Ithaca took the lead on a free throw with 15 seconds remaining, and Vestal could not get off a shot in the closing seconds, as the Little Red held on for a 57-56 home victory Friday night in a Southern Tier Athletic Conference boys basketball game.
Frank D’Esti scored 19 of his 24 points in the fourth quarter, as the Golden Bears clawed their way back from 15 points down to tie the game at 56.
Luke Riesbeck added nine points for Vestal.
Bruce Greene led Ithaca with 17 points. Jaedon Henderson added 12 points and Jordan Hackworth chipped in 10 for the Little Red.
* Seton Catholic Central 70, Chenango Forks 65: Cody O’Neil came off the bench to score 21 points on seven 3-pointers, leading host Seton Catholic Central to its fourth straight win in conference play.
Free throws played a pivotal role as the Saints made 17 of 21 attempts from the line. Seton CC also hit 11 3-pointers in the game.
Michael Korchad added 16 points, David George chipped in 12 and Brian Hartrick had nine points and a team-leading 12 rebounds for the Saints.
CJ Melvin led all scorers 36 points and Andrew Ziegenfus added 14 for Chenango Forks.
* Susquehanna Valley 60, Oneonta 45: Susquehanna Valley went 21-for-24 from the foul line and stayed undefeated by beating Oneonta.
Brendan Normile scored 13 of his game-high 27 points in the second quarter, and also grabbed nine rebounds. He went 14 of 15 from the free-throw line.
Jason Fiorentino and Austin Simon added 10 points apiece for the Sabers (8-0).
Oneonta made six 3-pointers in the first half and trailed 33-29 at the break. However, the Yellowjackets were outscored 15-6 in the fourth as SV pulled away.
Jakob Mykytyn had 15 points and Schylar Thompson added 10 for Oneonta.
* Johnson City 72, Windsor 63: Colin Arvanitakas scored a game-high 27 points, including 10 each in the second and third quarters to lead the host Wildcats (10-2) past Windsor.
Matt Czeitner added 17 points for JC. Nate Wrighter scored 19 to lead Windsor (5-5).
60, Owego 34: Chris Ruffo had 22 points and Zack Collins added 17 points for the Warriors as they topped Owego.
Brandon Hathaway led the Indians with 16 points.
Union-Endicott 74, Corning 58: C.J. Krowiak scored 19 points, 18 in the second half, to give the Tigers the win against Corning.
Osama Barwari added 14 points for U-E. Patrick Marks had 14 points and Jared Cramer added 13 for the Hawks.
* Binghamton 54, Maine-Endwell 50: Hannah Spencer had 14 points and Binghamton went 5-for-6 from the free throw line in the fourth quarter to hold off Maine-Endwell.
In a back-and-forth contest, the lead changed hands five times over the final quarter. Down 52-50, the Spartans missed a potential game-tying jumper with 45 seconds left, and the Patriots hit their free throws down the stretch.
Olivia Ramil had 13 points for Binghamton. Becca Dewing led Maine-Endwell with 11.
* Union-Endicott 60, Corning 41: Katherine Vienneau scored 23 points to lead Union-Endicott to a decisive victory over Corning.
The game was tied at halftime, but U-E began pulled away in the third quarter, outscoring Corning 21-4.
Hailey Bicknell led Corning in defeat with 10 points.
* Oneonta 60, Susquehanna Valley 40: Mariah Ruff had 16 points, seven rebounds and seven assists to lead undefeated Oneonta to a win over Susquehannan Valley.
Oneonta (9-0, 7-0) took control early, leading 24-6 after the first quarter and 36-13 at halftime.
Natalie Vanderlann-Meyering added 12 points and eight rebounds for Oneonta.
Shayna Lee scored 12 points to pace Susquehanna Valley.
* Vestal 60, Ithaca 38: Melanie Patterson scored 12 of her game high 25 points in the first quarter to give Vestal a win against Ithaca.
Alex Evans added 10 points for the Golden Bears. Taylor DePalma led Ithaca with 14 points.
* Chenango Forks 52, Seton Catholic Central 32: Michaela Transue scored 11 of her 22 points in the fourth quarter to lead Chenango Forks past Seton Catholic Central.
Transue went 9-for-10 from the free throw line to lead the Blue Devils, who went 16-for-21 overall.
Taylor Stevens led the Saints with 12 points.
* Owego 52, Chenango Valley 43: Rachel Merril scored 20 of her game-high 25 points in the second half to give Owego the win over CV.
Jill Silvanic added 12 points for the Indians. Hannah Elliot led the Warriors with 14 points.
* Johnson City
51, Windsor 38: Alexis Chilson had 18 points on six 3-pointers to lead JC over Windsor.
Alyssa Edwards added 10 points for the Wildcats. Ashley Kamp led Windsor with 13 points.
* Chenango Valley 4, Maine-Endwell 2: Mike Ferranti scored the go-ahead goal with 12:01 remaining in the second period, and Chenango Valley held off Maine-Endwell at the BCC Ice Center.
Ryan Corey scored twice and Tara Riley stopped 23 shots for the Warriors.
Kyle Balmer and Brenden Dyer each scored a goal for M-E (1-10-3).
CV (4-7-2) plays against Binghamton at 4 p.m. today at the Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena.