continued Still, Liverpool battled back. Down 64-57, it whittled the margin down to two, 64-62, on Mike Russo's 3-pointer with 28.6 seconds left, which meant that B'ville had to do something on the foul line.
Mike Aiello, fouled with 13.6 seconds to play, made both of his free throws to make it 66-62. Russo converted again on a layup to slice the margin to 66-64, leading to Hython's late free throw and one more successful defensive stand.
Overall, Drain led with 23 points, 10 of them in the first quarter that helped the Bees stayed within sight amid Liverpool's shooting barrage. Darren Finn chimed in with 14 points and Charbonneau added seven points. Russo led Liverpool with 22 points, while sophomore Caleb Taylor added 17 points.
This game completed four days of intense activity, which gave a quick indication of whether the Bees were ready for a long-awaited push into contender status after going 5-12 a season ago.
To start with, the Bees would host its own tip-off tournament, welcoming Fulton, Corcoran and Whitesboro to the Baker High School gym.
In Thursday night’s opening round, B’ville met Fulton and, pushing the tempo from start to finish, gradually pulled way in a 78-61 victory over the Red Raiders.
The Bees outscored Fulton in each period. It had a double-digit advantage (36-24) by halftime, and though the Red Raiders made a series of late runs, B’ville kept answering, mostly through a dominant inside game.
B’ville did not make a 3-pointer all night. But Hython still managed 25 points and 10 rebounds, while Drain also had a double-double of 10 points and 14 rebounds. Tony DeMarco had 11 points and four rebounds, with Mike Muldoon adding eight points. Charbonneau backed up his eight points with seven assists.
In the other part of the first round, Corcoran beat Whitesboro 66-57, setting up a final between the Bees and Cougars on Friday night.