Croton-Harmon overcame a seven-point deficit in the final three minutes to beat Briarcliff 44-42 on the road Thursday.
Teejay Searight had a game-high 28 points, including seven of the Tigers’ final 11 points, as he carried Croton-Harmon to a key league win and its seventh straight victory.
“He was unbelievable,” Croton-Harmon coach Bill Thom said. “He came right out from the beginning.”
The Tigers (11-3) were able to take a 10-point lead at one point in the first half, but Briarcliff (7-6) battled back to take a 40-33 lead with three minutes remaining.
“We just looked at them and said, ‘Guys, we put too much time into this to let this one slip away,’” said Thom of what he told his team late in the game.
Croton-Harmon closed the game out on an 11-2 run that was initially sparked by Searight and Eddie Clark hitting back-to-back 3s to cut the Bears’ lead to 40-39.
Briarcliff’s Jack Reish (eight points) was able to bank in a shot, but Searight hit two more field goals to give Croton-Harmon a 43-42 lead with under a minute remaining.
Teammate Peter Dinger went 1-for-2 from the line to push the Tigers’ lead to 44-42.
“Searight did the scoring,” Thom said, “but the rest of the guys did a lot of other things we needed to win.”
Alquan Philips led Briarcliff with 14 points. Malik White added nine points.
“I think these game will definitely help us as we go forward toward sectionals,” Thom said.
Best of the rest: Pierre Lys had 22 points in Woodlands’ 72-50 win against visiting Yonkers. … Nick Arduino had 23 points in Sleepy Hollow’s 65-46 win at Ardsley. … Derek Dorn had 21 points, 12 assists and five rebounds in New Rochelle’s 68-56 win against visiting Gompers. Justin Watson had 19 points and six rebounds. … Matt Redhead had 12 points in Fox Lane’s 56-40 win against visiting Sacred Heart. Andrew Redhead added 10 points. Arjon Beqiri scored 18 points for Sacred Heart. … Angelo Acattato had 13 points and five assists in North Rockland’s 75-65 win against visiting Clarkstown North. Henri Bullock and Kile Alexis each had 10 points. … Taylor Miccio made a floater with 19 seconds remaining to give Green Meadow Waldorf a 42-41 win at Martin Luther King Jr. (Manhattan). Miccio and Lukas Chin each had 12 points. … Max Pearce had 19 points in Tuckahoe’s 47-45 loss to Martin Luther King Jr.
Fox Lane 56, Sacred Heart 40
Nanuet 54, Albertus Magnus 32
Woodlands 72, Yonkers 50
Sleepy Hollow 65, Ardsley 46
Croton-Harmon 44, Briarcliff 42
Martin Luther King Jr. 47, Tuckahoe 45
Port Chester 61, Hawthorne Cedar Knolls 33
New Rochelle 68, Gompers 56
Green Meadow Waldorf 42, Martin Luther King Jr. (Manhattan) 41
North Rockland 75, Clarkstown North 65