No matter what took place, it was a time to celebrate, because B’ville was officially honoring the baseball team that won its first-ever state Class AA 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 Warriors were in no mood for generosity.
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.
But 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.
But every B’ville number paled next to those of 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. However, the Warriors made up for it by having 14 different players score at least one point, including Tyler Sullivan, who managed nine points as Justin Capoto and Matt Hunter had six points apiece.
While the girls Warriors play in Binghamton, the Liverpool boys will have its first home game of the season on Saturday, against Vestal (Section IV), after which it rests before a Jan. 7 rematch with Henninger.