With the school’s all-time scoring record secure, John Schurman and his Fayetteville-Manlius boys basketball teammates could turn to the latter part of its busiest stretch of the season, which included five games in an eight-day span.
Easy wins over Central Square and Hilton (where Schurman broke the school mark) began the stretch, and it continued last Tuesday at Liverpool, where the Hornets had a far easier time handling the Warriors the second time around, prevailing by a score of 80-56.
Back on Dec. 13, in its home opener, F-M had escaped Liverpool, 67-62, the Warriors doing a superb job containing Schurman, who had just 13 points that night, but watching three others (Louis Avellino, Jake Wittig and Mike Hoalcraft) score in double figures to make up for it.
In the rematch, Schurman produced from the start, helping F-M grab a 20-12 edge by the end of the first quarter. From there, the two side exchanged baskets until the third period, when the Hornets stretched out the margin to 56-43, and then dominated down the stretch.
Though he hit just one 3-pointer, Schurman, settling for shorter, more high-percentage shots, finished with 27 points, more than double the output of the first Liverpool game, and also did well on the boards, too, earning 13 rebounds.
Wittig set a season mark with 15 assists, to go with 11 points and four steals, while Hoalcraft managed 13 points and five rebounds. Cormac Bettinger joined Avellino, each of them getting eight points, while David Stegemann had six points. Liverpool, in defeat, got 15 points from Jaydakis Scott and 11 points apiece from Sean Dillon and Tyler Sullivan.
A night later, F-M was back home, making up the snowed-out Jan. 3 game against Rush-Henrietta, and Schurman was sharp again, pushing the Hornets to an easy 89-58 victory over the Royal Comets.