DeWitt As originally planned, the 2012 edition of Christian Brothers Academy’s boys basketball Bottar-Leone Holiday Classic was a chance for three local powers to gather together for a series of unique contests unavailable at other times in the regular season.
But the way things worked out, it evolved into a showcase for one of those teams, Fayetteville-Manlius, who in the course of 24 hours reinforced its status as a major Class AA title contender and showed the others, Jamesville-DeWitt and CBA, how far they still had to go.
In Saturday night’s tournament opener, the Hornets met the Red Rams, their second meeting in as many weeks. This one was far less lopsided, but had the same outcome – F-M clearly on top over J-D by an 81-54 margin.
Back on Dec. 22, it was a one-sided affair that saw the Hornets play its best defense of the season on the way to pummeling the Rams 68-27. J-D managed only three points in the first quarter, and F-M kept pulling further away, eventually gaining a 28-12 lead by halftime.
It only got more lopsided in the second half as F-M’s attack grew more diverse. Twelve different Hornets scored and 11 of them notched field goals, with John Schurman leading the way as he got 16 points and eight rebounds.
The rematch at CBA nearly went in the other direction, partly due to lineup changes as Jeff Edwards returned for J-D from a foot injury that sidelined him for most of December and F-M’s star forward, T.J. Wheatley, missed the game.
For most of the first half, J-D kept up with F-M, and it was 36-32 as the clock wound down. But the Hornets’ Parker Harris drained a 3-pointer just before halftime, nearly doubling F-M’s margin.
Sparked by that basket, the Hornets drubbed J-D with 32 third-quarter points to get clear. Again, Schurman led the way, sinking seven 3-pointers on his way to 25 points, to go with five steals and five rebounds.