Up by seven points midway through the second half, the home crowd at the Koessler Center could feel the rival win coming. Canisius was out-rebounding Niagara, shooting a higher percentage, and had the crowd on their side. There was no way they could lose.
Then guards Isaac Sosa and Billy Baron left the game.
A stretch of three minute and 19 seconds, ultimately won the game for Niagara and sent Griffs fans into feelings of extreme disappointment as they fell in a heart-breaker to their big 4 rival 66-65 Sunday afternoon after Baron’s buzzer-beater was waved off after review.
Baron needed rest as he had played most of the game up to that point and his father knew that. He was forced to sit Sosa and his son for a period of time he wishes he could have gone back and replayed. A tired Baron would have been a better option.
At the 8:29 mark, Reggie Groves entered the game for Baron with the Griffs leading by four. Suddenly, it felt as if former Griffs head coach Tom Parrotta was back...