Meanwhile, Bishop Ludden, the state’s top-ranked Class A team, tuned up for next weekend's Rosemary Corcoran Holiday Classic by cruising past Fulton 69-35 to improve its mark to 4-0.
For a half, the Red Raiders did hang close, only trailing 27-22, but that proved illusory as the Gaelic Knights used a 21-8 third-quarter blitz to get away, ultimately outscoring Fulton 42-13 for the half.
Dan Kaigler, with 19 points and nine rebounds, led four Ludden players in double figures. Ben Hackett dished out seven assists to go with his 16 points, while Jack Rauch managed 12 points and Zach Walser added 10 points. Kevin Sierotnik contributed seven points.
Marcellus, fresh off that big win over Bishop Grimes, saw its momentum carry over into another home game against Syracuse Academy of Science, the Mustangs topping the Atoms 75-58.
They were tied, 15-15, when in the second quarter Marcellus started to light up the SAS defense. In the middle two periods, the Mustangs outscored the Atoms 49-28, setting a torrid pace to help climb back to the .500 mark (3-3) for the season.
Mike Hastings led Marcellus, pouring in 23 points, though Wyatt Stehle was close behind as he got 19 points. Mike Dillon’s 15 points included a pair of 3-pointers as Jordan Bandera managed a double-double of 13 points and 12 rebounds. For SAS, Jason Brower had 19 points and Jesse Murry added 18 points.
Jordan-Elbridge’s struggles continued, though, as it fell to Phoenix 57-50. The Eagles (1-4) took a 28-22 lead to halftime, only to go cold in the third quarter as the Firebirds outscored them 17-8 to move out in front for good.
Zach Wagner, in defeat, managed 12 points, while Ryan Matousek had 11 points. Kyle Matousek added 10 points as Jake Melfi (eight points) and Justin Quinn (six points) were also part of a well-balanced J-E attack. Phoenix, who improved to 4-2, got 14 points from Dylan Doupe and 12 points from Zach Sisera and Connor Haney.