Just when the West Genesee boys basketball team wanted to feel good about its long-term prospects, Fayetteville-Manlius showed up to remind them just how much work still remains.
Behind 15 3-point field goals and a huge game from star senior John Schurman, the Hornets handled the Wildcats on its home floor quite easily Tuesday night on their way to a 76-42 victory.
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.
Schurman, who is headed for Binghamton University next year, 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 Fayetteville-Manlius’ 1-3-1 half court trapping zone all night. This forced Fred Kent’s teams into many turnovers, including one that led to a runout and electrifying two=handed dunk by Schurmann.
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.
F-M point guard Jake Wittig controlled the game all night on his way to eight points, 10 assists, and four steals. Louis Avellino managed 11 points, as he, Wittig and Sean Brown (10 points) each made a pair of 3-pointers. Mike Hoalcraft, Alex Leuze and John Stone also hit 3-pointers by the time it was done.
In support of Temara, Rob Pocyntyluk had eight points, with Nick Cunningham and Paul Smyth managing six points apiece. Will Randall and Michael Schmidt both made just one field goal apiece as Troy Temara got shut out.