After the first meeting netted only 61 total points, the Norwood and Walpole High boys basketball teams made sure that the Bay State Conference chapter of their long rivalry would not end without a little more excitement in Tuesday night’s rematch.

In a contest chock-full of momentum swings and big shots, the visiting Rebels finally closed the door on a spirited Mustang upset bid with the last mini-run, scoring the final five points of the second overtime in a 65-61 victory that completed a season sweep.

“It’s always fun to play Walpole, always fun to play well and it’s good for the kids to be in a close one like that in a rivalry game,” said Norwood coach J.J. Oliver, whose team fell 34-27 in Walpole. “Hopefully it’s character building, unfortunately not a character-building win.”

Norwood fell to 1-16 on the season with three games remaining, completing its final BSC season with a 1-9 league mark. Sophomore Dan Grasso had a career-high 23 points, while Akhil Sripada-Vaz gave the Mustangs a late spark with 14 of his 16 coming in the fourth quarter and overtimes.

The Mustangs held leads in both extra sessions and appeared positioned for a win in the first OT when Grasso hit an off-balance corner 3 for a 56-55 edge with 32 seconds left and the Rebels were struggling to get a good look in response as the clock ticked away.

But Connor McDonough was fouled with 6.4 seconds to go with Walpole scrambling and hit the second of his two free throws to tie it at 56-56. Norwood called timeout after a few dribbles upcourt with 2.5 left, but a Grasso bid for the win on the inbounds was after the buzzer.

The Mustangs last lead came at 61-60 after a Jason Ortega free throw, but Brett Lavanchy put Walpole ahead for the final time by finishing in the lane while fouled with 1:09 left in the second overtime.

He missed the free throw, but made 1-of-2 on the next Rebel trip after being fouled grabbing an offensive rebound of his own shot, giving Walpole a 63-61 edge with 45.5 seconds left.

Lavanchy had 22 points and 13 rebounds on the night, while Matt Falvey added 15 for the Rebels, who were without starting guard Trey Wilkes due to illness.

Norwood missed an attempt to tie on the other end, and Aidan Chariton made two key free throws to help seal it, improving Walpole to 6-12 on the season.

“Credit to Norwood, they hit some phenomenal shots, some really tough shots,” said Walpole first-year coach Mike Masto. “The guys kind of looked at the bench and looked at each other like what is going on, we are doing everything we can, and when you hit tough shots it kind of discourages you a little bit but coming back to what we believe in and executing got us back in the game.”

Walpole got out to a quick 12-0 advantage against a Senior Night starting lineup for the Mustangs, but Norwood came storming back to take an 18-15 lead by the end of the first quarter behind Grasso, who had eight points and three of his six 3-pointers in the opening stanza.

“A ton of guys contributed tonight but that stretch where Grasso got hot really sparked that comeback and he continued to play well throughout the game,” said Oliver. “That’s kind of what need. We have been looking for someone all season that night in and night out can hit some shots so we can set up our press and get some stuff going that we want to do.”

Tied at 27-all at the half, Norwood built its largest lead of the night at 37-30 with three minutes left in the third, but was held without a field goal for the next nine minutes, and an 11-0 run forged a 44-38 lead for the Rebels.

But Sripada-Vaz took over in the final two minutes, scoring eight points, including knocking down both ends of a 1-on-1 to stunningly knot the game at 48-48 with 17.4 seconds left.

Norwood had a chance to win it in regulation after forcing a five second call on Walpole, but Jordan Matovu’s drive was off the mark.

“I’ve never once questioned their heart, their fight, their competitiveness,” said Oliver. “We just had game tonight where a ton guys stepped up, hit shots, played well together, and that the team that we can be.”