November 26, 2021

Purple Tigers hold Dryden in check

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Defense was on full display in Monday’s high school basketball action.

BOYS’ BASKETBALL

Cortland 47, Dryden 36

Max Gambitta (14 points, five rebounds, three assists, three steals) and Noah Armstrong (12 points, two assists, two steals) led the Purple Tigers to a victory in a low-scoring defensive battle.

Dryden’s Xavier Scott led all scorers with 22 points.

The game started out ominously for Dryden, with Cortland holding a 17-2 lead after one quarter and a 29-9 lead at halftime. Scott took it upon himself to get the Lions back into the game by scoring 16 of his 22 points in the second half. But the hole Dryden had dug was just too deep.

“I give the Dryden players a great deal of credit for never giving up and continuing to work hard despite getting down early,” Purple Tigers coach Jeremy Milligan said. “Some teams would have packed it in and given up.”

Nine of Cortland’s 11 players scored and all 11 players got on the stat sheet in at least one category.

Cortland’s next game is 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at home against McGraw.

McGraw 51, Cincinnatus 45

The Eagles outlasted the Lions and avenged an earlier loss to them in a game that was tied 21-21 at halftime.

McGraw’s Caleb Smith led all scorers with 19 points and Zach Lamarre backed him up with 13 points.

The Eagles led by 14 points with two minutes to go, but the Lions managed to pull within five with 30 seconds left.

“Caleb Smith shot well and (we) played unselfish basketball,” Eagles coach Derek Allen said.

Homer 60, Groton 50

The Trojans improved to 3-1 thanks to Jarrett Wilbur’s gamehigh 23 points. Kalib Manning led the Indians with 21 points.

Homer’s next game is at 5:30 p.m. today when they host Bishop Grimes.

GIRLS’ BASKETBALL

McGraw 56, Otselic Valley 15

The Eagles improved to 4-0 thanks to Karissa Wilbur’s 24 points, five blocks and three steals and a stellar defensive performance highlighted by their transition game.

The Eagles led 20-4 after one quarter, then held Otselic Valley to two points in both the second and third quarters.

Elyssa Fish added 10 points, six rebounds and two assists for the Eagles, while Emily Fish had eight points and Hannah Wilson had three points, five rebounds, five assists and two steals.

“I thought we attacked the basketball really well and moved the ball around on offense to open up things,” Eagles coach Corey Wilson said. “Defensively we have played strong all year long as a team. Many girls were able to get in tonight and contribute on both sides of the floor. This team is a lot of fun to coach and watch at the same time.”