Kantorski scores 23 in double-overtime loss to Leicester

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PRESTON, Lancs. — Konrad Kantorski tied for a game-high 23 points, and Spas Nikolov added 17 and 10 rebounds, but the Spinners narrowly lost 95-93 in double-overtime against Leicester on Saturday.

David Walsh had 14 points and Zion Tordoff scored 11 off the bench for Lancashire (8-22, 7-19 National League 1), which shot 42 percent and had 19 assists, and had to overcome a sluggish start.

The Spinners led 73-67 with 1:30 remaining before Leicester closed on a 6-0 run, and Carl Pearson went 1-of-2 at the free throw line to force overtime.

Pearson again extended the game, which saw three lead changes and four ties in the first extra period, to a second overtime when he hit a jump shot to tie the score at 83-all with nine seconds left.

Connor Murtagh, who missed a potential game winning 3-pointer, scored three-straight points to give Lancashire an 88-85 lead, but another 6-0 run powered the Warriors ahead by three with 1:05 remaining.

Kantorski’s 3-pointer cut the deficit to 94-93 late, but Rodney Sanders went 1-of-2 at the line to seal the win.

Sanders led the Warriors (13-17, 11-15) with 23 points and Pearson added 21.

NOTES: Mark Rangeley and Jack Hudson both received Did Not Plays (DNP), which was a coach’s decision … Kantorski started his first game of the season for the Spinners … Played 48 out of a possible 50 minutes.

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