The Deer Park boys basketball team got five points from Blake Starbuck in the final 2 minutes to edge the Cheney Blackhawks 54-52 on Tuesday.
Starbuck tied the game at 50-50 with a short jumper and gave the Stags a 51-50 lead with a free throw with 1:02 remaining. The Blackhawks took their final lead on a basket by John Gingrich only to see Starbuck help the Stags regain the lead a 53-52 with two more free throws.
Uconn Peone’s free throw with 13 seconds left gave Deer Park the final margin of victory.
“They’re starting to play together,” said Stag head coach Ken Ryan.
Neither team could establish a large lead during the game.
Deer Park’s biggest advantage was 20-13 in the second quarter following a six-point explosion by Reese Ferguson. Cheney’s largest lead was 35-30 midway through the third quarter.
A five-point surge by Peone at the end third quarter tied the game at 40-40 with 8 minutes remaining.
Both teams traded the lead in the final quarter, leading up to Starbuck’s last-minute offensive heroics.
The win improved the Stags’ Great Northern League record to 2-4, 6-8 overall. Cheney fell to 2-4,7-7.
Starbuck led all scorers with 17 points while Austin Harding paced the Blackhawks with 12 points.