Grimes' Stone reaches 1,000; J-D, CBA win

Bishop Grimes' boys basketball team is still in charge of the race for the OHSL Liberty division regular-season title - and Mike Stone made some history along the way.

The Cobras, who got a key win over Skaneateles earlier in the week, caught Marcellus short-handed Friday night and won by a score of 85-72 to stay ahead of Westhill in the Liberty standings.

Should those two teams keep winning, Grimes (15-1, 9-1 league) and Westhill (13-2, 9-2 league) could play next Friday for the league title. The Cobras' only loss of the season came to the Warriors on Jan. 8.

The entire character of the Bishop Grimes-Marcellus game changed before the Mustangs even came to East Syracuse.

In Marcellus' win over Cazenovia on Wednesday night, Will Fiacchi, the team's leading scorer, fell awkwardly, breaking a bone in his foot and sidelining him for the rest of the season.

Without Fiacchi and his 21.5 points per game, the Mustangs had to change its game plan, focusing more on the duo of Will Nolan and Steve Raven. Nolan had missed the Cobras' win over Marcellus on Dec. 23 with a wrist injury.

Where it really hurt, though, was on defense - where it quickly became apparent that Marcellus could do nothing to stop the quick, aggressive Cobra attack.

Grimes grabbed a 20-13 lead by the end of the first quarter, and quickly the attention turned to Stone, who in the second period sat on 997 career points.

Fittingly, Stone used a 3-pointer to reach 1,000 points, and the game was stopped to honor him as the gathered crowd gave him a standing ovation.

Of course, Stone and his mates were far from done. The Cobras built the margin to 38-22 by halftime, then kept on matching the Mustangs' production throughout the second half, overcoming 23 points from Raven and 21 points from Nolan.

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