Liverpool guard Jeff Edwards (23) goes over Cicero-North Syracuse’s Vince Mallaro (5) and Xavier Brown (1) for a jump shot in Friday’s game. Edwards had 15 points, including four 3-pointers, as the Warriors beat the Northstars 78-64 and completed a regular-season sweep in this neighborhood rivalry.
continued The Northstars did threaten in the closing minutes of the third quarter. Baskets from seniors Mike Lumia and Xavier Brown cut the Liverpool lead to four. But Edwards and Russo responded with buckets of their own to push the lead back out to nine, setting up the late-game runaway.
Liverpool first took control midway through the second quarter. Clinging to a 22-21 lead, the Warriors finished the half on a 17-7 run thanks to a three-point play from Taylor, eight points from Edwards and a second-chance bucket from Hector Oyola, who would finish with 15 points.
“The difference in the other two games,” said Jacob, referring to those defeats to Nottingham and West Genesee the week before, “were 23 and 27 turnovers. Tonight we had(just) seven.”
Brown, a 6-foot-4 junior, led C-NS with 23 points. Brian DeMonte had 10 points, with Mike Lumia (eight points), Mike Tricarico (seven points) and DeShawn Stephens (six points) close behind.