OSWEGO — The Cortland High boys’ basketball team raced to a 19-9 lead after one quarter Tuesday night and outscored host Oswego in each of the next three quarters as well on its way to a 68-32 trouncing of the Buccaneers.
Caleb Thompson led the Purple Tigers, now 5-8 in the SCAC Empire Division and 10-8 overall, with 17 points as the winners avenged a 52-47 home loss back on Jan. 11. RickyG Young had 12 points, eight assists, six rebounds and three steals, Rory Hines 12 points and seven rebounds, Noah Barber nine points and five rebounds and Jay T Atkins eight points and four assists.
Cortland had a 33-21 rebounding advantage, only 10 turnovers and 20 of its 25 baskets (19 two-pointers and six three-pointers) were assisted.
Cameron Smith scored eight points and Dane Richardson added eight points for the Buccaneers (1-13, 2-16).
“Any time you can go on the road and get a win in our league, you take it,” Cortland coach Jeremy Milligan said. “It was nice to play at full strength the second time with a chance for redemption. We played more man defense this time around and had more success. Jay T did a great job of holding Oswego’s top scorer, Mike Douglass, who came in averaging 18 points per game, scoreless. The rest of the team played in gaps to help on Douglass and worked hard defending their own assignments on ball.
“Offensively, we knew Oswego was a zone team. We have played a few games in a row against teams that predominantly play zone. Our players responded well tonight passing the ball, especially from the high post to the low post. Caleb was the recipient of zone selfless passing resulting in many easy buckets. The team had great contributions off the bench from Noah Barber, David Benjamin, Ethan Myers, and Josh Henry.”
The Cortland JVs improved to 6-12 with a 48-41 win over Oswego, led by Tyler Blake with 14 points. Noah Armstrong and Colter Gohs added 11 and eight points, respectively, for the winners and Lucas Warner paced the Buccaneers with 10 points.
“I was very pleased with our effort tonight,” CHS coach Tom Murphy said. “The kids competed for four quarters and beat an improved Oswego team on their home floor. This was a much-needed win.”
Both Cortland teams host PSLA at Fowler Friday on Senior Night, starting with the 5 p.m. JV game.