Great Neck South's Vinny Patrey hit a buzzer-beating three-pointer at the end of regulation Monday night and the delirious home crowd stormed the court.

One catch: The game wasn't over. It was only tied.

Which was something that Calhoun had to keep reminding itself.

"You can't let the buzzer-beater get you down," Calhoun's Kyle McGinley said. "You can't let it get in your head. You have to remember to play smart."

Turns out, there was plenty of game left to play.

Down by one with 13.2 seconds left in overtime, Calhoun set a screen for McGinley, who hit an unobstructed three-pointer from the right corner to help the Colts earn a 68-65 Conference AA-III boys basketball win.

His basket came only minutes after Patrey released his three-pointer just as the buzzer sounded to end the fourth quarter, tying the score at 58.

"They had to keep their heads in the right spot," Calhoun coach Jay Kreutzberger said. "Then [Great Neck North] scored a bucket at the beginning of overtime . . . but I think every team has rough games, games where they wished they had done something more. It's important to keep your level-headedness."

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Calhoun (10-4) didn't lead until Brian Downey's left-wing trey with 4:37 left in the fourth quarter. He followed that with a reverse layup for a 53-48 edge.

With his team down by five, Great Neck South's Mark Jason hit a layup with 48.3 seconds left in regulation to set the stage for the wild final moments. With four seconds left, Brandon Brown took the inbounds pass and dished it to Patrey, a reserve who scored his only points of the game.

Mitchell Finkel led GNS (10-3) with 24 points. Downey led Calhoun with 21 points and six steals and McGinley added 14 points.

The Colts are in prime position to host a playoff game for the first time in at least a decade and possibly much longer, Kreutzberger said.

Not too bad for a game that seemed all but over minutes before its actual conclusion.

"Obviously, you can't let something like that get you down," Downey said. "You have to come back and play harder."