Glens Falls, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Despite trailing by six points at halftime, Union-Endicott's Osama Barwari stood at the free throw line with a chance to win the game with 2.2 second left. Down by one, Barwari missed both free throws as Jamestown ended U-E's surprise run in the state semifinals 64-63.
U-E wouldn't have been in that position without Barwari though. He scored 17 points including a late steal and lay-up which tied the game at 63.
Prior to the late push, the Tigers trailed throughout the game, being down by double-digits for parts of the second half.
C.J. Krowiak led the way once again for U-E. He poured in 30 points before fouling out with less than 10 seconds to play.
"What are you going to do?" Barwari said after the game. "It came down to 2.2 seconds left, last play. [You] can't really do much."
"I can't question these kids' effort, their heart," said head coach Joe Alger. "I've got a great group of seniors, I feel terrible for them right now. They've set the tone and paved the way for our underclassmen and this program."
"To get down late in the state semifinal game, some people would just crumble," Krowiak said. "But we kept going, we kept fighting and almost pulled it out."
Jamestown was led by Zack Panebianco, who scored a game-high 31 points for the Red Raiders.
The Tigers were shooting to become the first Section IV boy's basketball team to make the state finals in New York's highest classification since Binghamton in the 1980's.
Jamestown returns to the state finals for the first time since 2011. That year they lost to Mount Vernon in the championship.