Dec 21, 2013 Phil Blackwell Uncategorized
No matter what took place during the Baldwinsville boys basketball team’s home game against Liverpool on Friday night, it was a time to celebrate.
That was because the school was officially honoring the B’ville baseball team that won its first-ever state championship last June in Binghamton.
Most of the baseball players were in attendance (a few had to play hockey that night), and they got to see a championship banner revealed in the Baker High School gymnasium, and also picked up state championship rings purchased through funds raised by the program’s booster club.
B’ville, of course, would have liked to win the basketball game, too – but the rival Warriors were in no mood for generosity, overcoming a poor start and pulling away in the second half to defeat the Bees 84-64.
Off back-to-back losses to top Class AA contenders Fayetteville-Manlius and Henninger, Liverpool got into trouble here, too, as the inspired Bees played at a feverish pace and made everything as it raced to a 25-16 lead.
Led by Caleb Taylor, though, the Warriors turned it around, getting its own 25-16 push through the second period to tie it, 41-41, at the break. Then, after the baseball players got their moment of glory, B’ville promptly got stomped as Liverpool outscored them 21-9 in a decisive third quarter.
Battling to the end, the Bees saw Ben DiOrio get 17 points, plus six assists and five steals. Nick Alley had 14 points, while Devyn McLeod had 12 points and five rebounds.
Kyle George (nine points) and Cameron Skipworth (eight points) nearly got to double figures, too, but all of them tailed behind Taylor, who poured in a season-best 30 points to make up for the fact that none of the other Liverpool players scored in double figures.
A few miles down the road, Baldwinsville’s girls team, off its first loss of the season (62-38 to reigning champion Cicero-North Syracuse on Dec. 18), tried to bounce back at Liverpool, but the undefeated Warriors turned them back in a 52-37 defeat.
In short, B’ville paid for a cold first half, unable to get any kind of offense going against Liverpool as the Warriors, despite its own struggles, built up a 22-13 margin as they went to halftime.
And though the Bees did pick up its pace in the third quarter, Liverpool still put them away with a 23-11 effort, led by Rachael Windhausen, who would finish with 18 points and 16 rebounds as Drew Dufrane (16 points) and Nicole Carey (10 points) offered help.
No one on B’ville could match Windhausen or Dufrane, though Rachael Miller finished with 13 points, six rebounds and seven blocks. Emily Pascale, held to four points against C-NS, did a bit better here with eight points, five rebounds and four assists. Hope DeFazio had just five points.
Both of B’ville’s teams look to get back into winning form at East Syracuse-Minoa next weekend when they played in the Vince Celi Memorial Tournament.