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Damian Amiruddin's two free throws with 3.7 left in OT lift East Rockaway

East Rockaway's Damian Amiruddin had done it 100 times. Each afternoon, as practice winds down, the Rocks line up at the free-throw line.

It's the daily monotony that comes with being a high school basketball player. Only, instead of just rushing through shots to head home for a hot dinner, coach Joe Lores puts a little spin on it.

"I have them close their eyes and envision a scoreboard with them down by one," Lores said. "I want them to put themselves in that moment."

Amiruddin executed the moment perfectly on Friday night, hitting both ends of a one-and-one with 3.7 seconds remaining in East Rockaway's 62-61 overtime win over Oyster Bay.

"It's a great atmosphere up there," Lores said. "It's two pressure packed situations. If he makes one of two, it's a different situation. If he doesn't make any, it's another different situation."

The gravity of the shots hit home when Oyster Bay sank a shot as time expired, a potential winner if Amiruddin had not hit both.

Daniel Fusco scored 23 points in the win. Kevin Blessington added 16 points and 21 rebounds for East Rockaway (1-2) in Conference B/C. Oyster Bay is 1-2.

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