CNS takes out Liverpool in Carrier Dome

To pull further away, the Northstars turned to Dave Jackowski, who notched his team's first seven points of the second half. Then Moonan chimed in with eight points in the period as the lead grew to 50-29.

The combination of Liverpool's struggles from the floor (especially perimeter shooting) and CNS controlling the boards on both ends all but assured that the Warriors could not make the run it needed - even though its offense did improve in the fourth quarter with the game essentially out of reach.

CNS proved quite balanced on the offensive side. Moonan had 13 points, while Coleman and Jackowski each got 11 points. Brantley picked up nine points as Boyce earned eight points and Williams added six points.

Hamm led Liverpool with 14 points, while Rogers got most of his 11 points in the late stages. At least, from the Warriors' perspective, this was a non-league game, as the league contest is not until Feb. 18, the last Friday night of the regular season.

Another high-profile test awaits CNS at Friday's Peppino's Classic at Henninger - namely, a rematch of that memorable sectional final against revenge-minded Utica Proctor, which tips off at 6 p.m. This comes two nights after the Warriors, in its home opener, get its own shot at the Raiders.

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