By Paul Cifonelli

Contributing writer

The Bishop Grimes Cobras boys basketball team began their season with new head coach Bob McKenney Nov. 27, bringing home an 84-54 victory over Mount Markham in their first-round game of the NBT Bank Tournament at Oneida. The following day, the Cobras defeated Vernon-Verona-Sherrill 82-62 to take the championship.

   Three days later came the first home game, taking on the East Syracuse Minoa Spartans.

   The game began about as lopsided as it could get. The Cobras opened up on fire, ending the first quarter with a 24-5 lead. The game then evened out quite a bit. With a second quarter score of 10-9 favoring ESM, the Spartans still had life and enough time to make a comeback. The third quarter proved this to be true, as the Spartans closed the gap to 46-32. Then, Lucci Vigliotti took over for Bishop Grimes. He finished with 20 points, which included two threes. Seniors Mark Shattuck, John Wike, and AC Ater also contributed double-digit scoring efforts. For ESM, Ty Barkins finished with 12 points and Corey Wolf had 13. The Cobras ended up on top, 68-48.

   The Cobras went on to best Westhill 73-63 Dec. 4. They were slated to take on Institute of Technology Syracuse Central Dec. 8.

   See photos from the home game here and more at

   Paul Cifonelli is a junior on the Bishop Grimes boys basketball team.

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