Hornets fight off Liverpool, rout West Genny

F-M boys improve to 3-0, continue hot shooting display

Avellino led with 18 points, most of it from five 3-pointers. Hoalcraft had a season-best 14 points as Schurman, held to a season-low 13 points, still had a double-double, earning 12 rebounds. Point guard Jake Wittig augmented his 11 points with 11 assists, three rebounds and three steals.

All of this followed F-M’s latest dazzling effort at West Genesee last Tuesday night, where Schurman and his teammates again unloaded on the Wildcats in the course of a 76-42 romp.

If that looked familiar to WG fans, it was, for F-M did much the same thing last season in Camillus, drilling a series of 3-pointers in the early going to take the Wildcats out of it before it could get settled.

Off a Dec. 6-7 tournament win in Baldwinsville, WG thought that, this time around, it would have a better chance, but Schurman quickly proved otherwise.

Schurman came out firing on all cylinders, recording 18 first-quarter points, leaving WG staring at a 29-7 deficit by the time that period ended. For a brief while, the Wildcats cooled things down, but another barrage of outside shots marked a 23-11 Hornets sprint through the third quarter that put the game out of reach.

The Wildcats, led by Shane Temara (who had nine points), seemed overmatched by F-M’s 1-3-1 half court trapping zone all night. This forced the Wildcats into many turnovers, including one that led to a runout and electrifying two-handed dunk by Schurman.

Hitting on six 3-pointers, Schurman finished with 32 points, and that was despite sitting out most of the fourth quarter. But he also got a lot of help from his teammates.

Wittig controlled the game all night on his way to eight points, 10 assists, and four steals. Avellino managed 11 points, as he, Wittig and Sean Brown (10 points) each made a pair of 3-pointers. Hoalcraft, Alex Leuze and John Stone also hit 3-pointers by the time it was done, giving the Hornets 15 of them for the night.

After getting past Liverpool, it's back to the road for F-M, making two trips to the city next week to take on Nottingham Tuesday and Corcoran Friday before its appearance at the Stop DWI Tournament in Binghamton on Dec. 28-29.

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