Port Byron, the home team, got a very tough showing from the Magicians. By the time halftime came, the Panthers only had a 38-33 lead.
That lead vanished when the Herkimer 2-3 zone defense frustrated Port Byron, outscoring the Panthers by 13 points (20-to-7), giving Herkimer a eight point lead into the fourth quarter.
After a couple changes to their game plan, Port Byron again beat the Magicians in scoring in a quarter. This time it was the fourth quarter.
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