For its part, Grimes did not light up the scoreboard down the stretch. Instead, after Steinberg's runner with 2:19 left made it 52-46, it went a perfect eight-for-eight at the free-throw line the rest of the way. two each from Arrigo, Marial Koyroub, Akol Ater and A.C. Ater.
Steinberg finished with 18 points, a season low, but had far more help from his teammates. Akol Ater (16 points) and A.C. Ater (10 points) also hit double figures as Arrigo added eight points.
This gave Grimes a five-game win streak – but that streak ended Friday night, at Solvay, when the 0-2 Bearcats surprised the Cobras 56-50 in overtime.
Grimes led, 20-17, at halftime, but Solvay used a 15-9 push through the third quarter to move out in front. Though the Cobras rallied to tie it, 45-45, and force OT, Solvay regained control in the extra period and used a series of free throws to put it away.
Davis Kippen, with 17 points, led Solvay’s effort, with Cody Pucello close behind as he got 15 points. Tyler Cardinell added 11 points as, for Grimes, Steinberg (12 points), Arrigo (11 points) and Johnny Wike (10 points) hit double figures.
Before the boys returned to action, Bishop Grimes’ girls basketball team, with a 3-0 record, visited Skaneateles last Tuesday night, but took its first blemish of the season as a big third-quarter shooting display by the Lakers derailed the Cobras in a 56-43 defeat.
Grimes’ smaller lineup gave Skaneateles a chance to dominate inside and get all sorts of rebounds in the first half, contrasting the speed and quickness of the Cobras.
Yet neither side was able to get much going, as it went to halftime tied 19-19. At just the right moment, though, the Lakers’ dormant outside shooting would spring back to life.