At last separated from the shadows of their more glamorous neighbors, both of East Syracuse-Minoa’s basketball teams had a week to flourish – and did so.
To start with, both of ESM’s teams both won last Tuesday over Homer, with the boys Spartans prevailing by a 62-50 margin and the girls nearly doubling up the Trojans in a 57-29 romp.
Of the two, the boys game was much closer, even though ESM bolted to a 21-7 first-quarter lead. Homer cut the gap to 32-24 by halftime, but it just could not get closer as the Spartans maintained a comfortable margin throughout the last two periods.
Eyan Underwood led the way with 22 points. Sean Richardson contributed 18 points, while Jah-Meer McDuffie managed 10 points. Corey Beeles added nine points.
Defense helped the ESM girls win big, as it held Homer in check through most of the night, steadily working its way to a 42-17 lead by the end of the third quarter.
Sydni Eure set the pace for the Spartans, earning 11 points, though Danielle Ventrone was close behind as she got 10 points. Ashely Scalzo managed eight points and Stephanie Edmonds got six points. No Trojan player would score in double figures.
Following that, the Spartans beat Chittenango 43-26 Thursday night, overcoming an early deficit by holding the Bears to just two points in the second quarter, and then going on a decisive 18-7 run in the third period.
Haley Wise emerged as ESM’s big threat on this night, picking up 14 points. Eure had eight points, with Danielle Yates contributing six points.
A night later, the boys Spartans smashed Chittenango 77-31, turning the game into a rout starting in the second quarter with a 15-4 spurt and continuing through the rest of the night.
Richardson, who finished with 23 points, got close to the Bears’ entire output. McDuffie also improved, to 17 points, while Underwood managed 14 points. Brandon Breen and Greg Fingar had seven points apiece as Beeles contributed six points.