Caz boys hoops takes pair of tough losses

Lakers squander late leads to Solvay, SAS

Though Hopsicker managed 16 points and Vogl added 14 points, Cazenovia saw Seeley cool off on this night, managing just nine points as Ross Gerber got seven points.

In last last Monday’s non-league game against Class D contender Faith Heritage, a strong defensive performance in the first half, plus big offensive numbers from Vogl, helped the Lakers ease past the Saints 53-45.

Cazenovia spent the first two periods applying all kinds of pressure, and Faith had a difficult time handling it. This, plus a sporadic attack, helped the Lakers build a 26-15 halftime edge.

The Saints tried to rally in the second half behind Luke Last, who caught fire and earned most of his game-high 25 points after the break.

But the Lakers kept answering, led by Vogl, who set a new season mark with 21 points and got lots of support from Seeley and Hopsicker, who managed 14 points apiece. Between them, Vogl, Seeley and Hopsicker earned all but two of the Lakers’ field goals.

The pair of tough losses to Solvay and SAS left the Lakers at 6-4, not in the ideal position going into Tuesday night’s game at state-ranked Westhill, their first encounter since the Warriors beat the Lakers in last year’s opening round of the Section III Class B tournament.

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