ROCKLAND — For the second straight on-court game — their contest on Saturday, Aug. 14 against the Lionheart was forfeited by the Kings — the Midcoast Sternmen suffered the same fate in the fourth quarter, as they watched their opponent roar back and slice through their lead.

After holding a fourth-quarter advantage against the Pocono Peacemakers on Saturday, Aug. 7, the Sternmen (7-3) fell in overtime, and on Sunday, Aug. 29, Midcoast saw the New York Generals come into the Flanagan Community Center and erase a fourth-quarter Sternmen lead to force extra time.

The hosts learned their lesson this time around, however, as Midcoast scored the final nine points of the contest — all in the final minute of OT — to earn a 97-88 victory.

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It was the second victory over New York for the Sternmen, as Midcoast bested the Empire State squad 93-92 on June 25, but also fell to the Generals 92-88 June 5.

The overtime win over New York on Aug. 29, pit the Generals and Sternmen against one-another once again pm Saturday, Sept. 4, on New York’s home court for the Northeast Division championship.

In the OT game, Jaylen LeRoy led Midcoast with 24 points, while Trevon Butler tallied 22; Joey Puddister, 21; Isaiah Brathwaite and Carter Skaggs, 13; and Will Rosenthall, four.

Midcoast sank 15 three-pointers, led by Puddister with six; LeRoy, four; Skaggs, three; and Brathwaite, two.

Brandon Johnson led a balanced New York attack with 18 points, as Randy Stevens scored 15; Dob Jarrett, 14; Ian Helps, 13; Nikeem Deleon, 12; Branden Johnson, 10; Isaih Ward, four; and Davvis Purcalle, two.

The Generals hit seven treys, as Jarrett, Deleon and Brandon Johnson netted two, and Stevens one.

Midcoast was 16-of-20 (80 percent) from the foul line and New York 7-0f-9 (77 percent).

With just more than two minutes to play in the fourth quarter, LeRoy hit a three-pointer from the corner to put Midcoast ahead 79-71, but from that point, New York rallied.

Ward sank two free throws for the Generals, and after Butler’s missed shot, Jarrett buried a deep trey to bring New York within three with 1:15 to play in the final stanza.

After turnovers for the opponents, Jarrett netted his second three-pointer in a 45-second span to tie the game 79-79.

LeRoy took matters into his own hands on the Sternmen’s next possession, as he drove baseline against the defender, got the layup to fall off glass, to put Midcoast back in front 81-79 with 11.4 seconds to play.

After two timeouts, and with 4.9 seconds on the clock, the Generals executed a perfect inbounds, as Branden Johnson found a cutting Deleon for an easy layup to tie the score and, ultimately, force overtime.

Despite New York’s momentum, the game stayed close in the extra time, and was tied 88-88 with one minute to play when Midcoast kicked it into high gear to grab the victory.

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