On the final day of winter sports action, the Cortland Purple Tigers and Homer Trojans boys basketball teams played a classic Saturday, while the DeRuyter Rockets completed an historic unbeaten season.
Cortland 58, Homer 47 (OT)
The Purple Tigers coughed up a 12-point lead by shooting just 1-of-8 in the fourth quarter compared to 9-of-14 for the Trojans, but they recovered in overtime to end their season with a win.
The teams traded baskets on the final three possessions of regulation.
Evan Butts put back an offensive rebound to give Homer the lead with 25 seconds left, followed by Owen Riley crashing the offensive glass after a missed go-ahead three-pointer at the buzzer to force overtime.
“In my nine years of coaching, I’m not sure I’ve been a part of a game that had such an exciting ending in regulation sending it to overtime,” Purple Tigers coach Jeremy Milligan said. “Both teams made some clutch plays down in the final minute of the game.”
Noah Armstrong led the Purple Tigers with 23 points, four rebounds and three assists.
Tyler Blake, who missed the first matchup of the season against the Trojans due to quarantine, had 14 points, nine rebounds and three assists.
Max Gambitta also finished in double figures with 11 points, six rebounds and two steals.
Jarrett Wilbur (21 points) and Jacob Atkins (12 points) led the Trojans in scoring.
DeRuyter 90, Morrisville-Eaton 75
The Rockets completed an undefeated season thanks in large part to Tristan Worlock’s 32 points and 10 rebounds.
Gavin Richardson added 26 points, eight assists and seven rebounds, and Ben Barnes had 18 points, seven rebounds and seven assists.
Riley Glisson only had one field goal, but added eight assists and four steals.
The Rockets (13-0) won their games by an average of 28 points, and the 15-point victory in this game was tied for their smallest margin of victory of the year.
Homer 59, Cortland 38
Gracie Patriarco had a triple-double with 22 points, 10 rebounds and 10 steals in the season finale for both the Trojans and the Purple Tigers.
Katlyn Sovocool wrapped up her high school career with nine points, seven rebounds, five assists and four steals.
“We bring back a real good group next year, but I would be lying if I said losing Katlyn wasn’t a big loss,” Trojans coach C.J. Kudla said. “She’s been their leader and a lockdown defender for the past four years. We’ll figure it out this offseason, but losing a kid like her is always a hard one to come to terms with.”
Catherine Apker added 17 points, six rebounds and six steals, and Sarah Sovocool had nine points, six steals and four rebounds.
“I thought we played very well defensively,” Kudla said. “This offseason and next season are going to be a heck of a lot of fun.”
DeRuyter 3, Stockbridge Valley 0
The Rockets swept the match by scores of 2519, 25-15 and 25-13.
Olivia Lidell had 19 assists. Jaidan Degear had 10 kills, five digs and three aces. Jet Williams had six digs, three kills and three blocks.