Basketball Warriors struggle in Jacobs' debut

Liverpool falls to Oswego, is still winless

— Despite the awful first possession, the Warriors would remain close for a while, only trailing 15-11 after one period as Jacobs managed to get 11 of the 12 players on the roster into the game.

In the second quarter, the Warriors could not get a sustained scoring push as Oswego, with a mini-run, stretched out its advantage. Going into halftime, the Bucs led 37-28. Warriors fans were still positive that, with a new coach giving a halftime speech, the outcome would prove different, too.

Liverpool would start the second half hot, as Mike Russo would hit a 3-pointer and Tyler Bliss converted an inside lay-up. But just when everything looked like the Warriors were going to make a comeback, Oswego would respond with a 3-pointer, a defensive stop, an inside lay-up, or something along thoselines to crush the Warriors hopes.

The Bucs built on that halftime edge as at the end of the third they would have a 59-42 lead. Still not giving up, the Warriors fans would chant “Russo, Russo, Russo” until Jacobs put him back in the game. But it wouldn’t be enough to stop Oswego.

“Liverpool started off strong on offense, but they had no discipline towards the rebounds,” said former player Cam Jones. “Then on offense, they just didn’t blend as a team as it looked like one-on-one basketball.”

Oswego was led by Josh Gillard, who earned most of his 22 points from six successful 3-pointers, while Ryan Lavner had 13 points and Ryan Patrick got 10 points. As for Liverpool, Bliss had a career-best 17 points, with Russ and Caleb Taylor adding 11 points apiece.

Liverpool will continue to search for its first win of the season on Wednesday and Thursday just down the road, at the Cicero-North Syracuse Christmas Tournament, where it will meet St. Joseph's in the first round.

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