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February 18, 2013

Unatego boys stand tall, win MAC final in OT

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“This win was as big as any,” Knight said. “Last year’s was nice because it had been so long between titles, but this one, not too many people gave us a chance. We gave ourselves a chance.

“We all contributed and we’ve done that all year long,” he continued. “Everybody looks for everybody and we communicate well on offense. We’re the same way on the defensive end. We don’t rely on one guy to shut somebody down. We do it as a team; at least we try.”

The Spartans have little time to come down from their championship high as they’ll host MAC rival Unadilla Valley (10-8), the 10th seed, in a first-round sectional game at 7 p.m. Wednesday.

Seventh-seeded Unatego is in the bracket opposite Sidney, meaning it can only play the Warriors again if both teams make it to the March 2 sectional final at the Broome County Arena in Binghamton.

“This win gives us confidence,” Wingate said. “We can beat anybody now.”

Dean Russin can be reached at drussin@thedailystar.com or 607-432-1000, ext. 215.

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