All the Marcellus boys basketball team can do now is sit for what could be close to two weeks, waiting for the Section III Class B playoffs to get underway -- and knowing that it will be short-handed once it gets there.
In the moment senior Will Fiacchi fell to the court with a broken bone in his foot late in last Wednesday night's 79-66 victory over Cazenovia, the Mustangs' late-season momentum crashed to a halt.
The injury will sideline Fiacchi and his 21.5 points per game for the rest of the season, and without him, Marcellus (12-6, 10-4 league) could not contain OHSL Liberty division leader Bishop Grimes Friday night in an 85-72 defeat.
When the Mustangs hosted Cazenovia, it was supposed to serve as a tune-up for Grimes. But Cazenovia, one win away from a playoff berth of its own, played with desperate urgency, sprinting out to a 10-point first-quarter lead.
Though it bounced back and got the fast pace it wanted, Marcellus could not shake Cazenovia and only led 37-33 going into the break. To get away, the Mustangs had to rely on a multi-pronged attack, something that hadn't taken place at times this season --but had to happen after Fiacchi went down.
Fiacchi (who got hurt, ironically, on the day he signed his football letter of intent to attend the University of Albany) had 19 points, before the injury, while Will Nolan put up 13 points. Steve Raven had 12 points as James Kinney took a much larger role, earning 10 points. Mike Tross (nine points) got close to double figures, too.
All this negated a fine Cazenovia effort as Zack Golden earned 21 points, leading both sides, and Tanner Whiteman had 15 points that included a trio of 3-pointers.
Now came the trip to meet Grimes, a team Marcellus lost to at home Dec. 23 when Will Nolan, among others, was still out of the lineup.