The Spartans led most of the game, but Harpursville (8-1, 5-1) rallied to take a four-point lead with about four minutes left.
“I was very proud we didn’t fold up our tents and go home,” Bonczkowski said. “We continued to play.”
Manzanero hit a shot in transition and later hit a free throw to cut the deficit to one before Unatego forced a key turnover. Mannina then drew a double-team and found Manzanero under the basket for a three-point play that gave Unatego a two-point lead with 2:30 left.
The Spartans went 12-for-19 at the foul line, including a 7-for-9 effort during the last four minutes. Manzanero hit 4 of 5 and Talbot, who guarded Drummond most of the night, went 2-for-2 during that stretch.
Unatego stands a half-game out of first place in the MAC as Unadilla Valley – the state’s 18th-ranked team in Class C – beat Afton on Friday night to improve to 8-1 overall and 6-0 in the league. Bonczkowski said the two teams will go head-to-head in the Spartans’ last game of the regular season (Feb. 1 at Unatego).
The Spartans visit Greene on Tuesday, when Harpursville hosts the Storm.
Oneonta 60, SV 40
Mariah Ruff had 16 points, seven rebounds and seven assists to lead host Oneonta High to a Southern Tier Athletic Conference victory.
Ruff scored eight points in the first quarter, which ended with the Yellowjackets ahead, 24-6.
“We came out hot,” said OHS coach Matt Miller, whose state-ranked team (third in Class B) took a 36-13 lead into halftime. “I think we made our first five shots and we were up 12 or 13 points before you knew it.”
Natalie Vanderlaan-Meyering contributed 12 points and eight rebounds for the Jackets (9-0, 7-0), who received 10 points from Kelsey Baker.
OHS again played without starting guard Dani Nicosia, who has been out more than three weeks after suffering a concussion.