CNS pulls away from Liverpool in hoops tourney final

Warriors get first win of the season over St. Joe's Villa

— A day earlier, everything clicked against St. Joe’s Villa in the fourth quarter. A close game for three periods turned in the fourth quarter when Liverpool outscored St. Joe’s 28-10, the sort of breakout missing from Liverpool’s earlier contests.

Jacobs earned his first varsity coaching win as Russo hit five 3-pointers, earning 20 points, a number matched by Bliss. Taylor (seven points) and Oyola (six points) offered the main support.

CNS had a difficult time with Victor, trailing the Blue Devils 21-19 at halftime. Only in the third quarter did the Northstars get the pace it wanted, inching into the lead and fighting hard down the stretch to stay in front.

Brantley, with 11 points, was the only Northstar player to score in double figures. Andrew Johnson stepped up for eight points, with Roberts and Sam Nassar managing seven points apiece.

On Tuesday night, CNS (5-2) faces a big task when it visited 7-0 Fayetteville-Manlius, just as Liverpool is home to race Central Square. On Friday, the Warriors play Nottingham and the Northstars take on Oswego. These two rivals get a rematch on Feb. 3.

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