continued But Russo was just getting started. He then drilled consecutive 3-pointers to put Liverpool ahead 47-44, and followed it up with another 3-pointer, plus a conventional basket, before the quarter was done. It was a 14-2 run, and 13 of those points were from Russo, as he would get 19 of his 22 points after the break.
The Warriors never trailed again, and when WG closed the gap to 59-56 with less than four minutes left, Liverpool answered with three straight baskets, capped by Taylor’s spectacular baseline dunk with 2:30 left. WG never got as close as five points again.
Taylor, overall, had 19 points, just behind Russo, while Edwards produced a season-best 16 points and Oyola got 12 points. Henry and Shane Temara led WG with 16 points apiece.
Then C-NS took its turn against a New Hartford side that had roared out to its own 7-1 start. Neither side could gain any separation during the first half, but the Northstars inched out to a 33-30 lead going to the break.
Through a tense third quarter, New Hartford had ample chances to catch up, but could not quite do so, and C-NS picked up pressure in the late going, which led to turnovers and easier baskets.
Tricarico, in particular, had a career night, pouring in 27 points, mostly on five 3-pointers and eight successful free throws.
Not far behind, Brown, working inside, gained 20 points. This helped to negate the solid work by the Spartans’ trio of Mark Chanatry (15 points), Tom Clifford (12 points) and Jordan Henderson (11 points), all of whom reached double figures.
New Hartford recovered to beat West Genesee 73-68 in the consolation game, sinking 14 3-pointers, 10 of them in the first half alone.
Liverpool and C-NS aren't done with each other, as the rematch takes place exactly three weeks from now, on Jan. 18 at the Warriors' home court.