PERU — Saranac’s Tanner Rascoe and Mitchell Pellerin combined for 39 points Thursday night.
Teammate John Maye scored eight, but two of his baskets were the biggest of the game in the Chiefs’ 58-57 overtime victory against Peru in Northern Basketball League play.
Maye hit two buzzer-beaters, the first to send the game into overtime and the second to win it in the extra session.
“A costly turnover with less than 10 seconds left in regulation gave Saranac the ball under their basket,” Peru coach John Clemons said. “Maye then converted to send the game into overtime.
“In overtime, we missed two key free throws that could have sealed the game, and Saranac took advantage. The last possession was a scramble, and Maye found the ball just inside the free-throw line.”
Pellerin scored 16 of his 19 points in the first quarter, while Rascoe stepped up, scoring 15 of his team-high 20 points in the second half and overtime.
“It took some time in the first quarter to adjust to Saranac’s defense,” Clemons said. “We came out a little flat and missed a handful of chippies.
“We made some adjustments in the second half to take away and limit Pellerin’s shots. But Rascoe stepped up.”
Tyler Lemza poured in a game-high 25 points and grabbed five rebounds for the Indians. Jordan Guay finished with 14 points, and Nick Lawliss added a team-high 10 rebounds.
The Chiefs held a 20-10 lead after one quarter, but the Indians cut it to 28-25 at the half and it was close the rest of the way.
“It was a great game and both teams battled to the end,” Clemons said.
Saranac 58, Peru 57, OT
Pellerin 7-0-19, Rascoe 4-10-20, Maye 4-0-8, Keysor 1-1-3, Christopherson 2-4-8, Earp 0-0-0, Cross 0-0-0, Stanton 0-0-0. Totals: 18-15-58.
Guay 6-1-14, Spear 0-0-0, Demarais 1-0-3, Casey 2-0-5, Hendricks 3-0-6, Lemza 5-14-25, Lawliss 1-0-2, Bazzano 1-0-2, Boice 0-0-0. Totals: 19-15-57
Saranac 20 8 11 12 7 — 58
Peru 10 15 13 13 6 — 57
3-point goals: Saranac (7): Pellerin 5; Rascoe 2. Peru (4): Guay; Demarais; Casey; Lemza.