When it all was finished, the Baldwinsville boys basketball team had the same win total (five) this winter as it did in 2010-11.
The Bees had two chances to improve on that number in the last week of the regular season, but missed on both occasions against Class AA title contenders.
First, B’ville hosted Nottingham last Wednesday night, and the Bulldogs would take charge just before halftime on its way to beating the Bees 82-61.
They were even, 20-20, going into the second quarter. Once there, Nottingham increased a fast tempo even further, outscoring B’ville 24-13, and from there the hosts were in catch-up mode.
Nearly half the Bees’ production came from Willie Hython, who earned 29 points. Kevin Drain had 12 points, with Mike Muldoon adding 11 points.
The Bulldogs, meanwhile, put five players in double figures. Kamron Davis led with 18 points, followed by Tyquan Rolon (13 points), Derrick Gore, Delquan Holmes (11 points each) and Jaquan Adams (10 points).
Then B’ville took to the road to finish its season at Fayetteville-Manlius, and the young, talented Hornets, who hadn’t lost at home all season, topped the Bees 71-57.
At first, B’ville wasn’t rattled by the setting, taking a 15-13 lead by the end of the first quarter. However, F-M’s 1-3-1 zone defense forced a string of second-quarter turnovers, and the Bees were outscored 19-4 the rest of the half.
From there, the visitors could not catch up, despite Hython earning 18 points and Drain adding 14 points. Muldoon got nine points and Brett Charbonneau managed six points. F-M sophomore John Schurman led his side with 26 points.