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.
Aside from Knupp, Jake Peterson, with eight points, paced the Laker attack, while Bobby Leslie and Pete Knupp earned seven points apiece. Steinberg finished with 18 points as Akol Ater (16 points) and A.C. Ater (10 points) also hit double figures.
Skaneateles faced another tough road test when it went to Buckley Gym Friday night to take on Cazenovia, where one bad stretch of basketball would prove quite costly as it lost the latest battle of Lakers teams by a score of 64-53.
Of the last 10 times Skaneateles had faced Cazenovia, Skaneateles had won nine of them. Thus, Cazenovia had plenty of motivation, a fact only augmented by the close 63-62 loss it took to Syracuse Academy of Science earlier in the week.
They played through a tight first half, Skaneateles generally able to match Cazenovia’s production level despite Ryman Seeley’s nine points. But a key moment came right before halftime.
Clinging to a 24-23 lead, Cazenovia gained some cushion when Kevin Hopsicker drained a 3-pointer, and that, plus a free throw, helped extend the Skaneateles deficit to 28-23 going into the break.
As it turned out, that momentum carried Cazenovia through the entire third quarter. Tight man-to-man defense led to Skaneateles turnovers and baskets on the other end, all part of a 25-7 blitz that made the score 52-30, seemingly out of reach.
Except that Skaneateles didn’t give up, even as the deficit grew to 58-36. Stunning the hosts, Skaneateles went on a 17-0 run, moving within 58-53 as Leslie (a game-high 18 points) and Peterson (11 points) led the rally. But the comeback ended there, as Cazenovia made six of 10 free throws in the final two minutes to finally put things away.
Seeley, with 16 points, and Hopsicker, with 12 points, led Cazenovia. Meanwhile, Sknaeateles would look to break a two-game skid when it returned home Monday to face Hannibal before a Thursday game against Altmar-Parish-Williamstown.