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Skaneateles boys hoops reach Class B semis

From its no. 3 seed, the Skaneateles boys basketball team powered its way into the second week of the Section III Class B playoffs with a pair of double-digit wins.

Just getting out of the first round required two days of work, even though the Lakers blew out no. 14 seed Lowville 72-25.

Skaneateles wasted little time pulling away from the visiting Red Raiders on Tuesday, as a 16-6 game got out of hand after the Lakers blitzed Lowville 23-3.

By the third quarter, it was 45-11 -- but just at that moment, a power outage hit the Skaneateles area, and the gym plunged into darkness. The two teams waited for an hour and, when the lights didn't return it was agreed to wait until the next day to finish the game out.

Thus, Lowville drove more than two hours back to its home in the north country, returned at 1 a.m. Wednesday morning, then got back on the bus a few hours later, coming back to Skaneateles at noon to finish, even though the outcome had long been determined.

Rice had 20 points, and Roberts added 16 points before sitting out the fourth quarter. Zach Brownlee had seven points as Craig Pille and Ryan Coye came off the bench, each picking up six points.

As the lights were going out in Skaneateles, Solvay, the no. 11 seed, was stunning no. 6 seed Marcellus 67-61, the Mustangs' season doomed after a season-ending foot injury to leading scorer Will Fiacchi two weeks earlier.

So this meant the Bearcats would take on the Lakers in Friday night's Class B quarterfinal -- and with Rice and Roberts plus a stifling defense, Skaneateles took out Solvay 48-32.

Far from sharp in the first half, the Lakers compensated by holding the Bearcats to just four points in the opening period. The offense picked up enough so that Skaneateles could take a 20-14 lead to the break.

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