Three nights earlier, Cazenovia paid that visit to Syracuse Academy of Science, having the lead going into the fourth quarter and a chance to win it late – and capitalizing on neither situation.
All seemed to be fine in the first three periods. Cazenovia inched out to a 17-14 first-quarter edge, and though both sides had plenty of production in the second period, the Lakers mostly stayed in front and was up 37-34 on SAS at the break.
By the time they reached the final period, Cazenovia’s lead had grown to 48-43, and it clung to that advantage until, trailing 58-55, SAS roared to the front with a timely 7-2 run.
Now trailing 61-60, the Lakers had a chance to go back in front in the final minute, but could not convert. With 10.4 seconds left, the Atoms made a pair of free throws, and the Lakers’ 3-point attempt to force overtime, though a basket at the buzzer cut the final margin to one.
Seeley, who led with 19 points, was one of four Cazenovia players to score in double figures. Hopsicker, Gerber and Henderson each put up 11 points, while SAS’s Jayson Brower led both sides with 24 points as Jesse Murry added 16 points.
This led Cazenovia back home to its clash with Skaneateles, and a bit more success.
With a 3-1 mark, the Lakers host Altmar-Parish-Williamstown on Tuesday before going to meet Syracuse’s other OHSL Liberty school, Institute of Technology Central, on Thursday night. A Dec. 27-28 appearance at the Penn Yan Tournament will follow.