The Cortland boys basketball team bounced back from its first loss of the season and moved to 3-1 after defeating the visiting Oswego Buccaneers 52-31 Friday night.
Cortland’s defense held Oswego in check all night as the Buccaneers’ offense was held to eight points or fewer in each of the first three quarters. They scored 14 in the fourth but the game was already blown open by then.
The Purple Tigers played a strong zone defense that keyed in on the Buccaneers best offensive players, which led to their struggles and points on the other end.
“Oswego has two players that are averaging 18 and 16 points, respectively,” Purple Tigers head coach Jeremy Mulligan said. “Two strong guards that we really identified as people we have to find in that zone and I thought our team did a great job all game of doing it.”
The offense from the Purple Tigers was also great, as they flawlessly moved the ball around the perimeter while having a number of cuts to the basket that led to several easy looks. Mulligan expected the Buccaneers to come out in a man-to-man defense, but to his surprise, they did not. His team still attacked the zone terrifically despite not prepping for it during practice.
“We had scouted Oswego and they played man-to-man in the game we saw, so we have been doing a lot of man-to-man prep. I was proud of the guys to come out and execute our zone offense,” Mulligan said.
In the second half, the Buccaneers switched to that man defense that the Purple Tigers were expecting and they were fully prepared to go against it.
“We were able to extend our lead when Oswego went to man-to-man and we were able to perform some of those man-to-man offensive sets that we had,” Mulligan said. “We had some good curls and good action towards the basket for some easy layups.”
The Purple Tigers came into their matchup against the Buccaneers full of confidence.
They have not played since a Dec. 8 loss to Skaneateles, so they were eager to get back on the floor and get a win.
“We have had a nine-day layoff between games and we have really been working the boys hard,” Mulligan said. “So, we were kind of expecting to have a great game tonight and the boys came out and performed.”
Max Gambitta led the way for the Purple Tigers with 17 points, while Marvin Bell had eight points and five rebounds. Emerson Johnson added eight points to go along with 14 rebounds. Tyler Blake had seven points, six boards, five blocks and four steals. Carter Baum (6), Gaven Truman (2), Robbie Atkins (2) and Ben McGrath rounded out the scoring.
Next up for the Purple Tigers is a road game at 6:45 p.m. Tuesday against Fowler.
MADISON 64, CINCINNATUS 55
Scott Schuyler’s 30 points couldn’t help Cincinnatus overcome Madison’s dynamic duo of Ethan Rivers and Hayden Dumas, who scored 23 points apiece. The loss was the Lions’ first of the season.
Schuyler made seven threes and scored 17 of his points in the second half. Kooper Vosburg scored seven points, while Canden Stafford and Tyler Liddle added in six points apiece. Cason Stafford and Tucker Latta both scored three points to round out Cincinnatus’ scoring.
Madison took an eight-point lead into the halftime break and was able to hold on throughout the rest of the game.
TULLY 63, MATER DEI ACADEMY 48
Tully used a 36-21 first half to cruise to their sixth straight win to start the season.
Tommy Maley scored 17 points and buried four threes to lead the Black Knights’ offense. Maley also had four steals. Lane Edinger was the only other Tully player in double figured, scoring 15 points to go with nine rebounds, six assists and six steals. Ryan Mize nearly had a double-double, netting eight points and grabbing 14 boards. Mick Swan (7), Matt Congelli (5), Michael Reid (5), Kevin Wood (4) and Connor Bestedo (2) also scored for Tully. Congelli also had five rebounds and Wood added three steals.
UNION SPRINGS 71, MARATHON 33
Union Springs made 12 3-pointers and played a pressure man-to-man defense to take down Marathon. Braeden Morrison led the Olympians in scoring with 17 points and Conor Holland added 14 points and eight rebounds.
CORTLAND 49, OSWEGO 31
Cortland outscored Oswego 28-13 in the second half as the Purple Tigers won their second straight game. Kendall Mack and Mallory Turner each scored eight points in the second half. Mack led Cortland with 13 points, while Turner did not score in the first half.
Margaret Starr added in nine points for the Purple Tigers, while Kirsten Merritt pitched in eight. Claire Turner (4), Valerosa Gambitta (3) and Sophia Ryan (2) also scored for Cortland.
UNION SPRINGS 52, MARATHON 41
Marathon lost the second and third quarters by a combined score of 31-14 as they lost for the second time in their last three games.
Brooke Tillotson and Abigail Ensign each scored 17 points. Tillotson went a perfect 10-for-10 from the free-throw line and Ensign buried three triples. Paige Hurlburt scored seven points to
finish off the Olympians’ scoring.
MORAVIA 53, SOUTHERN CAYUGA 36
Moravia was able to pull away with a 19-7 third quarter after going into the half tied at 19 to get their fourth consecutive win.
Chloe Hanson led Moravia with 22 points and seven rebounds, while Kate Baylor followed her up with 17 points, five rebounds, three assists and five steals.
CORTLAND/HOMER 5, ITHACA 2
Chris Yang scored two goals as Cortland/ Homer won their second game in a row. The Golden Eagles scored two goals apiece in the second and third periods.
Andrew Partigianoni, Ryan Spalding and Hunter Everle also scored for Cortland/Homer. Partigianoni, Braden Marsh, Tanner Douglass and Jacob Couture added in assists for the Golden Eagles.
DERUYTER 3, PORT BYRON 0
DeRuyter bounced back with a dominant win after a close loss to Cincinnatus Thursday night. The Rockets beat Port Byron 25-17, 25-16, 25-14.
Olivia Lidell led DeRuyter with 11 assists, five digs and three aces. Keely Worlock aided Lidell with eight digs, five kills and three aces. Abrianna Whitt had six digs and an ace, Emma Denkenberger contributed four aces, three kills and two digs and Madelyn Pforter notched four kills, two assists and a dig. Kelsey Brown also had three digs and two kills, Emily Elwood had three kills and two aces, Neveah Woods had two kills and a dig and Amaya Rounsaville pitched in a dig and an ace.
THIS WEEKEND’S SCHEDULE
Cortland at Central Square, 9 a.m. today
Homer, Marathon, 9:30 a.m. today at Walton High School
INDOOR TRACK & FIELD
Cortland, 3 p.m. today at Onondaga Community College
Dryden, Groton, Moravia, 9 a.m. today, 2 p.m. Sunday at SUNY Cortland Lusk Field House