Boys hoops Lakers smash to playoff home win

Caz shuts out South Jefferson in first quarter of 61-24 romp

— Ten different Cazenovia players hit at least one field goal, with Ryman Seeley leading the way as he earned 16 points, sinking four 3-pointers. Kevin Hospicker chimed in with 13 points, while Gerber and Ryan Henderson had seven points apiece.

For Hopsicker, this came on the heels of earning two big honors stemming from football season.

First, he was named Class B Scholar Athlete of the Year by the New York State High School Football Coaches Association at a dinner Feb. 7 at Turning Stone, less than two weeks after representing the Lakers and speaking at the National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete Awards Dinner, also at Turning Stone.

Back on the hardwood, Hopsicker and the Lakers face a big task in Tuesday’s Class B quarterfinal as it goes to Syracuse to face no. 4 seed Institute of Technology Central, exactly two weeks after the Eagles beat Cazenovia 52-44 at Buckley Gym.

The winner there could face unbeaten, state no. 1-ranked Westhill in Friday’s semifinals at Onondaga Community College’s Allyn Hall, should the Warriors get past Syracuse Academy of Science in its quarterfinal. The title game is March 1 at the Carrier Dome.

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