This led Liverpool back to the Carrier Dome for Sunday’s Hall of Fame Classic meeting with Baldwinsville, whom it lost to, 68-65, in this same spot a year ago just before Jacob took over.
That didn’t happen here, as the Warriors’ fast pace, and especially the efforts of Taylor, proved too difficult for the Bees to handle as Liverpool prevailed 87-68.
Other than a pair of Jayson Brower free throws to start the game, the Warriors never trailed, taking immediate control with a 14-1 run that consumed less than three minutes of clock.
Caldwell, brought off the bench following two quick fouls to Dominick Pirro, had back-to-back baskets to ignite that charge. But it was Taylor scoring the final seven points of that spurt, just a hint at what lay ahead.
Up 20-5 late in the first quarter, Liverpool saw B’ville cut the margin to 22-14. What followed, though, was an 18-8 Warrior spurt in the second quarter where Taylor twice sank 3-pointers, giving him 15 points for the half.
With a 42-27 halftime edge, the Warriors again saw the Bees try to get closer, moving within 44-34 early in the third period. Again, Taylor sparked a Liverpool surge with outside shots as two more 3-pointers helped make it 66-44 late in the third period, out of the Bees’ reach. Taylor would finish with 29 points, nearly double his total from the Corcoran game.
Even with this 2-0 start, Liverpool did not have much time to savor it, because on Tuesday night defending Class AA champion Utica Proctor would pay a visit in the Warriors’ home opener.