SKANEATELES — In a matchup of division leaders, Skaneateles scored a resounding victory.
The Lakers took control with a 14-point run in the second quarter and continued to pull away from the Tigers in the second half, as the Skaneateles boys basketball team downed Mexico 64-37 at Skaneateles High School. With the win, the OHSL Liberty Narional-leading Lakers are a perfect 11-0.
"We knew Mexico is a really good team and they've been holding everybody under 50 points, so we knew we'd have our work cut out for us," Skaneateles coach Karl Norris said. "Both teams came out hot and it was an offensive first quarter. Neither defense was very effective. We switched it up in the second quarter and went man-to-man and Tommy Reed did an outstanding job on their best player. ... We shut them down and did enough offensively to stretch it out in the second half."
Seven Lakers players scored and four finished in double figures. Jack Whirtley led the way with 16 points, Tommy Reed added 13 points, and Nate Fouts and Jack Canty each finished with 11 points.
For Norris, the balanced scoring has been one of the big reasons his team has been successful this season.
"That's one of the keys for us," Norris said. "We've got a lot of talented kids. I'm lucky. ... The guys like playing together and they're unselfish. It's all good right now."
The teams traded buckets throughout the first quarter and combined for five three-pointers. At the end of the first eight minutes, Mexico held a 19-16 advantage.
The Lakers seized control in the second quarter by going on a 14-point run. Skaneateles outscored Mexico 24-8 in the frame and led 40-27 at the break.
"We turned our defense into offense," Norris said. "We were getting rebounds and running out, and we're a pretty good transition team. Jack Whirtley in the open court is really tough to stop, as is Tommy Reed. All of our guys really like that style of play. But we have to get stops to be able to do that."
Skaneateles continued to stretch its lead throughout the second half. The Lakers outscored the Tigers 13-4 in the third quarter and 11-6 in the fourth.
"It was a real good team effort defensively," Norris said. "Guys were communicating and rotating. ... They were doing a good job talking on defense and helping each other. It was a good team effort."
Skaneateles (11-0) looks to keep rolling when it travels to Solvay on Friday.
"They're a very, very good team," Norris said. "We'll have our work cut out for us there."