Grimes had seen the deficit grow to 33-23 by halftime -- but led by Stone, Sugamosto and Kucjok Ater, the Cobras caught up in the third quarter, applying greater pressure and converting baskets to forge a 43-43 tie.
And they would stay even through the fourth quarter and one OT, as Stone worked his way to 22 points and Ater added 12 points. Defensively, freshman Casey Evans stood out, never letting the Lakers' star guard, Kevin Rice (13 points), get too many open looks. Evans and Evan Pitonzo (back from his trip abroad) had five points apiece, too.
Two days later, Grimes watched as top seed Westhill dispatched of Holland Patent, 69-45, in the other semifinal at Chittenango.
So on Sunday at 3:45, the Cobras and Warriors will settle the Class B championship at Utica Memorial Auditorium. Westhill, of course, won both regular-season meetings, the only losses Grimes have taken this season.