January 14, 2011
Unbeaten CHS wins ugly
Routs Fulton for 8th win
Despite the final outcome, Cortland High boys’ basketball coach Mick Lowie wasn’t particularly kind in his assessment of Thursday night’s 60-34 victory over visiting Fulton.
“It was an ugly game,” Lowie said, his squad now perfect through seven OHSL Freedom American Division games and eight contests overall. “Fulton has a way of doing that to you. I saw them play against East Syracuse-Minoa and Fowler. Both were better teams, but Fulton plays hard all the time and hangs around.”
Junior guard Qwuhail Barlow led Cortland with 11 points and also had a team-high five assists, as gritty Fulton left town 0-6 in division play and 0-8 overall.
“The game started like we wanted,” said Coach Lowie. “We were up 9-2, rolling pretty well, and all of the sudden we’re down 10-9. We were able to get good shots any time we wanted, but didn’t shoot well; we went 5-for-20 in the first quarter.”
Still, the Purple Tigers led 14-10 after the first eight minutes, and then pretty much put the game away by outscoring the Red Raiders 20-6 in the second to take a 34-16 lead at the half.
“Brandon (Babcock, junior center) got untracked in the second, with six points,” Lowie said. “There weren’t a lot of fouls called. The officials were letting the teams play, and he took the brunt of that. We started the game using full-court pressure on defense and went to a half-court trap in the second, which confused Fulton more. We were able to get some steals an some transition baskets.”
Senior forward Justin Hogan had five points in the quarter, including a 3-pointer at the buzzer.
Fulton actually cut into the lead slightly in the third with an 8-7 edge and trailed 41-24 heading into the fourth, Cortland with a 19-10 advantage during the final eight minutes to account for the final margin.
“We were very impatient and weren’t disciplined,” Lowie said. “We had 23 turnovers, the most we’ve had in a game all season. We were trying to force things and were, I thought, a little too unselfish at times.
“We had a big advantage in rebounding and should have done well there, because Fulton didn’t have any size,” he added, CHS winning the battle of the boards 49-33.
While Barlow led the balanced scoring ledger, Hogan had 10 points to go along with eight rebounds and two blocked shots. Scoring nine points apiece were Babcock (the leading rebounder with 11, plus two blocks, two assists and two steals), junior guard Jonathan Prior (in addition to five rebounds and four steals) and junior forward J.P. Reagan (plus eight rebounds, three assists, three steals and two blocks).
The Purple Tigers will take on Nottingham at 3:30 p.m. Saturday in the first round of the Oneida Tournament, and depending on that result will face either Oneida or Rome Free Academy on Sunday.
Tyler French scored 13 points and Hunter Gorton added 10 for Fulton.
CORLTAND JVs beat Fulton 53-47 to improve to 6-1 in the league and 7-1 overall as Logan Lang led the way with 16 points and Kody Cranston added 10. Chilson led all scorers with 17 points for Fulton.
The Purple Tiger JVs will also compete in the Oneida Tournament this weekend, facing Nottingham at 1:45 p.m. Saturday and either RFA or the hosts on Sunday.
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