By Rob Tetro
After three games, Hannibal’s boys’ varsity basketball team is still searching for its first win of the season.
On Dec. 4, Hannibal came up short against Bishop Grimes 57-53. County foe Phoenix stormed past the Warriors 51-40 on Dec. 6. On Dec. 12, Syracuse-ITC rolled past Hannibal on December 12th.
In the Bishop Grimes game, Grimes ha an 11-point lead over Hannibal after an impressive first quarter. They added to their lead during the second quarter, outscoring Hannibal by 3 points to take a 32-18 lead into halftime.
The second half proved to be a much different story. Hannibal outscroed Grimes to cut into their lead and they continued to cut into the deficit during the fourth quarter.
Hannibal outscored Bishop Grimes by 9 points down the stretch to cut their lead to 4 points. But time ran out on the Warriors as they lost the close contest.
Hannibal was led by Billy Skipper and Trevor Alton who scored 18 points each against Grimes. Following Skipper and Alton was Sam McCraith with 10 points.
Phoenix and Hannibal fought a competitive first quarter, with the Warriors posting a 3-point lead over Phoenix. Hannibal expanded its lead during the second quarter, outscoring the Firebirds by 2 points to take a 23-18 lead into halftime.
But Phoenix came back in the second half, outscoring Hannibal by 14 points during the third quarter to take a 9-point lead. The Firebirds capped off a solid win by outscoring the Warriors 33-17 during the second half.
Leading the way for Phoenix was Dylan Doupe with 17 points, followed by Walker Connoly with 10, Bryce Plante with 8 points and Zach Sisera and Connor Haney with 5 points each. Austin Furco added 4 points.
Hannibal was led by Trevor Alton with 18 point, followed by Austin Mattison and Sam McCraith with 8 points each. Corey Cardinali chipped in 4 points.
Syracuse-ITC outscored Hannibal by 14 points during the first quarter of its game with the Warriors. Syracuse-ITC added to its lead during the second quarter and led 35-20 at the half.
The Warriors proved to be far more competitive during the second half. They outscored Syracuse-ITC during the third quarter to cut into the lead, but the lead Syracuse-ITC had built was too much.
Leading the way for Hannibal Trevor Alton with 26 points, followed by Billy Skipper with 12 and Austin Mattison with 11.