By Rob Tetro
The Phoenix boys’ varsity basketball team won 2 out of its last 3 games to conclude the regular season with an overall record of 11-7 and a chance to go to the Section 3 playoffs.
On Feb. 6, Phoenix held off Cazenovia, 57-55. The Firebirds cruised past Bishop Grimes, 60-46 on Feb. 7. Marcellus spoiled the last game of the regular season, knocking off Phoenix, 60-51 on Feb. 11.
Last weekend, Phoenix played Skaneateles in the opening round of The Class B, Section 3 Playoffs. Be sure to check out Saturday’s edition to see how The Firebirds fared.
Phoenix jumped out to a 4-point lead over Cazenovia during the first quarter, but Caz quickly cut into the deficit and Phoenix held onto a slim 2-pint lead (30-28) at the half.
The Firebirds expanded on their lead during the third quarter, outscoring the Lakers by 11 points to expand the lead to 13 points. Cazenovia made things interesting during the fourth quarter, outscoring Phoenix by 11. Caz continued to battle, but Phoenix held on for a 2-point win.
The Firebirds were led by Dylan Doupe with 20 points, followed by Connor Haney with 11, Bryce Plante and Brian Sawyer scored 9 points each and Zach Sisera added 8 points.
The Firebirds jumped out to a 6-point lead over Bishop Grimes during the first quarter of their game and then Phoenix blew the game wide open during the second quarter, outscoring the Cobras by 12 points to take a 35-17 halftime lead.
Bishop Grimes battled back during the second half and cut the lead to just 16 points in the third quarter and continued to cut into the lead in the fourth, but the Phoenix lead was too much for them as Bishop Grimes succumbed to the Firebirds by 14 points.
Leading the way for Phoenix was Dylan Doupe with 20 points, followed by Brian Sawyer with 12, Connor Haney with 11 and Zach Sisera chipped in 6 points.
The Firebirds wasted little time getting in gear in the Marcellus game, building a 7-point lead in the first quarter. Then Marcellus quickly began to battle back. Despite being outscored during the second quarter, Phoenix took a 30-24 lead into halftime.
Marcellus continued to cut into the Firebirds lead during the third quarter, outscoring Phoenix by 5 points to come within a point at 41-40. Marcellus’ momentum carried over into the fourth quarter as they outscored the Firebirds by 10 points en route to a 60-51 win.
Phoenix was led by Dylan Doupe with 17 points, followed by Brian Sawyer with 11, Bryce Plante and Zach Sisera with 8 points each and Walker Connoly added 3 points.