B’ville played for the third time in four nights on Friday, against West Genesee, and had the lead in the late going, only to surrender it and take a 68-51 defeat to the Wildcats.
They had played Dec. 7 in the final of B’ville’s Kiwanis Club Tournament, and the Bees had lost, 79-69. In the rematch in Camillus, WG again went out in front early, but B’ville held them to seven points in the third quarter and found itself gaining a 45-42 lead.
And that’s where the fun ended, as the Wildcats’ pressure caused a rash of Bees mistakes and baskets on the other end, the game ending with WG going on a 26-6 run.
This negated fine efforts from Alley, who had 15 points and four steals, and Skipworth, who had 14 points and three rebounds. DiOrio managed 11 points, eight assists, five rebounds and three steals as WG’s Shane Temara led his team’s comeback and finished with 20 points.
B’ville will not find it easier on Tuesday night, when defending Class AA champion Henninger, fresh off last Friday’s big 58-54 win at fellow contender Fayetteville-Manlius, paid a visit. The Bees have a rematch with Central Square next Saturday at 4 p.m.