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C-NS Boys Basketball edges Ludden
12/4/2018 5:58 AM

Cicero-North Syracuse hoped for a better start Saturday night when it faced Bishop Ludden, And in a game that had a unique family dynamic to it, one brother got the best of another and the Northstars prevailed 71-69.  The headline going into the game was the debut of Ludden’s new head coach, Gallagher Driscoll, who had replaced the retired Pat Donnelly.  Of greater consequence, though, was the fact that senior Nick Demonte started for C-NS and his brother, John, was a starter for the Gaelic Knights, and most of the night they were on the court together, giving an all-out effort.  C-NS trailed most of the first half, but jumped out in front 52-47 during the third quarter, only to have Ludden catch up at 54-54, leading to an exciting final period.  The Gaelic Knights scored the first nine points of the fourth quarter, only to have C-NS make a 9-0 run of its own. The trade continued until, at 65-65, Nick Demonte broke the tie, his layup and free throw putting the Northstars ahead to stay.  After Tyler Webster’s free throws cut the margin to 68-67, Nick Demonte converted again with 28 seconds left, a basket answered by Monte Johnson’s lay-up that again made it a one-point contest.  Up 70-69, C-NS worked it to Anthony Tricarico, who was fouled with 11.6 seconds to play. Tricarico made one of two free throws, giving Ludden a chance to tie or win it – but the Northstars’ defense turned away two Gaelic Knights chances as the clock ran out.  Nick Demonte finished with 18 points, a number that Justin Delvecchio matched as Tricarico gained 16 points. Nick Button paced Ludden with 21 points as Johnson got 17 points and Champ Reid had 13 points.  C-NS would look for back-to-back wins Tuesday at Rome Free Academy and then hosts CBA Friday night. Liverpool takes on Corcoran Friday and Utica-Notre Dame Saturday.

 


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