continued Try as it could, the Bears could not put together a sustained run as Seeley, with some converted free throws, built his total to 21 points and the Lakers held on.
Devin Phelps led Chittenango with 14 points, the only Bear in double figures. Connor Mills managed eight points, while Sean Cliff had seven points and Aaron Jones contributed six points.
Both of these teams had opened last Tuesday night. Cazenovia went to Marcellus and mostly leaned on its defense – but found that, with Seeley, it had a reserve just as potent as anyone on the starting five.
Fast out of the gate, Cazenovia had a 19-9 lead through one quarter. After cooling off the rest of the half, the Lakers had a similar hot streak in the third quarter, expanding its lead to 41-24, out of the Mustangs’ reach.
And Seeley led the way, earning most of his 14 points from four successful 3-pointers. Vogl was right behind, with 13 points, while Matt Bonavita managed eight points. For Marcellus, only Duncan Merritt (15 points) scored in double figures.
Chittenango, meanwhile, started its season by hosting Jordan-Elbridge. After blowing a big lead late in regulation, the Bears somehow recovered for a 56-51 victory over the Eagles.
All went right for three periods, Chittenango steadily working its way to a 37-23 lead. But it all fell apart in the fourth quarter, J-E getting hot from the field just as the Bears went cold as Jared Bard (15 points) and Zach Wagner (14 points) led the comeback.
From what looked like a certain win, the Bears found itself tied, 41-41, but in the four minutes of overtime it scraped together enough offense to pull it out.
Phelps set the pace with 20 points as he and Cliff, who finished with 14 points, both hit on three 3-pointers. Brett Buyea added nine points and Jordan Sass picked up six points.
Even with the loss to Cazenovia, the Bears will have chances to recover this week in games against Skaneateles and Marcellus. Cazenovia, meanwhile, goes to Phoenix before hosting J-E on Friday.