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Free throws push Grimes past Skaneateles

Cobras advance to face VVS in Class B semis

— Though the Cobras rarely hit field goals down the stretch, it kept forcing fouls. Just as important, it converted on the line, 16 times in 19 attempts, and by game's end five Grimes players had scored in double figures.

Jon Carnegie led with 15 points, while Steve Lembo and Gai Ater each managed 13 points. Eisa Adam earned seven of his 11 points in the final period, while Casey Evans put up 10 points.

Atkinson led Skaneateles with 14 points. McQuiggan had 12 points and Brandon Barron put up 11 points, though both of them would foul out in the closing minutes.

Grimes now faces no. 15 seed Vernon-Verona-Sherrill in the Class B semifinals Wednesday at Cicero-North Syracuse, this after the Red Devils knocked off no. 2 seed South Jefferson and no. 7 seed General Brown on the road. The winner here will play Bishop Ludden or Marcellus March 4 in the Carrier Dome for the sectional title.

Skaneateles, meanwhile, ends its season at 13-7, knowing that three key seniors - Barron, Atkinson and McQuiggan - will depart. More will be expected of the likes of Ben Eppolito, Alex Brownlee, Luke Drancsak and Austin Gardner next winter.

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