Temara, Wildcats tear past Liverpool

WG boys, girls hoops complete impressive week

Now there are two West Genesee basketball teams with legitimate championship aspirations.

While the girls side has roared to the best mark in the Section III Class AA ranks, the boys Wildcats have waited until late January to put together its best stretch of games this fall.

Having already gone to Oswego and cooled off the Buccaneers 65-44 earlier this week, WG returned home Friday night and did much the same thing to Liverpool, Shane Temara helping the Wildcats dominate from start to finish in a 62-39 romp over the Warriors.

Right from the time Nick Cunningham and Sam Brown hit on back-to-back baskets in the game's opening minute, WG never trailed, and whatever Liverpool tried on the defensive side against the 6-foot-7 Temara, it didn't work one bit.

Whether it was aggressive drives to the basket, pulling up to hit an outside jumper or calmly sinking a pair of free throws, Temara did a bit of everything in a 10-point first half.

Feeding off that effort, the rest of the Wildcats did a superb job of defensive containment, rarely giving Liverpool any open space to operate, and then proved a step or two quicker any time there was a loose ball.

All of that accumulated work helped WG move in front 18-8 after one period and then keep that double-digit margin the rest of the half, expanding it to 32-17 by the time they reached the break.

And just when the Warriors had a bit of a pulse in the third quarter, Temara would shut it down, first by sinking his lone 3-pointer of the night, and then converting an old-fashioned three-point play less than two minutes later to make it 41-24.

As if all of that wasn't enough, Temara capped his effort in the fourth quarter with some aggressive dunks, all of it adding up to 26 points.

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