Liverpool boys basketball tops WG, edges Corcoran on Clarke buzzer-beater

first_imgOne victory signaled an intention to reclaim its top spot among area Class AA teams. Another victory – and the manner in which it was earned – indicated that something special might happen again.What Liverpool did to upend West Genesee 67-53 and Corcoran in consecutive games last week was quite memorable, each in their own way.In particular, the Corcoran game, played last Saturday at Nottingham as part of the Syracuse City Invitational, would make a quick and permanent mark in the memory bank of Warriors players and fans alike. With the score tied and time winding down in regulation, the ball found its way to Romeo Clarke in the corner, and at the buzzer the senior tried a twisting jump shot from the left corner that swished through the net, producing a 66-64 victory.So ended a wild and exciting game that featured a month’s worth of lead changes and momentum shifts. A key to it was the way Liverpool hung close throughout the first half, even though Corcoran led 39-34 at the break.The Warriors’ defense held the Cougars to five points in the third quarter as it moved in front, 47-44, and the fourth quarter would only ramp up the drama. Down 49-47, Corcoran hit on seven straight points, but Liverpool countered with a 10-2 run. And it clung to a slim margin all through the waning minutes.Finally, with the margin down to 64-62, Corcoran got the ball and D.J. Haynes drove to the basket, his driving lay-up tying it with 13.4 seconds to play.Clarke broke that tie, though, with only his second basket of the game. It was Kyle Caves (18 points) and Jacob Works (14 points) getting most of the production.J Young earned eight points, with Jacob Vacco and Jack Pento getting seven points apiece. Corcoran lost despite a game-high 24 points from 1,000-point man De’Jour Reaves.Something rare and unique happened last Tuesday night at Onondaga Community College’s Allyn Hall – namely, a regular-season boys basketball league contest that just happened to feature the last two state Class AA champions.Liverpool didn’t care much for the circumstances, because it just wanted to land a victory over West Genesee and formally announce its presence as a championship contender – which it did.Setting the game’s tone, Liverpool’s defense limited the Wildcats to four points in the first quarter, and though the pace picked up from there, Liverpool answered WG’s surges and led 27-22 at halftime.Then the Warriors all but put the game away in the third quarter, outscoring them 23-9. Works led with 18 points, with Caves getting 12 points as Vacco had eight points. Josh Young and La-Teef Edwards had six points apiece.As Liverpool was defeating West Genesee, Cicero-North Syracuse was taking on Christian Brothers Academy and enduring its third close defeat in as many outings, falling to the Brothers 69-66.Both sides entered the game 0-2, and ultimately the Nortshtars paid for a first half where its attack could not quite get going, C-NS ultimately taking a 34-25 deficit to the break.That margin remained until the fourth quarter when the Northstars, down 52-43, nearly caught up, Brian Bonin working his way to 18 points as Luke Paragon got 14 points and Grant Sennett had 13 points. Brayden McLean and Jerrod hills had eight points apiece.To hang on, CBA needed Sam Haas to earn most of his 23 points from five 3-pointers, helped by Dan Anderson, who had 16 points, and Colin Kelly, who got 11 points.C-NS could not break into the win column on Friday, either, falling 66-45 to Baldwinsville despite having a 15-12 lead through one period.Led by J.J. Starling, the Bees outscored the Northstars 22-5 the rest of the half and never got caught, Starling not letting up until he had put 35 points on the board. By contrast, Sennett paced C-NS with just 12 points, Bonin adding 10 points as Luke Paragon had nine points.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story center_img Tags: boys basketballC-NSliverpoollast_img read more

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Freshmen factor: Deluce, Knight lead Badgers

first_imgThe Wisconsin women’s hockey team (6-1-1, 2-1-1 WCHA) lost for the first time in 33 games Friday, but don’t pin the loss on its talented freshman class. In fact, two freshmen linemates are not only leading the Badgers in goals scored and points, but they lead the entire nation. Mallory Deluce, a freshman forward from London, Ontario, leads the nation in goals scored with eight and has been named the WCHA Rookie of the Week the past two weeks.Hilary Knight, a freshman forward from Hanover, N.H., is tied for the national lead in points with 11, and was named preseason WCHA Rookie of the Year. Knight shares the national lead in points with two other players, one of whom is Deluce.Both Deluce and Knight have already contributed in high-pressure spots this season. Saturday, coming off Wisconsin’s first loss of the season to St. Cloud State, Deluce had her first collegiate hat trick and Knight added four assists, as their line accounted for all five goals in the game.“I don’t even think about it,” Deluce said of individual marks. “We don’t worry about individual stats. All we worry about is the team, and doing the best we can every week.”While Knight is not overly excited to dissect her own game and strengths, linemate and senior alternate captain Jinelle Zaugg believes she has an accurate appraisal of the two.“Hilary is just a great, hard worker,” Zaugg said. “She practices the way she plays, which is an aspect of the game coaches are looking for. She uses her size and attacks the puck.“That is kind of the player I am, and I really admire her for it.”Deluce, on the other hand, reminds Zaugg of one of Wisconsin’s all-time greats.“Mallory is also a great player who reminds me of [Sara] Bauer,” Zaugg said. “Her patience with the puck will develop more and more each year, and she is just fun to play with. She has a finesse and great tipping ability. I mean, I don’t know how she tips some of those shots from the point, but they always seem to go in.”Comparisons to Zaugg and Bauer are high praise for a couple of freshmen, considering Zaugg was a member of the U.S. Women’s Select Team at the Women’s Four Nations Cup, and Sara Bauer is a former Patty Kazmaier Award winner and UW’s all-time leading scorer. And while neither Deluce nor Knight cares to talk about herself too much, each is eager to open up about her linemate.“She has given us a lot of confidence,” Knight said of Zaugg. “She has taught us to be patient, and we are learning spacing. We have so much to learn, and we are trying to improve every day.”“It has been a lot of fun playing with Jinelle,” Deluce added. “She is a good player; she has a great shot and passes really well. It is easy when you have a player that good with you.”Head coach Mark Johnson has been very impressed with both freshmen and is very excited about their addition to the team this season.“Mallory brings a real high skill level to the group,” Johnson said. “Obviously, playing with Hilary and Jinelle, you have some size, some strength and some scoring ability. She can do a little bit of all those things. It is nice when they (freshmen) get off to a good start, because that builds up their confidence … Hopefully, Mallory, Hilary and the other freshmen continue to make progress, and I think that they will.”Right now, Deluce and Knight are just enjoying the experience of playing hockey for the Wisconsin Badgers.“It has been amazing,” Knight said. “It is a complete step up from high school. I love it out here.”A sentiment echoed by her classmate.“You can’t even describe it,” Deluce added. “It is unbelievable. I have so much fun every day, and you want to be at the rink all the time. I have so much fun playing and hanging out with everyone.”last_img read more

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