Senior Tyle Graham leads the Eagles to a 62-56 win by scoring 20 points, including 5-of-6 free throws in the final minute to secure the victory.
Wayne senior Tyler Graham sank five of six free throws in the final minute to help the Eagles hold off Palmyra-Macedon, 62-56, in Finger Lakes East action on Friday night at Wayne.
Senior Derek Wager scored for the Red Raiders off the tip-off for their only lead of the contest.
Graham tied the game 42 seconds later and junior Ben Bobo put the Eagles in front to stay with 6:41 left in the opening period.
The hosts built an eight-point spread in the first quarter, but Pal-Mac sliced the margin to one (25-24) in the second stanza. The Raiders missed a pair of free throws before the Eagles closed out the half with a 6-2 run for a 31-26 advantage at the break.
“They’re a very well coached team,” said Pal-Mac coach Dan Harris. “Coach Thomson does a great job with them.
“Our kids fought hard and so did they.”
Both teams tallied 10 points in the third period.
Graham's steal and basket extended the margin to 11 (54-43) for the Eagles, but the Raiders battled back on consecutive buckets from senior Coleston Scheik to make the count to 55-54 with 1:38 left in the game.
“Even though we went through the dry spell in the fourth quarter, I thought we had the overall aggressiveness and intensity over them pretty much the entire game,” said Wayne coach Bill Thomson.
Junior Paul Dinehart drove the baseline for two points to give the Eagles a 57-54 spread.
“We showed that (intensity) when Dinehart went baseline and scored,” Thomson said. “We still were attacking, and we got through that little lull.”
Graham made five consecutive shots from the charity stripe to secure the victory.
“We were intense the whole game and we came out with the win,” Graham said. “We just worked as a team, no one is selfish, and we just used each other.
“We got rebounds. We scored when we needed to, and just came out with the win.”
Bobo finished with 10 points as senior Connor Hollenbeck netted 11 and junior Tre Mora chipped in 12 for Wayne.
“We have four guys averaging in double figures the entire,” said Thomson.
“This is a good win for us, and our program as well.”
Wager led Pal-Mac with 20 points as senior Cody Argus contributed 15 points.
“It was rebounding and defense that cost us,” Harris said. “We’re still working on that. Their kids just went after the basketball and valued it a little more than we did tonight.”
Wayne is 9-3 overall on the season as Pal-Mac dropped to 8-3 overall. Both teams are 8-2 in the league and trail Mynderse, which is 10-0 in league action.
“Our league this year is just really close,” Graham said. “It comes down to the wire every game. We just have to keep it going.”
Both of Wayne's league defeats were by one point, the first at Pal-Mac in overtime.
“We had a 13-point lead at our place and they came back from it and took us to overtime,” Harris said. “So I knew that we’d be in for it over here. Credit them, they played hard and made shots when they needed to.”
The second Wayne league defeat came last Saturday at home to Mynderse as a 15-foot buzzer shot just missed falling, which would have given the Eagles the win.
“The shot was up and looked great, it just didn’t go down,” Thomson said.