continued Following baskets by Allen and Scott, Kenney followed with another 3-pointer, and when he converted his third shot beyond the arc with 5:49 to play, the lead was back to 63-48, and the Warriors were never threatened again.
All of Kenney's 11 points came in that decisive 17-3 run. He was one of five Warriors to reach double figures as Scott gained 14 points, Sullivan earned 13 points and Justin Capoto threw in 11 points. Brian DeMonte led C-NS with 14 points as Ronnie Williams and Austin Perry had nine points apiece.
Now both teams got tough road tests on Friday night. C-NS went to defending Class AA champion Henninger, while Liverpool ventured to 2-0 Fayetteville-Manlius. And both would lose – the Northstars to the Black Knights 67-57, the Warriors to the Hornets 67-62.
Of the two, Liverpool had the closer call. Throughout the first half, anything the Hornets did, the Warriors would match. That led to a series of mini-runs, but nothing that was sustained, so F-M and Liverpool went to the break tied, 33-33.
With Liverpool’s defense bent on stopping John Schurman, other F-M players got open looks, including Louis Avellino and Mike Hoalcraft, who would combine for eight 3-pointers as the Hornets inched out in front in the third quarter.
Then Avellino hit consecutive 3s early in the final period to give F-M a double-digit margin, 55-45, but again Liverpool fought back, the comeback led by Brandon Derouchie, who hit four 3-pointers on the night and had 18 points overall.
Sullivan’s 3-pointer with 1:30 left cut the Hornets’ lead to 62-58, but from there, F-M stayed cool, making six of eight free throws in the homestretch to hang on.
Aside from Derouchie, Taylor, with 11 points and 10 rebounds, and Scott, with 12 points, made the biggest impact for the Warriors, while Sullivan had eight points.