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Northstars, Warriors lose at home to top contenders

C-NS falls to F-M; Liverpool victimized by Henninger rally

What ultimately hurt the Northstars, though, were those missed shots, as it wore down in the face of F-M's 1-3-1 pressure. C-NS would manage just one field goal in the last 5:11, and Evans, who had 15 points, was shut out in the fourth quarter.

Brian DeMonte led C-NS with 17 points. Schurman mostly relied on a series of short jumpers and free throws to pick up 25 points, adding six rebounds. Mike Hoalcraft, forced into longer minutes due to Bettinger's foul trouble, earned 10 rebounds to go with seven points, while Witting had eight points and seven assists.

Meanwhile, Liverpool was looking to avenge a 64-40 defeat to Henninger on Dec. 17, and appeared to have a better chance at doing so since the Black Knights had two new starters in the lineup and had pulled players up from the JV ranks, too.

As Henninger struggled to find its rhythm, Liverpool blasted to a 28-18 first-quarter lead. It would then spend the next two periods nursing that margin as the Black Knights made a series of runs at them.

Going into the final quarter, the Warriors were still in front, 51-49. But it had missed its best chance, and Henninger took full advantage, roaring into the lead and keeping it behind eight late free throws from junior point guard Romero Collier, who finished with 20 points.

In defeat, Liverpool’s Tyler Sullivan led both sides with 23 points. Jaydakis Scott had 13 points, with Caleb Taylor adding 11 points.

Henninger put five players in double figures, including one of those new starters, Destin Blunt (13 points), and that JV call-up, K.J. White, who had 10 points. Marquane Silvers (14 points) and Keisean Scott (10 points) contributed, too.

That defeat seemed to have a lingering effect on Liverpool, who would go to Oswego on Friday and lose a 57-51 decision to the Buccaneers.

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