January 27, 2022

Turnovers doom Cortland

Mistakes prove costly as Purple Tigers fall to Red Rams

Katie Vartanian/contibuting photographer

Cortland’s Marvin Bell is defended by Jamesville-Dewitt’s Brendan Kohberger (30) and Benjamin Schellinger (24). Bell had 13 points and 14 rebounds in the Purple Tigers’ 54-42 loss.

Turnovers were an issue for the Cortland boys basketball team in its 54-42 loss to visiting Jamesville-Dewitt Tuesday night.

Jamesville-Dewitt pressured Cortland’s guards constantly throughout the game, causing the Purple Tigers committed a total of 28 turnovers that often led to points on the other end for the Red Rams.

“J-D wanted to speed us up and test our guards and right now, for our team, besides Max (Gambitta), our guards are very inexperienced,” Cortland head coach Jeremy Milligan said. “I think J-D capitalized on that. I thought our guards were a bit more tentative than I would have liked. For us to turn the ball over 28 times, it is going to be difficult for us to compete in any game.”

Gambitta is the primary ball handler for Cortland and did what he could, but, in order to break a press like the Red Rams used, it has to be a team effort from the Purple Tigers.

“This is definitely a good learning experience for us to grow from and know that we have to be more aggressive and not just rely on Max to break the press,” Milligan said. “We have to be able to break it as a team.”

Cortland led for much of the first half and got out to a 14-9 lead after the first quarter. Jamesville-Dewitt stuck around and continued to capitalize on all the turnovers, eventually taking a 36-32 lead heading into the fourth.

The Red Rams then went on an 18-10 run in the final quarter to seal the win.

The Red Rams led 41-38 midway through the fourth and the Purple Tigers had some decent looks in the final minutes, but failed to convert and, with 50.2 seconds left, found themselves down 49-40. The Red Rams then got stops defensively and hit their free throws to walk out victorious.

Cortland is still playing without its starting center, Tyler Blake. This has given the chance for several other players to see minutes and gain more experience on the court, a positive in Milligan’s eyes.

“Other guys are seeing the court and getting valuable minutes to learn and grow,”

Milligan said. “Sometimes making mistakes and learning from it; that is the best learning tool there is. Feel those mistakes and try and improve on them.”

Gambitta led the way for the Purple Tigers with 16 points. Marvin Bell had another double-double with 13 points and 14 rebounds. Emerson Johnson also contributed 10 points.

Cortland will look to get back in the win column at 6:30 p.m. Friday on the road against Auburn.

“We come back tomorrow and put our hard hats on and get back to work; we stay focused and stay together,” Milligan said. “All of our wins this season have been when we stay together. That is the motto after the game. A lot of games are left, so we are looking forward to another tough league opponent this time on the road.”


Homer lost the second half 28-22 and was unable to mount a significant comeback in its loss to Phoenix. Only five players scored for the Trojans.

Evan Butts led the way offensively for Homer with 13 points. Jon Barnes and Wyatt Wilbur netted 12 points apiece. Mitchell Earle added in four points and Reid Partis had one for Homer.


Dryden struggled offensively, scoring just six first-half points as the Lions’ three-game win streak was snapped.

Lauren Gulini led Dryden with six points, while Abigail Spano added four. Sidni Pinkney, Mikayla Hisey and Kahlen Cornell all contributed three points apiece and Aynalem Kinney scored two points.

“We just could not hit our shots tonight,” Dryden head coach Laszlo Engel said. “It was one of those nights that when we don’t score, the rest of the game simply does not go well. Whitney Point made their shots and played well defensively making it difficult for us to get our momentum back.”

No other details were reported.


Luca and Avery Canzano were the only two Cortland wrestlers to win their matches against J-D/CBA.

Luca Canzano got a pin at 1:56 in his 160-pound match and Avery Canzano won 8-1 on points in his 132-pound match.

Asher Tinker was the only Cortland wrestler to lose by points, falling 5-0 at 285 pounds.

Homer finished in 14th out of 36 schools at the Windsor tournament last week despite entering only six wrestlers to compete. Talan Hubbard won the 110-pound weight class and Sam Sorenson took the title at 215 pounds.

Hubbard won by pin in the finals in 4:46 and won his semifinal match 6-3 on points.

Sorenson took his final match 10-1 on points and his semifinal match 5-0.


HOMER 7, A-P-W 0
Mike Grant had three games above 200 and a 667 series to lead Homer. Grant’s best game was his final one, where he rolled a 221.

Brenton Hapgood had the second best series at 607, with his best game being a 223. Ky Townsend also had a 590 series and 220 game. Nate McMullin rolled two 211 games and had a 569 series. Aaron Platt threw a 541 series and had a 212 game and Tanner Vogel had a 457 series to round out Homer’s big day.


HOMER 7, A-P-W 0

Ashlynn Holcomb and Nikki Biviano both had series scored over 400 for Homer, with Holcomb throwing a 431 and Biviano having a 428.

Caitlyn Vieou’s 393 series and Morgan Brown’s 376 series represent the only other three-game sets for a Trojan. Addison Platt (254) and Arielez Morales (230) bowled two games for Homer and Kimberli Proctor (156) and Olivia Hamilton (139) competed in one.


McGraw at DeRuyter, 7 p.m.
Trumansburg at Dryden, 7:30 p.m.
Tully at Weedsport, 7 p.m.

Groton at Marathon, 7:15 p.m.
Dryden at Trumansburg, 6 p.m.
Moravia at Union Springs, 7:30 p.m.

Weedsport at McGraw, 5:30 p.m.
Cincinnatus at Faith Heritage, 5:30 p.m.
CBA at Tully, 7 p.m.

Homer at Marcellus, 6 p.m.
Moravia at Marathon, 6 p.m.
Groton at Odessa-Montour, 7 p.m.

Cortland at Syracuse City, 3:30 p.m.
Odessa-Montour at Groton, 4 p.m.