Final score: Lutheran 75, Jamesville-Dewitt 71
Lutheran stunned the crowd and the Red Rams with a spectacular fourth quarter.
The Crusaders took control of the game with a 13-1 run to open the fourth quarter, sparked by its perimeter play. Achraf Yacoubou made two layups. Shuan Lawton hit a drive and sank a trey and Mike Florin snuck in for a putback that put LuHi ahead 61-51 with 5:27 left.
The lead was 68-56 before Jamesville-Dewitt rallied.
A 9-2 spurt, sparked by Tyler Cavanaugh's trey and lay-in made 70-65 with 1:07 left.
But Lawton made five of six free throws in the final minute and had 14 points in the fantastic fourth by Lutheran.
Third quarter score: Jamesville-Dewitt 50, Lutheran 48
What a shooting quarter this was for Lutheran.
The Crusaders made six three-pointers to climb all the way back. Late in the quarter, Reserve Brandon Alford nailed consecutive treys as did Achraf Yacoubou as LuHi tied it at 46. Yacoubou's back-door layup tied it at 48 before Dajuan beat the buzzer with a putback for a 50-48 J-D advantage.
Yacoubou scored 10 points in the third quarter.
Second quarter score: Jamesville-Dewitt 31, Lutheran 23
Lack of size caught up to Long Island Lutheran. They were without one forward, starter Anthony Sbarro who missed the game due to injury. Then their center, 6-7, Jordan Allen, picked up his third foul with 5:29 left in the first half.
There was no one left to effectively contact 6-10, 280 pound junior DaJuan Coleman.
He scored 13 points in the quarter, including two dunks that shook the entire backboard and its support structure.
On one sequence, he cleanly rejected a layup attempt by Achraf Yacoubou, then ran the floor and finished the break with a reverse layup.
Yacoubou had one highlight move -- an ankle-breaking crossover that finished with a floater in the lane.
First quarter score: Lutheran 15, Jamesville-Dewitt 12
Long Island Lutheran did not back down from the challenge of playing against Dajuan Coleman. The Crusaders pushed the pace and tried to beat the big man down the court.
Shaun Lawton scored six points, all on foul shots, and Jordan Allen scored two baskets to help Lutheran take a small lead.
Coleman scored three points, including a rim-rocking dunk,.