Lakers ousted by Holland Patent

Chris Nourse stood out, leading both sides with 22 points. Cody Ash, with 10 points, was the only other Laker in double figures as Trent Widrick added eight points.

HP's defense did an effective job on seniors Peter Lokai, Aaron Burbidge and Tom Eschen, holding them to a combined six points. Lokai still led the Lakers with 10 rebounds.

For the victorious Golden Knights, Jared Keyte led the way, with 18 points, as Golembiowski added 15 points. Mike Ellis (11 points) and Don Whitaker (10 points) also reached double figures.

Cazenovia got to the semifinals by fighting through a tough and trying B-1 quarterfinal against no. 7 seed Bishop Grimes last Tuesday night, prevailing 65-55 over the Cobras.

Completing a perfect 11-0 run in the cozy confines of Buckley Gym, the Lakers made its pivotal run in the third quarter, breaking open a tight affair by holding Grimes to just eight points in that frame.

Grimes tried to subdue the Lakers with all kinds of physical play, leading to some technical fouls. And once again, Cazenovia came through at the foul line, making 25 free throws to the Cobras' eight, many of them down the stretch.

Burbidge, close to automatic in these circumstances, had 12 of his 21 points come from free throws in his last home game. Nourse had 20 points, eight of them from foul shots, while Eschen and Lokai each had nine points and offered their usual strong presence on the boards. Widrick added six points.

Defensively, the Lakers did a nice collective job on forward Frank Majka, holding him to eight points. In fact, Eric Ball, who had 23 points, was the lone Grimes player to score in double figures.

That would prove to be the last Laker win of a historic campaign where the accolades, honors and cheers produced by head coach Todd Widrick and his players far outweighed the fact that the season ended short of a sectional title.

Now, to repeat that magic in 2007-08, the Lakers must somehow find a way to replace three cornerstone players of that success in Burbidge, Eschen and Lokai. At least the presence of Nourse, Ash, Trent Widrick, Bryan Wight and Ben Dewan as seniors will make that transition easier.

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