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Thomas brothers lead M-E past Hamilton

At least until next season, it can be safely said that the Morrisville-Eaton boys basketball team has gained control over its neighbors from Hamilton.

The Warriors completed a regular-season sweep of the Emerald Knights Thursday night by going to Hamilton and riding the hot work of freshman Will Thomas to a 57-49.

Having already won the first meeting at home on Dec. 10, M-E now sought success in the rematch at a place its head coach, Chad Snow, knew well -- because he attended Hamilton, only adding to the spice of the rivalry.

Such a rivalry can make records meaningless -- and sure enough, Hamilton, despite its 1-12 mark, made the Warriors work hard.

All through the first half, the Emerald Knights used a zone defense to try and take out M-E senior forward Ben Thomas, and he only had one field goal. But that left Ben free to pass to his younger brother, Will, for open jump shots, a trend that would continue all night.

Trailing by five late in the half, Hamilton used a pair of 3-pointers to forge a 28-28 tie at the break. They would trade runs in the third quarter, too, as the Warriors went ahead with an 8-0 spurt, only to have the Emerald Knights rally and inch into a 42-40 lead early in the fourth quarter on Keith Upton's lay-up.

Even when M-E reclaimed the lead, it remained undecided until the Warriors notched the game's final six points at the free-throw line.

Overall, Will Thomas had 28 points, while Ben Thomas got 11 of his 18 points at the foul line, then added eight assists, seven rebounds, three steals and two blocks. Jamison Maciag had nine points, all from a trio of 3-pointers.

Coley Graham led Hamilton, setting a new career mark with 20 points that included four 3-pointers. Upton added 15 points, while Mikey Jones (seven points) and Dan Meeks (six points) each hit on a pair of 3-pointers.

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