Manlius Two games between the Fayetteville-Manlius and Henninger boys basketball teams are in the books, and they're on equal terms, right down to the point totals.
More than a month after the Hornets prevailed at the Peppino's Invitational, the Black Knights got payback right on F-M's home floor Friday night, scoring the game's last eight points to prevail 58-54.
"We were mentally and emotionally prepared to play the whole 32 minutes, and we did that," said Henninger head coach Erik Saroney.
A lot had changed for Henninger since F-M beat them 62-58 in that Dec. 6 encounter. Three players on the Black Knights' squad at the time were no longer there, and a talented sophomore, K.J. White, was now in the starting lineup.
F-M head coach Tom Blackford said the difference between this current Henninger roster and the one it played early in the season is that it's more perimeter-oriented, and that would be a factor, especially on defense, where the Black Knights would hold senior John Schurman to just one 3-pointer for the night.
Henninger looked to spoil F-M's "Pink Out" celebration. An overflow crowd, many of them wearing pink T-shirts, helped raise more than $12,000 for the "More Than A Game" Foundation, which benefits Upstate Golisano Children's Hospital.
The home crowd was quite happy when Schurman, who had 15 of his 17 points in the second half, hit a jumper with 2:52 left to extend the Hornets' lead to 54-50. But those would be F-M's last points of the night.
Marquane Silvers cut it to 54-52 with an inside basket. Then, with 1:04 left, Henninger point guard Romero Collier, who had seen a 3-point attempt slip out of his hands (much to the home fans' delight) seconds earlier, quieted them by sinking another 3-point attempt with 1:04 left that put the Black Knights ahead for good, 55-54.