October 22, 2021

Wilbur brothers fuel Homer win over Cortland

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Homer swept a doubleheader with Cortland on Saturday and Marathon’s teams won close battles against the Southern Cayuga Chiefs.

BOYS’ BASKETBALL

Homer 54, Cortland 43

The Wilbur brothers combined for 44 of the Trojans’ 54 points in Saturday’s win at Cortland High.

Jarrett Wilbur led all scorers with 29 points and shot 55 percent from the field, while Wyatt Wilbur added 15 points, including three three-pointers.

“Great team win for the guys,” Trojans coach Rex Ryan said. “Jarrett showed how dominant he could be. He’s been our leader and is a very humble kid. It’s nice to see him have a game like this, well deserved. The guys made plays when it mattered most. Wyatt played great at point for us and hit some big shots. Everyone who stepped on the court today contributed whether it be rebounding, defense or taking care of the basketball.”

Owen Riley was the only Purple Tiger in double figures with 12 points.

Marathon 60, Southern Cayuga 56

The Olympians eked out the win in a battle of 3-1 IAC teams.

Conor Holland led the Olympians with 33 points, including six three-pointers and a 7-of-8 performance at the free throw line. He scored 13 of the Olympians’ 15 fourth-quarter points to put the game away.

Joe Hulbert made his return to the lineup with nine points, all from beyond the arc.

“I really thought we scrapped hard tonight and played outstanding team defense,” Olympians coach Jim Holland said. “Cayuga is a very efficient scoring team and until the guys decided to lock down together on defense, the Chiefs were having their way.”

Jackson Otis led Southern Cayuga with 20 points, all on two-point field goals.

The Olympians and Chiefs play again Tuesday, and Holland said of the rematch “I am sure [the Chiefs] will make adjustments.”

GIRLS’ BASKETBALL

Homer 59, Cortland 47

Catherine Apker and Katlyn Sovocool led the way for the Trojans with 17 points each as Homer took down the host Purple Tigers Saturday morning.

Sovocool nailed four three-pointers as part of her scoring effort.

Three players scored in double figures for the Purple Tigers: Margaret Starr with a team-high 12 points, and Kirsten Merritt and Paige Ludwig with 10 each.

“I am glad to see the improvements made game to game,” Purple Tigers coach Janice Meyer said. “We were able to keep this game much more competitive every quarter. Margaret Starr has done an excellent job this season being our spark on the floor. She has a huge defensive presence and is our leading rebounder. I was glad to see her play with some more confidence offensively tonight… Although we did not come out with the win, we closed that gap in just a few shorts days. We left everything on the floor today and I was glad our seniors got a game that they could be proud of. I look forward to our third match.”

Marathon 36, Southern Cayuga 35
It wasn’t the high-scoring affair fans have come to expect this season from the Olympians, but it was enough to keep their record flawless at 5-0.

The game came down to the final possession with Southern Cayuga having a chance to pull the upset, but the Olympians defense forced a turnover that sealed the victory.

“Our defense did a good job but our defensive rebounding is not happening,” Olympians coach Andrew Pierce said. “[Southern Cayuga] had multiple looks on most of their possessions.”

Brooke Tillotson scored 22 of Marathon’s 36. Madison Clark had 10 points in her first game back from quarantine.

“Brooke was big for us today,” Pierce said. “She penetrates well and draws a lot of attention. It’s usually a layup or a trip to the foul line or both.”