In the span of eight days, the Skaneateles boys basketball team had to go on the road to meet three of the OHSL Liberty division favorites – and each of those game ended in defeats.
Nearly a week after falling to defending Section III Class B champion Westhill on Dec. 5, the Lakers paid a visit to unbeaten Bishop Grimes, and got a lot closer to victory, only to go cold at the wrong time and take a 60-50 defeat to the Cobras.
As it has done throughout a 4-0 start, Grimes would turned to Tom Steinberg for some early production. The senior forward notched six points in a 12-0 run that covered most of the first quarter and put Grimes in front, and fellow senior Joe Arrigo notched four points just before the horn that extended the lead to 20-10.
But when Steinberg, who had 10 first-half points, picked up his second foul early in the second quarter and went to the bench, the Lakers took full advantage - especially forward Chris Knupp.
Finding room under the basket, Knupp drew contact and converted two three-point plays on his way to nine of his team-high 15 points. That helped Skaneateles erase the entire deficit and tie it, 32-32, going to halftime.
Even when Steinberg returned for the third quarter, the Lakers continued to pound away, grabbing a 42-38 lead. But then it slowed down, and despite Grimes also suffering through its fair share of sloppy play, it caught back up and went ahead for good, 47-45, on Steinberg's basket with 6:14 left.
What really cost the Lakers, though, was the way its attack dried up throughout the fourth quarter. All Skaneateles could manage in the fourth quarter was a single field goal, a banked-in 3-pointer by Pete Knupp in the final minute.