By Rob Tetro
The Hannibal boys’ varsity basketball team won 3 out of its last 4 games and now has a record of 3-4.
The Warriors earned their first win of the season when they topped Skaneateles Dec. 17 by a score of 62-49. Hannibal kept it going with a 50-32 win over Cato-Meridian Dec. 20 in the opening round of The Cato Christmas Tournament.
On Dec. 21, The Warriors rallied past county rival, Phoenix, in The Championship Game of The Cato Christmas Tournament by a score of 48-46. Hannibal fell to Jordan-Elbridge Jan. 4 by a score of 65-51.
In the Skaneateles game, the game was tied at 17 after the first quarter. Hannibal built a lead during the second quarter, outscoring Skaneateles by 6 points to take a 34-28 lead into halftime.
The Warriors expanded their lead during the third quarter, outscoring the Lakers by 6 points. The Warriors continued to pile on the points in the fourth quarter to come to the final score of 62-49.
Leading the way for Hannibal was Billy Skipper with 30 points, followed by Trevor Alton with 12 and Austin Mattison and Zane Pointon with 8 points each.
Hannibal got off to a solid start against Cato-Meridian in the Cato Christmas Tourney, outscoring C-M by 9 points during the first quarter. But C-M got right back into the game during the second quarter, outscoring Hannibal by 9 points. The game was tie at 19 at the half.
The second half belonged to the Warriors. Hannibal outscored Cato-Meridian during the third quarter to build a 10-point lead. The Warriors didn’t let up during the fourth quarter. They outscored Cato-Meridian by 8 points to cap off a 50-32 win.
Hannibal was led by Trevor Alton with 18 points, followed by Austin Mattison with 13, Sam McCraith with 9, Zane Pointon with 6 and Charlie McCraith with 4 points.
Hannibal escaped with a hard fought win over county foe Phoenix in The Championship Game of The Cato Christmas Tournament.
After a competitive first quarter, Phoenix had a 1-point lead over Hannibal. The game remained equally as competitive during the second quarter. After both teams scored 12 points each, the Firebirds took a 26-25 lead into halftime.
Phoenix added to its lead during the third quarter, leading the Warriors by 2 points. But Hannibal got it done down the stretch. They outscored Phoenix by 4 points during the fourth quarter to come away with a close 48-46 win.
Leading the way for Phoenix was Dylan Doupe with 20, followed by Zach Sisera with 10, Walker Connoly with 7 and Bryce Plante added 3.
Hannibal was led by Austin Mattison with 15, followed by Billy Skipper with 13, Sam McCraith with 11 and Trevor Alton added 9 points.
Jordan-Elbridge snapped Hannibal’s 3-game winning streak Jan. 4. The Warriors got off to a decent start, outscoring Jordan-Elbridge by 3 points during the first quarter. But J-E cut into Hannibal’s lead during the second quarter taking a 27-25 lead into the half.
Jordan-Elbridge stormed ahead during the third quarter, outscoring the Warriors by 14 points to take a 12-point lead. Jordan-Elbridge refused to let up during the fourth quarter and cruised to a 65-51 win.
Leading the way for the Warriors was Trevor Alton with 25, followed by Billy Skipper with 14, Sam McCraith scored 7 points and Zane Pointon chipped in 3 points.