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By Douglas Sciorra

It cost 3 to get in the Hornell Zoo Wednesday night as Red Raiders drain 17 3-pointers in 77-57 win over CG Finney (story and photo gallery)

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Gennaro Picco slices through two Finney defenders to the basket. Photo by Steve Harrison.

By JOHN ANDERSON, photo gallery by STEVE HARRISON

HORNELL — The Hornell Red Raiders boys’ basketball team is getting into post-season form and the student section and band in the Seneca Street Zoo were just as hot on Wednesday night.

Feed the zoo 3-pointers, please!!! Photos by Steve Harrison.

With the fun atmosphere in the stands, seven different Red Raiders hit 3-pointers, 17 in all as Hornell stopped CG Finney, 77-57.

Shawn Rose started the incredible shooting by hitting four 3-pointers in the first quarter as Hornell raced out to a 33-17 lead.

Christian Babcock nailed three 3-pointers of his own in the opening frame.

With Finney hitting 11 3-pointers, 29 total were made on Wednesday.

It’s no wonder Hornell shot just three free throws and 11 were taken by both teams, it’s hard to foul when the ball is going through the net moments after crossing half-court!

It was a fun night for the senior cheerleaders and senior basketball players. The fans wanted in on the photo op!

Rose had a team-high 19 points as 12 Hornell players made the scoring boxscore. Gennaro Picco scored 16 with four 3-pointers, Christian Babcocl had 11 points and three 3-pointers while Griffyn Baker had 10 points.

Deigo Bessette had a game-high 23 for Finney and hit seven 3-pointers.

PHOTO GALLERY including the Garcia Barbershop Clean Cut Photo of the Game (box score below)

Hornell 31 13 18 15 — 77

CG Finney 17 14 9 17 — 57

FINNEY: Donnie Khothsymoung 2 0-0 5; David Crandall 0 0-2 0; Nick Pasqantonio 4 1-4 10; Ethan King 3 1-2 8; James Sidorishin 3 0-0 6; Deigo Bessette 8 0-0 23; Josh Saurez 1 0-0 2. TOTALS: 22 2-8 57

HORNELL: Christian Babcock 4 0-0 11; P.J. Picco 0 0-2 0; Gates Miller 2 0-0 6; Shawn Rose 7 0-0 19; Gennaro Picco 6 0-0 16; Wyatt Argentieri 1 0-0 2; A.J. Hoyt 1 0-0 3; Colin McCumiskey 1 0-0 2; Griffyn Baker 5 0-1 10; Noah Kratz 1 0-0 3; Dylan Harwood 1 0-0 3; Jeremiah Howard 1 0-0 2. TOTALS: 30 0-3 77

3-pointers: CJ Finney 11 (Bessette 7, Yang, Krog, Pasqauntonio, Khothsymoung). Hornell 17 (Rose 5, G. Picco 4, Babcock 3, Miller 2, Hoyt, Baker, Harwood)

Total fouls: CG Finney 3, Hornell 10. Fouled out: None.

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