When it comes to last minute shots, Bristol Eastern boys basketball standout Gabe Ungaro wants the ball in his hands.
And with precious few seconds left in a tie game against Platt on Tuesday, December 18, the senior guard hit the biggest shot of his career.
Ungaro banked home a 3-pointer with four seconds left to play as the go-ahead hoop helped stave off the Panthers 37-34 in a CCC South showdown from the Thomas M. Monahan Gymnasium.
With the victory, the Lancers moved to 2-1 while Platt remained winless at 0-2.
Only one basket was scored over the final 3:14 of the contest but when it came time for a final shot, Ungaro was the one who took it.
With the game tied at 34-34, Eastern had control of the ball over the final 1:26 of the stanza and after three timeouts and a couple of broken plays, Ungaro’s made his game-winning attempt from the top of the key.
Off a pass from Kevin Love, he banked the three-pointer off the glass and in as his game winner gave Eastern a three-point cushion.
But even during the confusion off the bucket, Platt quickly called a timeout with 1.8 seconds remaining and was granted a break in the action.
Off the timeout, Platt was looking for the tie but had to inbound the ball from underneath the Eastern hoop and travel the length of the court.
Kyle Pelcher (13 points) was given the task of tying the game up and he received the ball and heaved up a three-quarters court shot.
But the attempt wasn’t close and slammed off the top of the backboard as the final buzzer sounded, propelling the Lancers to the victory.
Mike Belton led all players with 15 points and two steals while Ungaro added eight points, seven rebounds and two assists.
Kevin Love was also a featured player and tacked up six points, a game high 16 rebounds and also dished out six assists.
Ryan Chiasson added five points and 12 rebounds.
Eastern led by nine points late in the first frame and went ahead in the game by a 13-6 push after one.
The Lancers had a 15-8 edge going midway through the second tilt and took a 19-13 lead into the halftime break.
The Panthers cut the deficit to one (25-24) going into the final period of play and led 32-31 off a Pelcher three-pointer with 4:55 to go in the game.
But the Lancers caught up, took one final shot at it and eventually won the game off the Ungaro long-range bomb.
– by Michael Letendre