FITCHBURG -- Groton-Dunstable was without junior Corey Romich for Monday night's Monty Tech Summer Basketball League game against last place Oakmont (0-7).
The Spartans gave the Crusaders a bit of a scare in the waning minutes of the second half, but Groton-Dunstable was able to circle the wagons for a thrilling 33-31 win.
With the victory, Groton-Dunstable improves to 5-2 in Division 1 play. Groton-Dunstable junior Gavin Keough led his team with 11 points and four rebounds. On the defensive end, Keough added three blocks.
Keough scored the first basket 1:30 into the game, but Oakmont built momentum on a three-pointer from Justin Streeks. The Spartans took a 6-2 lead, but the Crusaders continued to push the envelope. Keough connected on a three-pointer and Ronnie Peck drained a free throw to give Groton-Dunstable a 9-8 lead midway through the opening half.
Oakmont forward Jamison Dunn netted a three-pointer to put the Spartans out in front 11-10.
Groton-Dunstable summer league coach Bob Allen used a time-out with under five minutes remaining in the half.
Groton-Dunstable came out and tied the game before half-time at 16-16. Oakmont grew its lead to nine points following three three-point makes by Dunn. Groton-Dunstable continued to scratch its way back into the game with key baskets from Tyler LeClerc (6 points, 3 rebounds, block, steal) and Jack Allen.
Groton-Dunstable trailed by 10 points with 2:30 remaining in the game, but used a 13-0 run to quell the hot shooting of Dunn. Groton-Dunstable senior Ronnie Peck swished a free throw with 35 seconds remaining to tie the game at 31-31.
Keough pushed the Crusaders over the top with a pair of free throws in the final 20 seconds.
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