Liverpool At Liverpool High School Friday night the scene was packed with reporters, news stations, fans, alumni, and even a play-by-play radio crew as the sudden departure of boys basketball head coach Jerry Wilcox drew a curious crowd.
Despite just learning of the firing of Wilcox the day before, the Warriors knew it had to put it aside and, under new head coach Matt Jacobs, go out and play basketball as it had a huge test in visiting Oswego.
“I was shocked and disappointed about the way coach left us,” said senior Nate Redmond. “But we're excited with coachh Jacobs at the helm and were ready to come out and get our first win in front of the home crowd.”
Liverpool was ready - but Oswego was better, steadily pulling away and beating the Warriors, 77-58, to keep the hosts winless.
Sitting at 0-3 going into the game, the only thing the Warriors wanted to do was get a win. Regardless of the circumstances surrounding Wilcox's departure, the players all shared the same goal.
The 'new' coach' isn't a new face, though. Matt Jacobs has been a part of the Liverpool program for quite some time (11 years as the JV coach) and everyone - players, former players, and fans - have faith in him.
“I think coach Jacobs is good for the mid season change,” said former student Al Calo. “He knows all the players, and most likely coached them at the junior varsity level, so hopefully he will know what they need to do after watching these games.”
Against Oswego, though, it didn't work right away. In the first quarter, the Warriors would come out weak as the Bucs would get six chances off missed shots before converting the game's first basket. Right from that first possession of the game, perhaps Liverpool fans knew it was going to be a long one.