In vastly different settings and in vastly different manners, the Fayetteville-Manlius basketball emerge from Friday night's festivities with strong wins over Corcoran and continue to move toward high Section III Class AA playoff seeds.
The boys Hornets, improving to 13-3, nearly got to the century mark in outscoring the Cougars 96-78, but the F-M girls needed to fight through overtime to top Corcoran 50-47 and move its mark to 14-2.
At home, the boys Hornets were host to its annual "Pink Out", with players, fans and coaches decked out in special pink T-shirts to raise money for the Susan G. Komen Foundation and breast cancer awareness. In all, approximately $20,000 has been raised in the four-year history of the event.
For this version, the Hornets were meeting a Corcoran side eager to avenge an 86-45 defeat to the Hornets back on Dec. 17. And the usual standing-room-only crowd inside the "Hornets' Nest" had to worry for a while before the hosts took control.
A wild first quarter saw F-M, fueled by four 3-pointers (two of them from Jake Wittig), grab a 16-4 lead, but Corcoran countered with an 18-1 spurt in a four-minute span before the two sides ended the period even, 22-22.
They stayed much closer in the second quarter, neither side getting any real advantage as fouls mounted up on both teams. F-M only had a 44-42 lead going to the break.
But the Hornets broke it open early in the third period with a 10-2 run, which included Tomer Nesher's steal and dunk in the middle. Just as devastating was the 11-2 spurt near the end of the period, which made it 72-55, and Corcoran never got closer than 11 points again.
All the while, John Schurman hurt the Cougars in multiple manners, not stopping until he had posted 34 points, plus nine rebounds and three steals. Wittig was spectacular, the freshman point guard landing 15 points, 11 assists and six steals, while Nesher also had 10 points. Freshman T.J. Wheatley managed 14 points and nine rebounds.