January 28, 2008


Counterpunching helps Rockets hold off Beavers

DeRUYTER — Brandon Meacham scored 19 points and Brett Vosburg added 13 points as four DeRuyter Central boys hit double figures during the Rockets 68-65 Central Counties League basketball victory over visiting Brookfield Saturday.
DeRuyter improves to 9-7 overall and 8-2 CCL, which puts the Rockets in sole possession of second place in league. Brookfield now falls to 7-3.
“I was real pleased with the way we counterpunched today,” said DeRuyter coach Kim Brown. “Each time Brookfield scored in a crucial situation, we were able to answer. Hopefully it’s a sign of things to come as the season winds down.”
While the game was close much of the time, the fourth quarter was really exciting as DeRuyter took a 50-46 advantage into those final eight minutes. Brookfield had cut the lead to two points at 50-48 when Dan Button hit two free throws for the visitors to tie the game at 50. DeRuyter and Brookfield would remain tied at 52 and 54 after they traded baskets.
With 3:40 left, Meacham hit a 3-pointer from the wing to give DeRuyter a 57-54 lead. After Brookfield missed three free throw attempts, Dan Raymond got fouled and sank two free throws to give DeRuyter a 59-54 lead.  DeRuyter would then get Raymond lay-in off a Vosburg assist to go up 61-54.
 Brookfield battled back as Corey Cowen and Button would score to cut the Rockets’ lead to 61-58. 
Meacham would then hit another three off an Ethan Grime assist to give the Rockets a 64-58 lead. Button’s two free throws cut the DeRuyter lead to four points and when the Rockets missed the front end of a one-and-one Brookfield got a 3-pointer from Cowen to close within 64-63. 
Vosburg would make two free throws to make it 66-63, but Button’s field goal got Brookfield back to within one point at 66-65 with 2.4 seconds left. 
Grime would then get fouled with 0.3 seconds left. He sank both free throws to put the Rockets on top 68-65. Brookfield’s last second shot was a third-quarter court attempt that was off the mark.
Meacham scored eight points, including two 3-pointers, in the first quarter as DeRuyter took an early 13-9 lead. The Rockets outscored Brookfield 19-17 in the second quarter to take a 32-26 lead into the half.
In the third quarter, Brookfield cut DeRuyter advantage by two points and trailed 50-46 headed into the final quarter.
Grime added 12 points to winning attack with Dustin McClure netting 10 points.
Brookfield got 21 points from Dan Plows, Cowen added 17 points while Button netted 16 points. 
DeRuyter will host Otselic Valley Tuesday, which will be Senior Night for the Rockets. Otselic Valley is still undefeated and state ranked. The Rockets lost to OV 53-51 in their first meeting.
DeRuyer JVs beat Brookfield 55-34 as Alan Cizenski led the way with 23 points, 19 rebounds and nine steals.




Sharp-shooting Saints roll on

EATON — A torrid second half shooting touch enabled Cortland Christian Academy boys to run off with their 31st consecutive basketball victory on Saturday.
In a non-league road test, the Saints shot 61 percent from the floor during a 47-point second half outburst that finished off a off a 72-39 victory over New Life from _Hamilton.
The winners shot 54 percent for the game, making 34-of-63 shots.
Before suffering a second half ankle sprain, C.J. Burnett did a little bit of everything for the Saints including scoring a game-high 20 points. The senior grabbed 13 rebounds, dished out eight assists and had five steals as Cortland Christian improved to 8-0 on the season.
Kyle Kinney and Kyle Ripley added eight points apiece in the victory, with Ripley grabbing seven rebounds and collecting five assists. Greg Buchanan added seven points while Darren Miller had six points, seven rebounds and four assists.
Paul Brown had 15 points and Phil Dickerson 12 for New Life (4-9).
CORTLAND CHRISTIAN girls pulled away in the late going to beat foul-troubled New Life 38-25. Up 25-22 early in the fourth quarter, the Lady Saints (5-2) went on a 13-1 run to break the game open as the hosts lost two starters in fouls along the way.
Leah Sweeney had 15 points for the Lady Saints, including the second quarter put-back that put the visitors ahead for keeps at 15-13. Larissa Miller added seven points. Beth Renner led New Life (3-9) with eight points.
Cortland Christian returns to Empire State Christian Athletic League play today, hosting Cincinnatus Christian. The girls get things underway at 5 p.m.





Panthers topple twice to OCC

DRYDEN — Two of the worst halves of basketball Tompkins Cortland Community College men’s basketball has played this season produced a lopsided loss on Saturday.
The Panthers were beaten 79-52 by visiting Onondaga CC, dropping to 13-7 overall and 3-3 in the Mid-State Athletic Conference. OCC improves to 15-5 and 5-1.
The game opened well for the Panthers with the tip-in by Tony Parker and a 3-pointer by Adam Prue to put the home team up 5-0 early. The lead was short-lived, however, as Onondaga went on a 16-2 run to take control.
The Panthers shot just 27 percent from the floor and were outrebounded 56-43.
Owen Mann led the Panthers with a double-double of 10 points and 11 rebounds. Chris Garcia was the only other Panther to reach double figures with 10 points.
Zack Thomsen led Onondaga with 21 points.
TCW WOMEN came up short Saturday, falling to Onondaga CC 76-49. The Panthers fall to 6-13 overall and 1-5 in the MSAC. Onondaga improves to 13-6 overall and 4-2 in conference.
The visitors ripped off the game’s first 13 points and had a 41-16 advantage at halftime.
Jenn Iler led TC3 with 14 points while Nicole Reid added 11 points. Tasha Chamberlain led the team on the boards with 10 rebounds.
Onondaga’s Tricia Allen led all scorers with 19 points.
TC3 will return to action Wednesday, both teams traveling to Auburn to take on Cayuga CC.