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Unified Eagles snag OT win over Inter-Lakes/Moultonborough


by Jeff Lajoie
Sports Reporter

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Gilford's Dani Lou Cote pulls up for a jump shot in the visiting Eagles' 29-25 overtime win over Inter-Lakes/Moultonborough on Friday afternoon in Meredith. Jeff Lajoie. (click for larger version)
January 16, 2017
MEREDITH It took overtime and many exciting end of game moments to decide a very entertaining unified basketball game between Inter-Lakes/Moultonborough and Gilford High School on Friday afternoon.

The host Lakers charged back in the fourth quarter, closing the period on an 8-0 run to force OT. But in the end, the visiting Golden Eagles scored the lone points of the three-minute extra session, with Jonah Nimirowski sinking what was ultimately the winning basket in a 29-25 victory at Inter-Lakes High School.

Trailing 25-17 in the fourth quarter, things looked bleak for I-L/MA. But the host Lakers, buoyed by a boisterous home crowd, got to work. Nick Saylor started the scoring with a jump shot, and hoops from Shawn Deflorio and another from Saylor pulled the hosts within 25-23. Tucker Moore wound up tying the game with just 45 seconds remaining, as he snagged an offensive rebound and put it back up to make it 25-25 and force OT.

In the extra session, neither team was successful from the field until Nimirowski hit a jumper with 2:01 remaining. Ethan Warren added an insurance hoop for Gilford, as the visitors earned the 29-25 win.

Gilford was lifted by the offensive prowess of Dani Lou Cote, who scored nine points including a three-pointer. Katie Hackley and Allyson Paige also came through with clutch play in the victory.

I-L/MA's Tristan Haddock scored four points in the loss, while Ellie Cristiano dropped six points. Mikayla Sorell, the team's outside specialist, sank a three-pointer in the fourth quarter, while Saylor added six points and Brandon Patten also notched two points.

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