continued When the Cobras seized an 18-13 first-quarter edge, it appeared the fast tempo that had produced a 5-0 start and no. 7 state Class B ranking would remain intact.
Except that the runaway never happened. Cazenovia turned it into a midcourt battle and, over the next two periods, played on even terms with the Cobras. This forced Grimes into playing a tight game in the homestretch for the first time, but it managed to fend off all of the Lakers’ advances.
Casey Evans, with 15 points and seven assists, was one of four Cobras to score in double figures. Jon Carnegie had 14 points and 15 rebounds, while Gai Ater also managed 14 points and Steve Lembo added 10 points.
Cazenovia’s Kevin Hopsicker hit four 3-pointers to account for most of his 16 points as Tanner Whiteman (15 points) and Oliver Gates (12 points) offered ample support.
Now Grimes looks forward to a major challenge when it plays in Christian Brothers Academy’s Bottar-Leone Holiday Classic. The Cobras play Buffalo-area power St. Joseph’s in Thursday night’s opening round, while CBA plays Nazareth (New York City), with the consolation and championship games Friday night.
At the same times, the girls host the Bishop Grimes Holiday Tournament, meeting Solvay in the first round at 7:45 Thursday after Watertown IHC plays Rochester Mercy at 6:15.
JV games precede the varsity contests, with the same schedule to follow on Friday. All proceeds will benefit the “More Than A Game” Foundation and Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital.