Some losses hurt more than others.
That truth would especially apply to the Marcellus boys basketball team, who had last Tuesday’s game against Syracuse’s Institute of Technology Central in hand – only to squander it and take a 70-68 defeat to the Eagles.
From the time it nearly doubled up ITC 19-10 in the first quarter, the Mustangs maintained control. The Eagles closed within 37-32 by halftime, but it appeared Marcellus was on its way when it stretched the lead to 60-48 by the time they reached the fourth quarter.
Then it all went wrong. Applying all-out pressure, ITC forced the Mustangs into a rash of turnovers, and with a series of baskets made up the entire deficit, sneaking out in front during the closing seconds, much to the home team’s dismay.
This came despite four Marcellus players scoring deep into double figures. Wyatt Stehle led with 17 points, with Jordan Bandera getting 16 points. Mike Dillon and Mike Hastings each had 14 points. For ITC, Rensey Chandler had 19 points, while Algernon Torrence (17 points) and James Walker (15 points) lay close behind.
And after all this, the Mustangs had to go up against defending Class B champion Westhill on Friday night, this after the Warriors’ game with Altmar-Parish-Williamstown on Wednesday night was postponed due to the massive snows that struck the APW area.
Staying undefeated, the Warriors beat Marcellus 75-50, breaking the game open in the second quarter when it outscored the Mustangs 26-7 to build a 43-19 halftime lead, after which it essentially cruised the rest of the way without falling into any real danger.
Jordan Roland stepped up again, earning 27 points to lead both sides. Tyler Reynolds had 17 points, while Brian Daily managed a career-best 14 points and Ryan Roland got six points. For Marcellus, Bandera again had 16 points, with Hastings contributing 15 points.