Wyatt Karnuth fired a pass to Danaher, but the buzzer sounded before any more heroics could take place.

With the 47-44 win, C-G improved to 9-5 while B-R fell to 8-3.

Canisteo-Greenwood’s Cole Ferris scored a game-high 24 points while McCaffrey finished with 14, Maddox Schwartz drained two three-pointers for six and Mason Boyd had a clutch 3-point goal.

In the second quarter, B-R strung together their biggest run of Canisteo-Greenwood to close out the first half in style, netting a narrow 14-8 run that would propel them to the front with a 24-20 lead. The back-and-forth pace would settle in the third quarter upon both team’s re-entry onto the court, ultimately seeing Bolivar-Richburg’s lead get cut in half heading to the final quarter.

B-R led by seven in the fourth quarter, but that’s when C-G stormed back to score 17 in the final frame for the win.

To go with his team-high 23 points, Danaher would also record three steals. Finishing behind his senior teammate was Cam MacDonell, who added in 13 points of his own. Karnuth had nine rebounds and four assists.

Bolivar-Richburg 10 14 8 12 – 44

Canisteo-Greenwood 12 8 10 17 – 47

BOLIVAR-RICHBURG: Aydin Sisson 2 0-0 4, Landon Danaher 9 1-2 23, David Baldwin 0 1-2 1, Reiss Gaines 1 0-0 3, Cam MacDonell 6 1-2 13. Totals: 18 3-6 44.
CANISTEO-GREENWOOD: Mason Boyd 1 0-0 3, Cole Ferris 8 6-9 24, Hunter McCaffery 6 2-5 14, Maddox Schwartz 3 0-0 6. Totals: 18 8-14 47.

3-point goals: B-R 5 (Danaher 4, Gaines), C-G 3 (Ferris 2, Boyd).
Total Fouls: B-R 11, C-G 8. Fouled out: None.

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