Nitro led by seven entering the fourth and extended its lead to 50-39 when Sirianni hit his second 3-pointer - and third field goal in less than a minute - with 6:37 left. It was then when McNeil emerged, making the home stretch of the game a thrill ride.
The senior guard hit a 3 to cut Nitro's lead to 52-41, and he and Sirianni accounted for 29 of the game's final 34 points. However, the Dragons could get no closer than 62-57 before McNeil drew his fifth foul, with 26.6 seconds left.
"That was a heck of an effort by Nathan McNeil. Take your hat off to him. He hit tough shot after tough shot after tough shot," Nitro Coach Bryan Faber said. "It wasn't this mano y mano duel that we were just letting happen. He hit tough shot after tough shot, and Angelo was just being Angelo for us."
McNeil said his performance was actually a last-ditch effort to salvage a game that was getting away from his team.
"Coming in at halftime I knew I wasn't playing well enough to get a victory, so I decided to turn it on as best I could," McNeil said. "Unfortunately so did Angelo, so we went at it. It was a fun game. I wish we came out with a 'W' but I think it'll really help this team moving forward."
The showcase of long-range shooters - both Sirianni and McNeil made 50 percent of their 3-point attempts and shot better than 50 percent overall - overshadowed another contest of the area's brightest young talent. Nitro freshman guard Trevon Taylor had 12 points, three rebounds, two assists and two steals while Moss finished with 14 points and five boards.
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