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Skaneateles boys hoops falls to Marcellus

Due to a single game that was twice pushed back, the Skaneateles boys basketball team had to make an important tweak to its schedule.

Instead of the Lakers playing Bishop Grimes in a first-place duel last Wednesday night, the game will now take place on Feb. 1, in East Syracuse, and it might have a lot more meaning if the Lakers can knock off first-place Westhill at home Thursday prior to the trip to East Syracuse.

As events unfolded, though, the meaning would come from the fact that it would have to beat Westhill to climb back to the top of the OHSL Liberty division -- this after it slipped from its share of first place Saturday in a 63-56, double-overtime loss to archrival Marcellus in the Coaches vs. Cancer Challenge at Onondaga Community College.

In their first meeting Dec. 11, the Lakers came from 10 points down with less than two minutes left to stun the Mustangs 59-57. No doubt, the Mustangs wanted revenge, and would get it -- though it would take a while.

They traded runs throughout the first half, the Lakers leading 7-2 before the Mustangs went on a 10-0 run, seven of the points coming from Will Fiacchi. Marcellus led by as many as five in the first half and took a 25-22 edge to the break.

Throughout an uneven second half, neither team would trail by more than three points, thereby avoiding the extremes of the first meeting as the lead switched hands 12 times.

Another turnover by the Mustangs set up Kevin Rice for a pair of tying free throws with 38.1 seconds left in regulation to make it 43-43. And that's where the crazy stuff started.

Will Nolan's possible go-ahead shot in the final seconds flew long and missed the rim, causing a shot clock violation. With 1.6 seconds left, the Lakers threw a long pass - but it hit the OCC gym roof, giving the Mustangs a chance to inbound from that same spot near the basket. Fiacchi got a shot in the corner - but it also flew too long.

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