"We're not typically a first quarter team," said Dagostino. "We're usually happy if it's 6-5 after the first quarter."
"You've got to weather the early storms, and we tried to do that," said Giammattei. "We held them to four points in the second quarter, but we couldn't make a shot. Honestly, it was a miracle that we were only down 19-9 at halftime."
Massaroni scored 17 points, Ben Dalton contributed 10 points and Manikas added nine points for Mohonasen. But in true Mighty Warrior fashion, it was Sisson who was named the tournament's most valuable player after scoring eight points and controlling the low post.
"That's what we are offensively, and that helps everyone buy into the defense because we know no one is going to score 20 points for us. Everybody has to contribute at both ends of the floor," said Dagostino.
Mohonasen advances to next weekend's regional championship game at Cicero-North Syracuse High School against the winner of the semifinal contest between the Section III and X champions.
"We'll play anybody," said Dagostino. "I know that's probably an overstatement, but it's another week that we get to play together.""