By Rob Potter
HANCOCK February 22, 2002 Going into Tuesday nights game, The Family School coaches and players knew that a win over Livingston Manor would enable them to clinch the OCIAA Division V title.
And in the games first few minutes, it was clear that the Falcons were clearly focused on that goal.
Thanks to an aggressive defense that caused several Manor turnovers and led to easy baskets, The Family School (9-11, 7-1 OCIAA) raced out to a 14-0 lead in the first two-and-a-half minutes of the game. The Falcons also hardly missed a shot in the first quarter, taking a 27-5 lead after those opening eight minutes.
By the end of the evening, The Family School had a 71-34 victory and the Division V title.
We took the court fired up, Family School Coach Larry Patrisso said. We knew that a win would give us the division title and possibly a first round bye in the sectionals. I think the kids did a fantastic job. They really worked hard.
Patrisso noted that the Falcons 3-2 zone defense and great shooting were keys to the win.
Pacing the Falcon offense were Jordan Singer, who netted 13 points, and Ryan Callihan and Paul Williams, each of whom added 11 points.
In the second half, however, Manor (4-15, 2-6) found more of an offensive rhythm. Although the Falcons still outscored the Wildcats in the third and fourth quarters, it was only by a 26-21 margin.
We came out cold, Manor Coach Les Hyde said. That kind of deficit really makes a big difference in a big game. We just couldnt overcome it.
Jason Kean, who scored 15 points, was the only Wildcat to reach double figures. Travis Morton and Brian Will added eight and six points, respectively.
I congratulate the Family School coaches and players, Hyde said. They deserve to be division champions and I wish them well in sectionals.