Caz boys hoops gain victory at Zebra Classic

Lakers split with Bishop Grimes

— Gerber led the Lakers with 15 points, while Seeley, named the game's Most Outstanding Player, had 14 points. Andrew Vogl picked up eight points as Henderson, Keaton Ackermann and Kevin Hopsicker managed seven points apiece. Joe Arrigo led Grimes with 16 points.

This was a the second part of a girls/boys doubleheader at OCC that included a girls game between Cazenovia and Grimes, a close contest where the Lakers had a chance to win, only to slump in the fourth quarter and fall to the Cobras 32-28.

All game long, the Lakers displayed a tremendous defensive effort, never letting Grimes get comfortable. But Cazenovia's own attack had its issues, too, and a pair of brief first-half leads quickly melted away.

Down 14-12 at halftime, Cazenovia remained in touch and, early in the fourth quarter, threatened to take control. Maggie Johnson earned a three-point play, Lizzy Bigsby converted a jumper and Johnson returned for a basket with 6:04 left that put the Lakers in front 28-22.

But those would be Cazenovia's last points. Julia Freeman's basket launched Grimes' late comeback, which included back-to-back 3-pointers from Teresa Shattuck and Megan Costello that gave the Cobras a 30-28 lead. Both sides had plenty of chances down the stretch, but it was Jordan Vaught's jumper with 19.9 seconds left that doubled Grimes' lead.

Unlike its last game with Fulton (where a pair of 3-pointers by Kelsi Fredericks and Audrey Burbidge in the last 8.8 seconds provided a 43-41 victory), the Lakers could not answer in the waning seconds. Johnson, with 11 points, accounted for nearly half of Cazenovia's offense.

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