As with the girls game, the first half was one-sided, Skaneateles scoring at will and overwhelming the Eagles on its way to a 51-12 advantage. This allowed the Lakers to use its bench for long stretches of the second half.
Jimmy Atkinson led with 16 points, with Brandon Barron adding 15 points and Ryan McQuiggan putting up 13 points. Kudik Abrams had a career-best 11 points, with Matt Delasin (seven points) and Austin Gardner (six points) also making solid contributions.
Given the no. 6 seed in Class B, Skaneateles got to host no. 11 seed Holland Patent in Tuesday’s opening round, with the winner to get Bishop Grimes or Mount Markham in the quarterfinals.
The girls Class B sectional tournament bracket split – a huge break for Skaneateles, who was placed as the no. 5 seed in Class B-2, away from powers like Westhill, South Jefferson and Utica-Notre Dame, all of whom went to the B-1 side.
However, to advance, the Lakers will need to beat J-E (the no. 4 seed) again this Friday at 7 p.m., and it might feature a return for Hourigan.