Determination in the fourth quarter allowed Fayetteville-Manlius to creep up on Henninger, but, it wasn’t enough to completely weather the storm and avoid the 67-53 home loss on senior night.
F-M (3-15), just like they did when they visited Henninger, got off to a very slow and sluggish start, which set the momentum for the entire game.
The Hornets scored a total of 11 points in the first half and then had a good offensive third quarter, when they added 12 points to their halftime score.
F-M found a way to give more effort in the fourth quarter, when they used good offense and tough defense to begin to stage a comeback, nevertheless, the deficit was too large and they only could cut the deficit to 14.
That had a lot to do with Henninger and how they played, specifically on the offensive end. The away team was very balanced when it came to the breakdown of the points that they posted.
Four of Henninger’s players ended up scoring double-figures, including, Jaden Graves, who provided his team and head coach Gil Speights with 19 points.
It was still an extremely memorable experience for the Hornets and the players who represented the senior class of F-M.
Before the game, with the gymnasium decorated in green and white balloons and posters of the student-athletes who were playing their final home game on the wall, the seniors were introduced by head coach Jason Dudzinski and walked onto the floor with their families.
During the game, Jawaan Crouch and Timmy Zapisek continued to lead by example with their ability to score. Zapisek scored 18 points and then Crouch was also in double-figures with his ten points.
Their fellow senior, Nick Goodfellow, teamed up with Nick Perry and Henry Josephson. Goodfellow continued his streak of successfully doing a variety of things to support his team while Perry and Josephson combined for ten points and kept on rebounding like they did previously.
Dudzinski and the F-M community rewarded the seniors for their careers by dedicating the pregame festivities to them.