Again, Jordan Roland had much to do with that task, the junior pouring in 29 points, including a trio of 3-pointers, to account for nearly half his team’s offense. Jeff Lobello added 12 points as Dan O’Connell managed six points. Dylan Doupe led Phoenix with 15 points.
Marcellus, who lost to Westhill on Dec. 13, also won at home Tuesday – and this proved quite impressive, as a Bishop Grimes team that would take on the Warriors Friday would fall victim to the Mustangs in a 63-56 decision.
What Marcellus didn’t do was panic after the Cobras, missing leading scorer Tom Steinberg, sprinted to a 20-7 first-quarter lead. Instead, it roared all the way back and went ahead, 28-26, by halftime, and then expanded its lead in the third period before hanging on down the stretch.
It helped that four Mustangs scored in double figures. Mike Dillon led with 17 points, but Cole Walsh, with 16 points, and Jordan Bandera, with 15 points, was right behind as Mike Hastings added 10 points. Grimes got 17 points from Akol Ater and 13 points from Joe Arrigo.
Solvay, who had beaten Bishop Grimes in overtime on Dec. 13, followed that up with another close contest at Syracuse Academy of Science – and another victory Wednesday night as the Bearcats rallied late to beat the Atoms 67-65 and improve to 2-2 on the season.
An active first half saw Solvay go out in front, 36-33, but it cooled down in the third quarter as SAS outscored them 16-9. Unfazed by this, the Bearcats made its comeback in the waning minutes, reclaiming the lead and hanging on at the end.
Tyler Cardinell, with 24 points, and Cody Pucello, with 20 points (including four 3-pointers), led the way. No other Bearcat had more than five points. Jayson Brower kept the Atoms in it as he led all scorers with 29 points.