Skaneateles Host Skaneateles controlled the second half to defeat rival Marcellus, 55-38, in an OHSL Liberty division boys basketball game Friday night.
The game was part of the “Hoops for the Hospital” charity promotion. All proceeds from the night - which featured seventh grade, eighth grade, junior varsity, and varsity games between the schools - benefitted Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital, and Upstate Hospital Cancer Center.
A pivotal third quarter belonged to the hosts. The Lakers turned a one point intermission lead (25-24) into a 41-29 edge after the period.
“We started to get a little bit more movement against their zone,” Skaneateles coach Karl Norris said. “And I thought we played well defensively.”
The win broke Skaneateles’ brief two-game losing streak. The Lakers are 2-2 overall and 2-1 in Liberty play. The Mustangs (0-4 overall, 0-3 league) are still looking for their first win.
The signs looked promising for the visitors early. The Mustangs took an early 5-2 lead, and fought back from an eight point deficit (20-12) to snare a 23-21 edge late in the second quarter.
But Skaneateles took control in the third quarter, outscoring Marcellus 16-5. It took the Mustangs more than six minutes to score their first second-half point.
“We’re a little offensively challenged right now,” Marcellus coach Jim Marsh said. “We’re really young. We had three sophomores out there tonight and one freshman. I think the kids played with everything they had. We just couldn’t get the ball to go into the hoop.”
Any thought the Mustangs had of making a comeback were dashed midway through the fourth quarter when Skaneateles went on a 11-3 burst.
The Lakers three big men - Austin Gardner (14 points), Ryan McQuiggan (12 points) and Kudik Abrams (five points) - were more than Marcellus could handle.
“We talked at the beginning of the game (about) Marcellus playing that zone, (that) we should be able to hit the offensive glass,” Norris said. “It’s tough to rebound out of that zone. I think Kudik, Ryan and Austin did a nice job taking advantage of that.”