October 28, 2021

4th-quarter rally ends Cortland’s upset hopes

The Cortland Purple Tigers came close to upending a Section III power on Saturday, while DeRuyter and Marathon got the matchup they could have had last March, and Brooke Tillotson took down the Cortland girls by herself.

BOYS’ BASKETBALL

Bishop Grimes 51, Cortland 40

The Purple Tigers were outscored 19-3 and shot 1-of-9 from the floor in the fourth quarter, squashing their bid for an upset against the Cobras.

Cortland’s objective was to contain Sylvester Seton and Cortland native Jack Gutchess. They were able to do that in the first half, but in the second half the Cobras’ stars combined to go 10-of-12 from the field, fueling the Cobras’ rally.

Gutchess finished with 19 points and Seton finished with 16. Cortland’s leading scorers were Noah Armstrong (12 points, five rebounds, two assists) and Max Gambitta (10 points, six rebounds, two assists).

“This game was our most intense game from tip to buzzer of the season,” Purple Tigers coach Jeremy Milligan said. “Grimes applied pressure and wore us down a bit. Our kids never gave up and kept battling through the final buzzer. Our goal is to learn from this game, grow from it, and apply it over these final two weeks of the shortened season.”

Cortland’s next game is today at 5 p.m. at Dryden.

DeRuyter 66, Marathon 49

In a matchup of teams that could have faced each other in the state tournament last year before the coronavirus pandemic shut it down, the Rockets continued rolling with a 17-point victory over the Olympians.

Cam Barnes led the Rockets with 20 points, while Conor Holland led the Olympians with 16 points.

“Marathon is a tough scrappy squad with a great floor leader,” Rockets coach Ric Barnes said. “They are well coached and I knew (Marathon coach) Jim (Holland) would have them ready to compete.”

GIRLS’ BASKETBALL

Marathon 52, Cortland 19

Brooke Tillotson outscored the Purple Tigers by herself and the Olympians’ defense suffocated Cortland to the tune of zero points in the fourth quarter in a blowout victory.

Tillotson finished the game with 28 points, nine rebounds and five steals. Madison Clark added nine points, 12 blocks, seven rebounds and two assists.

“This a great team victory for us today,” Olympians coach Andrew Pierce said. “Each and every player had a hand in the win. The effort and energy was great to see and Our captains, Madison and Brooke, lead us. They both had outstanding games.”

Kirsten Merritt led the Purple Tigers with eight points, six of them coming in the first quarter.