By Rob Tetro
The Phoenix boys’ varsity basketball team beat Solvay, 52-46 on Feb. 4, but were crushed by Westhill 78-48 on Jan. 29.
The Firebirds now have a 9-6 overall record.
Westhill proved why its ranked number 1 in the New York State Sports Writers Association state rankings in Class B when the Warriors jumped out to a 14-point lead over Phoenix during the first quarter.
Westhill then didn’t let up during the second quarter, outscoring the Firebirds by another 12 points for a 46-20 lead at the half.
The Firebirds proved to be far more competitive during the third quarter and were outscored by only 4 points as Westhill. Phoenix remained competitive in the fourth quarter but could not make up Westhill’s huge lead and the Warriors won by 30 points.
Leading the way for the Firebirds was Dylan Doupe with 17 points, followed by Zach Sisera with 10, Connor Haney with 9, Walker Connoly with 5 and Shaun Turner chipped in 4 points.
Against Solvay, the Firebirds jumped out to an 8-point lead, but then Solvay roared back to pull ahead during the second quarter, taking a 25-24 lead into the half.
Both teams scored 13 points each during a hard fought third quarter as Solvay maintained its 1-point lead at 38-37. But Phoenix pulled ahead down the stretch, outscoring Solvay by 7 points during the fourth quarter en route to a 52-46 win.
The Firebirds were led by Zach Sisera with 16 points, followed by Bryce Plante with 13, Dylan Doupe with 11, Brian Sawyer chipped in 7 and Connor Haney added 5 points.