Gates-Chili outlasts Victor for Class AA sectional championship

Gates Chili boys basketball team lost their final two regular season games, the second one, after giving up a 12-point lead with five minutes to play against Rush-Henrietta. That loss knocked the Spartans out of the number one seed.

“That loss was the best thing that could’ve happened to us, it catapulted us in the semifinals and it helped us again tonight,” Coach Jeff LaFave said after his Spartans rallied from five points down with two minutes left in regulation and beat Victor in overtime, 71-68, to earn the Class AA boys basketball title, their first since 2009.