by Rob Tetro
The Phoenix Boys Varsity Basketball Team topped Chittenango but came up short against Westhill in games played in the last week.
Phoenix outscored Chittenango 35-15 during the second and fourth quarters to come away with a win Feb. 5.
In the Feb. 9 contest against Westhill, Phoenix lost to one of the premiere teams in all of New York State
Phoenix earned a hard fought win against Chittenango (3-14) in what proved to be a game of runs. Chittenango got off to a solid start. By the end of the first quarter, Chittenango had built an eight-point lead.
The Firebirds fought back during the second quarter. They outscored Chittenango by 14 points to take a six-point lead into halftime at 23-17.
Chittenango cut into the deficit they faced in half during the third quarter. They outscored Phoenix by three points to bring The Firebirds lead down to three points by the end of the quarter.
The Firebirds, however, put the game out of reach during the fourth quarter. They outscored Chittenango by six points to come away with a 51-42 win.
Dylan Doupe led Phoenix with 16 points while Richard Howington finished with 15 points. Zach Sisera added 13 points and Brian Sawyer, Chris Vaverchak and Kyle Huniford combined to score seven points for The Firebirds.
Up next for Phoenix was a matchup with league leading Westhill (16-2).