Each of the times the Skaneateles boys basketball team met up with defending Section III Class B champion Hannibal, it has given the Warriors lots of problems.
Following a Dec. 23 contest that went to overtime, the Lakers (11-6) took another shot at Hannibal at home Wednesday night, and it stayed close until the late stages, when the Warriors got away and beat Skaneateles 52-41 to take first place in the OHSL Liberty division.
Showing how much of a pain it could be, the Lakers seized a 13-11 first-quarter advantage, only to see its offense slump in the second quarter as it managed just six points against Hannibal's tight, effective defense.
Through an evenly played third quarter, Skaneateles remained close, only trailing 40-34 before the Warriors got away in the late stages.
Tom Schoener led Skaneateles with 11 points, most of it from a trio of 3-pointers. Nick Pesarchick added 10 points, while Kelly Donigan and Kyle McQuiggan each had six points. Hannibal had forward Brenden Nollet put up 15 points, balanced out by guards Jeff LaMont and Tyler Baker each having 11 points.
The Lakers' activity last week commenced with a trip to Homer, where the Lakers clinched a winning record by running over the Trojans 64-30.
Skaneateles held Homer to less than 10 points in every single period, methodically building its margin with work that included a 19-6 romp through the second quarter.
Pesarchick produced 15 points, leading the way as he, along with Kevin Rice (11 points) and Paul O'Donnell (10 points), combined to outscore the Trojans by themselves. Donigan, McQuiggan and Brandon Barron each had six points.