continued WG's game at Baldwinsville, scheduled for Tuesday, was moved to Dec. 20, so the Wildcats next take the court for Thursday's home opener against Rome Free Academy.
Just before West Genesee took the court, Marcellus met archrival Skaneateles, in pursuit of its first win of the season.
For three quarters, the Mustangs stayed right with the Lakers, but it all fell apart in the fourth quarter, resulting in a 59-41 defeat to the Lakers.
Having started 0-2 with defeats to Cazenovia and Jordan-Elbridge, Marcellus did not want a three-game skid. But neither did Skaneateles, who had opened with defeats to Westhill and Syracuse Academy of Science. This made it an urgent matter for both sides.
They played with that urgency - and intensity - throughout the first quarter. Marcellus led most of the way, but Austin Gardner's six points pushed Skaneateles in front 13-11.
Each side was error-prone in the second period, and as a result, neither of them could make any sustained run or lead by more than a field goal. So it only figured that the game went to halftime in a 25-25 deadlock.
This air-tight battle continued into the third quarter, with five early lead changes. Again, no one could separate, and again when the horn sounded it was even, 37-37, turning it into an eight-minute game.
And it was there that Skaneateles took charge, going on a 14-0 run. All the while, the Lakers' defense kept applying pressure, forcing Marcellus into rushed shots and turnovers. The Mustangs did not score for more than six minutes until Ben Powers' breakaway lay-up with 1:58 left, but the damage had been rendered.
Chris Knupp would lead Skaneateles with 14 points, just ahead of Austin Gardner, who poured in 13 points. Bobby Leslie finished with seven points.