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F-M, CBA split basketball playoff twin bill

Brothers win girls game; boys Hornets get 82-43 rout

A Tuesday night quarterfinal doubleheader between the boys and girls basketball teams from Fayetteville-Manlius and Christian Brothers Academy was a tale of two lopsided victories - one by each school.

The girls ran first at CBA, with the no. 2 seed Brothers entering as the heavy favorites over the no. 7 seed Hornets. The result followed suit, CBA trouncing F-M 65-45.

Though Madison Beck and Erica Assimon gave the Hornets early leads at 6-3 and 8-5, both sides struggled to find the hoop for the remainder of the quarter, which ended 13-11 in CBA’s favor.

Julie Cuomo kicked off the third quarter with a three-point play for the Brothers. Then, shooters Marisa Romeo and Olivia Pitonzo took over.

The pair contributed 15 of the teams 23 points in the second quarter, expanding the lead to 36-18 at the break. The 1-3-1 zone, utilized so effectively by the F-M boys team, gave the Hornets fits on offense. CBA recorded steals on three of four possessions to score eight points in less than a minute.

The Hornets showed signs of life in the opening minutes of the second half, cutting the lead to 14. But F-M struggled to find the hoop after that point, managing just two points over a four-minute span.

Meanwhile, the CBA flare offense was in full effect. Five different players scored in the Brothers’ 26-point quarter, putting the game out of F-M’s reach at 52-32.

Lauren Getman and Madison Beck would not let the game end after three quarters. Holding CBA scoreless for the first 3:05 of the final period, the Hornets’ junior tandem cut the lead to 14.

But that was as close as the Hornets would get. The Brothers entered the foul bonus with more than three minutes to play, and sealed the result from the free-throw line.

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