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Asil Cash (front fourth from left) holds the Golden Rim trophy as the Suns and young fans celebrate a second straight title. — Photo by Ralph Stewart

The RCBL season came down to one last game and then some Monday night at the Boys and Girls Club in Edgartown. With the best-of-three series tied, 1-1, the Suns and the Heat left everything out on the floor in one of the most memorable games in three decades of league play. The hotly contested series came to an epic, gruelling close as the Suns outlasted the Heat, 116-113, in triple overtime to repeat as league champions.

With the game tied at 113-113, Matt Brown scored what proved to be the winning bucket, a put back off of Paul Linderson’s initial shot with 35 seconds left in the third extra period. Asil Cash added an insurance free throw. Nick Viera’s last gasp shot for the Heat failed to reach the basket and the Suns had defended their title. The last team to repeat as league champs were the Heat in the 2009-10, 2010-11 seasons.

The big win capped off a post-season surge by the Suns, who had a tough regular season and came into the playoffs as the low seed. The Suns swept the top-seeded Bulls in the semifinals and rallied from a game down in the finals. They also erased a 15-point deficit in the decisive game.

Through three periods Monday night, a Suns victory in game three was seriously in doubt. The Heat’s outside shooting was razor sharp, particularly in the first half, as they drained 11 treys en route to a 60-49 halftime lead. The lead grew to 15 in the third quarter, with the Heat up, 79-64. The Suns shaved the lead down to 83-74 heading into the final period and continued to chip away.

Cut to 7:42 left in regulation, when Asil Cash hit the first of three crucial three-pointers. The first trey sliced the Heat lead to 90-88, the second left the Heat ahead 94-93. Jade Cash sank two free throws to put the Suns ahead at 95-94. Lucas Brewer responded with a free throw and a bucket to put the Heat back on top, 96-95. Asil then popped in his third trey of the quarter to tie the game at 98-98. The Cashes — Jade, then Asil — put the Suns up by four only to have Nick Viera and Will Fielding answer for the Heat.

In the final minute, Lucas Brewer missed a three-point attempt. With three ticks left, Sandy Fisher stole Asil Cash’s inbounds pass. The Heat called timeout with 0:02 on the clock and had one last chance to end the game in regulation. Sandy Fisher nearly made a shot for the ages as the ball bounced off the rim from half court. After 48 minutes, the teams went to overtime tied at 102.

Jade Cash and Nick Viera traded baskets in the first overtime. On to the second three-minute period. Again, the teams scored two points each. Viera had the clear highlight, racing in from half-court, cutting to the hoop, and scooping the ball up and in from behind his head.

Somehow, the teams found an extra reserve of energy for the third overtime. Asil Cash and Tim Scott drove to the basket, exchanging layups. Paul Linderson banked one in off the glass for the Suns and Nick Viera answered with a no-look underhanded bank shot of his own, made while he fell to the floor, ten feet from the hoop.

With the score 110-110, Asil dished to Jade Cash underneath and added a free-throw off the next possession. Lucas Brewer then tied the game for the last time by sinking his seventh three of the game.

With another RCBL season in the books, no league MVP was officially named, but Jade Cash would have to be it with Nick Viera a close second. In the championship clincher, Jade led the Suns with 45 points. Asil was stellar as well with 39. Nick Viera had 43 for the Heat, followed by Lucas Brewer (29), Tim Scott (15) and Will Fielding (10).

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Vineyard eighth grade girls finish regular season 14-0

The eighth grade girls travel basketball team picked up two Cape Cod Hoops League road wins last weekend to conclude the regular season with a perfect 14-0 record. The Vineyard earned the number one seed in the upcoming playoffs.

The girls opened up by defeating third-ranked Dartmouth 43-23. The hosts played a box and one on Molly deBettencourt, shutting her down in the first half, but M.V. reached the halftime break in front 22-17. The Vineyard clamped down defensively in the second half, holding Dartmouth to six points. Devin Hill scored 13 points, Molly deBettencourt had 10 and Rose Engler added eight.

The Vineyard followed up by blowing out second place Falmouth 54-19. Devin Hill scorched the basket with 21 points, Molly deBettencourt scored inside and outside for 15 more, while Kat Roberts and Clare Naughton each had six. Lily Piggott was a defensive standout.

The girls open the playoffs Sunday in Falmouth at 11:20 am against eighth seeded Rochester. The winner advances to play either Lakeville or Plymouth North at 2:50 pm.

Sixth grade boys win a pair

The Vineyard sixth grade boys improved to 6-8 with victories last weekend over Dennis Yarmouth 41-40 and Barnstable 44-10. Jeremy Regan lead all scorers against D-Y with 24 points. Tim Wallis and Jack Holmes played stellar defense. Against Barnstable, Jared and Jeremy Regan combined for 30 points, while Avery Villegas dominated the boards. Cam Moore, Oliver Metters and Logan Araujo all scored four points apiece. This weekend, the Vineyard boys will participate in the Cape Cod Youth basketball League playoffs, featuring 20 teams from Southeastern Mass.

Eighth grade boys beat Bourne, Lakeville

The eighth grade boys travel team finished the regular season Saturday, winning two tough games. First, at Bourne, Cole Houston sank a last second shot to give the Vineyard a 55-54 win. Cole led M.V. with 33 points. John Morris and Chris Patnaude both played strong all around games.

The boys returned home in the afternoon and defeated Lakeville, 54-49. Cole Houston was the high scorer with 29 points and Curtis Fournier added 13. The Vineyard (8-6) heads into the playoffs this weekend seeded sixth in a 19-team division.

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The regular season entered the final week with two games on the docket Monday afternoon.

The game of the day was the girls contest, matching the 5-0 Oak Bluffs Blazers and 4-1 Edgartown Eagles. The game lived up to the team records. The Blazers remained undefeated with a 31-29 win.

The Eagles defense did a good job shutting down Blazer Molly deBettencourt, holding her to 13 points, well below her season average. The problem for Edgartown was that Molly still finished the day with a triple-double, adding 10 assists and 10 steals. She also had seven blocks. Rose Engler added 10 points for the Blazers. Edgartown’s Clare Naughton had a chance to tie the game on the final shot but the ball hit the backboard and failed to go in. Devin Hill led the Eagles with 13 points.

In boys play, the Tisbury Tigers defeated the Charter School Chargers 53-30. Dylan Dyke scored 13 and Gabe Oliveira 12 for Tisbury. Miles Jordi scored 13 to lead the Charter School.

The playoffs begin January 30 with the boys play-in game between Oak Bluffs and West Tisbury. The girls semifinals are Friday. The date and time for the championship game has yet to be decided. The game will be held on the court of the highest seeded team. The boys semifinals are scheduled for Tuesday, with the championship game set for either February 10 or 11 at a venue to be determined.