F-M wins three straight, improves to 11-2

Hornets dispatch ESM after romps of Nottingham, C. Square

Earlier in the week, F-M ripped past Central Square 63-34. Playing for the first time since the Henninger and Oswego losses, the Hornets did exactly what it would do against Nottingham as it shut down the Red Hawks in a 43-8 first half.

Schurman finished with 22 points and six rebounds, while Wheatley poured in 14 points and also got six boards. Josh Manzi earned a career-best eight points.

As a follow-up to those games, F-M played Monday night at East Syracuse-Minoa, who held its own "Hoops For the Hospital" fund-raiser, also benefiting the Golisano Children's Hospital.

The Hornets would beat the Spartans 71-56, but it was a far shakier start as ESM, fueled by Bobby Campese's 10 first-quarter points, led 13-7 late in the first quarter.

Turning things around, F-M leaned on Schurman, who scored 14 of his team's first 20 points as part of a 23-6 run, which helped the Hornets lead 36-28 going into halftime.

ESM hung close until Jeff McDuffie, who had provided a spark on both ends of the floor and had 11 points, went to the bench with a head injury late in the third quarter.

Nesher helped the Hornets get away, earning 17 of his 23 points in the second half as Schurman cooled off, though the sophomore still managed to gain 26 points. Campese led the Spartans with 21 points.

This sets up a big game Thursday night where 11-2 F-M visits Utica Proctor. Like the Hornets, the Raiders started fast (10-0) and, like F-M, it also lost back-to-back road games,in this case overtime defeats to C-NS and Henninger.

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