For Marcellus, only Duncan Merritt (15 points) scored in double figures. Wyatt Stehle had eight points, while Mike Dillon got seven points and Powers got six points. Ryman Seeley led Cazenovia, earning most of his 14 points from four successful 3-pointers.
Solvay, who like J-E only had four regular-season wins in 2011-12, began by visiting league favorite Bishop Grimes, and playing well in the middle stages, though it lost to the Cobras 63-45.
An early Grimes blitz left Solvay behind 17-6 going to the second quarter. Over the next two periods, though, it managed to outscore the Cobras 29-26 and getting all nine of its players in the rotation to record at least one field goal.
Despite that, the Cobras pulled away late, led by Casey Evans, whose 23 points included four 3-pointers, and Jon Carnegie, who had 16 points and eight rebounds. On Solvay’s side, Nick Filippi led the way, but had just 12 points, with Cody Pucello adding eight points and Tyler Cardinell getting six points.
The Bearcats returned home to face Phoenix on Thursday night, and appeared ready to break into the win column – but a late surge by the Firebirds led to a 59-54 defeat.
Following a closely played first half, Solvay, trailing 26-23, surged to the lead in the third quarter, led there by Filippi, who would finish with 17 points.
That 43-40 edge did not hold, though, as Phoenix reclaimed the lead in the final period behind a deep, well-balanced attack where nine different players got field goals and none had more than the 10 points put up by Richard Howington and Chris Vaverchak. Behind Filippi, the Bearcats saw Sal Tartaro get nine points, with Cardinell and John Savo adding eight points apiece.