continued Bucs coach Bob Misch lauded the Hornets’ stifling 1-3-1 zone defense.
“He [Blackford] has been using it for years,” Misch said. “He's got the kids learning it right down in fifth grade on up, so they perfect it really well. They like to trap a lot and it was pretty successful.”
The Hornets consistently threw three men at the Bucs ball-handlers, disrupting their offensive system the entire night. F-M held Oswego scoreless for three-minute stretches in each of the first three quarters.
“It's a real tough defense,” Blackford said. “They've played it their whole career and every kid knows what their responsibility is.”
Schurman began the night 34 points shy of becoming the sixth player in school history to reach the 1,000-point mark. He finished with a team-high 20, and will get his next chance at reaching the milestone Friday, when F-M hosts Baldwinsville.
Nesher contributed 18 points and Avellino finished with 11, giving the Hornets four scorers in double figures.
“We've got a lot of guys who can score for us,” Blackford said. “John [Schurman] doesn't feel as though he has to carry the load anymore.”
Sands led the Bucs with a game-high 23 points. Brothers Josh and Zach Gillard contributed 16 and 11 points, respectively.